Poule en Sauce (Haitian Stewed Chicken)

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Poule en Sauce / Haitian Stewed Chicken

Poule en Sauce is a staple of Haitian cuisine. This delicious dish of tender stewed chicken with garlic, onion, peppers, and spices is easy enough to throw together on a weeknight. Serve with rice for a satisfying family dinner.

(Serves 4)

Total Time: 1 hr 5 min


  • 1 medium chicken, cut in pieces, or 6 whole chicken thighs
  • 1 lime or lemon, cut in half
  • Garlic, chopped, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Ground cloves, to taste
  • 4-5 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced in rounds
  • 2 green bell peppers, sliced
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1 hot pepper, whole (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Rinse the chicken under cool water, rub with the lemon or lime, and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the chicken pieces on each side for a short time, just until golden brown.
  4. Arrange the chicken pieces in a large ovenproof pan and sprinkle over the onions and bell peppers.
  5. In a small bowl combine the garlic, tomato paste, water and a pinch or two of ground cloves and mix well. Taste and add more seasoning if desired. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Add the hot pepper if desired.
  6. Bake uncovered for at least 45 minutes, until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  7. Serve hot with a side of rice.
Adapted from Tropical Foodies