cuban shredded chicken with black beans and rice on a white plate
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Cuban-Style Crispy Shredded Chicken (Vaca Frita de Pollo)

Easy-to-make Cuban crispy shredded chicken with homemade mojo marinate, pan-fried with sautéed onions. Great use for leftover chicken!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Marinading20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: crispy shredded chicken, cuban vaca frita, vaca frita, vaca frita de pollo
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Jamie Silva


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked and shredded (~3 lbs)
  • 1.5 cups mojo marinade
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1/2 sliced white onion
  • Cauliflower Congri optional side dish


  • In a bowl, add cooked shredded chicken with homemade mojo marinade. Marinate for at least 20 minutes. The longer the better.
  • In a skillet, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté onions until translucent. Add remaining tablespoon of olive oil and marinated shredded chicken. Pan fry for about 10 minutes, until brown and crispy. Transfer to a plate.
  • Serve with cauliflower congri, salad or black beans and rice.



Serving: 1serving (1 cup shredded chicken) | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.8g | Protein: 52.6g | Fat: 10.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 735mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 0.6g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.7mg