Rioja-Style Chicken Recipe - Pollo a la Riojana

This chicken recipe comes from the region of La Rioja, in the North of Spain, hence the name "Pollo a la Riojana" or Rioja-Style Chicken. It is a region well-known for its wine production.



1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces, OR 8 pieces of legs and breasts

1 yellow onion, peeled

2 cloves garlic

2 red peppers

1 Spanish chorizo sausage

3-4 Tbsp. olive oil

2-3 sprigs parsley

1 cup white wine

1 cup chicken broth

1-15 oz. can peas, drained (or 8 oz. frozen peas)

salt and pepper to taste


Total:60 mins

Prep:10 mins

Cook:50 mins

5-6 Servings



  1. Peel and chop the onion. Peel the garlic and cut into thin slices. Remove the stems and seeds and cut the red peppers into strips.

  2. Slice the chorizo into rounds. Chop the parsley.

  3. Heat a large, heavy-bottomed pot with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Brown the chicken in the pot on both sides.

  4. Remove pot from heat and set aside.

  5. While the chicken is browning in the pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed frying pan or skillet over medium heat.

  6. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onion is translucent.

  7. Add parsley, peppers, chorizo. Cook, stirring often for about 10 minutes.

  8. Add vegetables to the large pot of chicken and mix.

  9. Add white wine and chicken broth. Stir.

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