Fritada de Gallina (Fried Chicken)

Serves: 10-12 people

Fritada de gallina is a delicious and tender Ecuadorian chicken dish.  Seven out of seven Downings highly recommend this delicious dish. To hear the podcast of this recipe simply click play below.



  • 5 lbs chicken, assorted pieces
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 ½ heads of garlic, 1 head peeled and crushed, the other ½ head peeled and whole
  • 1  white onion, cut in large pieces
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch of salt
  • Avocado slices



First.  Mix the crushed garlic and cumin with the wine, orange juice, cinnamon, and cloves.

Then.  Soak the chicken in the liquid marinade mix for at least 2 hours, overnight is better.

Then.  Pour the chicken and marinade in a large deep pan, add the whole garlic cloves and white onion

Then.  Cook over low medium heat, should be lightly boiling most of the time, for about 1 ½ hours or until the liquid starts to reduce, stir sporadically.

Then.  Continue cooking for 30 minutes, but watch it carefully from this point, stir more frequently.

Then.  Reduce the heat to low until the liquid evaporates. Stir frequently to keep the chicken from burning and cook until the chicken pieces are browned.

Enjoy. Serve with avocado slices and hot sauce. Click here for our Ecuadorian hot sauce recipe.


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