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Adapted from the film Welcome to Shelbyville
directed and produced by Kim A. Snyder

Miguel's 'Pollo en Crudo' Recipe

Miguel from the cast of Welcome to Shelbyville recently got in touch with us to contribute his own recipe for the Welcome to Shelbyville Night of Broadcast Welcoming Gatherings:

“Every time I would return to Mexico for a visit,” he told us, “my mom would ask me what I want and I would always say: ‘Pollo en Crudo.’ Even past eighty she was still cooking for me.”

Why “Pollo en Crudo,” which translated means “raw chicken?” “It’s a very tasty dish, but with that name…” Miguel wondered.

After years of mystery, Miguel finally learned his mother’s secret.  The tomato sauce is prepared and cooked before everything else, and the raw chicken marinates in it before the dish is cooked. “So it’s not raw” explained Miguel, “and it tastes so good.”

Miguel is very proud of the women in his family. “My mother was a very strong female and took care of my father for a long time.” One year before she passed away, Miguel went back to Mexico to be with his mother on her final Mother’s Day.  “I’m so glad I did.” Miguel asked his mother for the recipe so that he could pass it on to his kids. “She guided me through the whole process. I was so happy. Now my daughter, Rocio, has started preparing this for her family too.”

2 lbs. of skinless chicken cut (legs, thighs, breasts, wings)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 medium tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1/4 of medium onion
1/4 tsp. of dried oregano
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. of salt
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1 c. sliced pickled carrots
1 c. sliced pickled onions
1 c. sliced pickled nopales (pickled cactus)


Blend and crush (but do not puree): 3 tomatoes, a garlic clove, 1/4 medium onion, 1/4 tsp. oregano, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, 1 tbsp. salt, and 2 tbsp. of vinegar.

Sautee the blended mixture in 1 tbsp. of olive oil for approximately 5 minutes.

Add the chicken pieces to the mixture and cook them for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until fully cooked. Stir to ensure the chicken is fully covered in the mixture.

Add pickled carrots, onions, and nopales (cactus) to chicken.

Cover pan with lid and cook for approximately 5 minutes.

Serves: 4-6 people

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