Chicken Havana

Vicki Butts (lazyme)


A simple and flavorful Cuban dish.


★★★★★ 3 votes

15 Min
25 Min
Stove Top


  • 8
    chicken thighs, boned and skinned
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    cooking oil
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    chicken broth
  • 1/2 c
    dark rum
  • 1/4 c
    orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 c
    black beans, rinsed
  • 1/3 c
    pimento, chopped
  • 2 medium
    garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ·
    romaine lettuce, for serving
  • 1/4 c
    sweet onion, chopped
  • ·
    orange slices, for serving
  • ·
    lime slices, for serving
  • ·
    parsley, chopped, for serving

How to Make Chicken Havana


  1. Sprinkle garlic salt and pepper over the chicken pieces after rinsing and patting them dry. Fold in the sides of the thighs to reshape them to their original form. Secure the sides with toothpicks.
  2. In a frying pan, pour the oil and heat to medium-high temperature. Add chicken and cook, turning, about 8 minutes or until brown on all sides.
  3. Remove the chicken and set aside. Discard the drippings from the pan.
  4. In a medium bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in a small amount of the broth. Stir in the remaining broth, rum, orange juice concentrate, oregano, cumin, and hot pepper sauce.
  5. Pour the mixture into the same fry pan and cook, stirring, until mixture boils.
  6. Return the chicken to the sauté pan, turning to coat.
  7. Reduce heat to low and simmer, turning twice, about 20 minutes or until chicken is fork tender.
  8. Remove the chicken from the pan, remove wooden toothpicks. Set the chicken aside, and keep it warm.
  9. To sauce left in the sauté pan, add beans, pimento, and garlic. Heat mixture to boiling and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  10. Place lettuce leaves on a platter. Arrange the chicken over the lettuce. Spoon bean mixture over the chicken, then sprinkle with onion.
  11. Garnish with orange and lime slices and parsley.

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About Chicken Havana

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Cuban

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