Panamanian Chicken and Vegetables

Panamanian Chicken and Vegetables

Published March 15, 2015 | Written by

Published by: Healthline Exclusive

Servings: 8
Total Time: 40 min

Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 25 min


Chayote can be found in the ethnic produce section of supermarkets or in Latino markets

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: approx. 4 ounces meat, 5 ounces vegetables
Calories per serving: -1
% Daily Value*
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 1 package Fresh Chicken Drumsticks, Family Pack
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon oregano, divided
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon achiote powder (annatto powder)*
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 chayote, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch cubes**
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Hot chile habanero sauce***, to taste
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) red kidney beans, drained

Step by Step:

  1. Season drumsticks with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the oregano. Heat oil in a large pot over low heat. Stir in achiote and simmer 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Sauté drumsticks until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in water, tomato paste, onion, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, green pepper, carrots, chayote, potato, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of oregano. Cover.
  3. Simmer 15 minutes. Stir in hot sauce and beans. Cover and simmer 10 minutes or until drumsticks are fully cooked (thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the drumstick registers 180°F.). Note *Achiote powder (annatto powder) can be found in spice section of Latino markets or use achiote seed prepared according to package directions and substitute the achiote oil for the oil in this recipe. **Chayote can be found in supermarkets' ethnic produce section or in Latino markets. ***Hot habanero sauce can be found in the Spanish section of most supermarkets.