Chaulafan de pollo {Ecuadorian chicken fried rice}

Ecuadorian chaulafan de pollo

This recipe for chaulafan de pollo or Ecuadorian style chicken fried rice is made with chicken, rice, bacon, onions, garlic, peppers, bell peppers, peas, carrots, scrambled eggs, raisins, spices and herbs. Chaulafan is the Ecuadorian version of fried rice. There are many different types of chaulafan: shrimp, chicken, pork, mixed. In most major cities in Ecuador you will find chifas or Chinese restaurants, these are usually the best places to eat chaulafan. You can either eat at the restaurant or take it to go. When I was in high school in Loja, there was a chifa right across from the home of one of my best friends; it always made me so hungry every time I walked by that place.

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Chaulafan de pollo: Ecuadorian chicken fried rice
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Yield: For 12 to 15 people

Chaulafan de pollo: Ecuadorian chicken fried rice

Chaulafan de pollo is an Ecuadorian chicken fried rice made with rice, chicken, bacon, onions, garlic, peppers, bell peppers, peas, carrots, scrambled eggs, raisins, spices and herbs.


    Chicken broth
  • 5 lbs whole chicken, or assorted pieces
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 5 cilantro sprigs
  • Salt to taste
  • Rice
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 2 tbs white onion, diced
  • 3 ¼ cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups uncooked rice
  • Salt to taste
  • Chaulafan
  • 2-3 tbs oil or butter + 3 tbs butter
  • 1 cup diced white onions
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 oz pancetta or diced bacon
  • 3 tbs finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbs hot pepper powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp achiote powder
  • 2 bell peppers (1 red and 1 green), diced
  • 1 cup cooked peas
  • 2 cooked carrots, diced (1 cup)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 6 eggs, scrambled
  • 7 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs Worcester sauce
  • 3 tbs finely chopped cilantro/parsley
  • 2 bunches scallions or green onions, finely chopped
  • Sides:
  • Avocado slices, aji or hot sauce, ketchup, curtido or pickled onions


  1. Bring the water, carrots, onions, celery and herbs to boil in a large pot, add the chicken and cook over medium heat for about 1 hour or until the chicken is very tender and fully cooked.
  2. Remove the chicken from the broth and save the broth.
  3. To cook the rice, heat the butter, add the onions and the rice, stir well. Then add the broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile debone the chicken and reserve the chicken meat for later.
  5. Heat the first 2-3 tbs butter or oil over medium heat in a large pan to prepare a refrito or base for the chaulafan.
  6. Add the chopped onions, diced pancetta, crushed garlic, 1 tbs Worcester sauce, 1 tbs soy sauce, cumin, cilantro, hot pepper powder, and achiote powder; cook for about 5-8 minutes or until the onions are soft.
  7. Add the cooked rice, chicken meat, and diced bell peppers. Stir well and cook over medium high heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Stir in the remaining soy sauce, remaining Worcester sauce, scrambled eggs, peas, carrots, raisins, mix well.
  9. Add the chopped herbs and green onions.
  10. Serve with avocado slices, aji or hot sauce, pickled red onions or curtido, and ketchup (or spicy ketchup).

Some time ago I posted a recipe for arroz on pollo or chicken rice. While it was popular and I received good feedback on that recipe, the most common feedback was along the lines of  “this is great, but where’s the other arroz con pollo or chaulafan de pollo?”.  I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, sorry it’s so late for those requested it (but better late than never, right?).

As I mentioned before, this particular chaulafan de pollo is very popular and is also known as arroz con pollo or rice with chicken.  Another very popular chaulafan is one that has a combination of chicken, ham and pork. I did add a small amount of pancetta or bacon to this chaulafan, but feel free to leave it out if you don’t eat pork. One of my favorite parts about making this chaulafan is making the broth, it smells so good and reminds me of consome de pollo – a very tasty and simple chicken broth  served with or without a piece of chicken plus chopped green onions and cilantro.

It also reminds how great homemade chicken broth is, I always say that if I had enough free time I would never buy store bought broth again. However, that is never the case and taking busy schedules into consideration, for those who want to make a quick variation of this chaulafan you can use the meat from a store bought rotisserie chicken plus store bought chicken broth.  I recommend serving this with avocado slices, hot sauce and some ketchup (yes, ketchup, if you have the spicy type it is the best).

Chaulafan de pollo or Ecuadorian chicken fried rice

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This post was last modified: August 19th, 2016 by Layla Pujol


  1. Nancy Franco says:

    Me da orgullo que las recetas Ecuatorianas se esten conociendo mas
    Por Layita que la esta dando a conocer, gracias

  2. James Hawkes says:

    This is the most amazing cross cultural dish.

    I found this site googling Chimichurri recipes and then delved around.

    I grew up in Hong Kong and the Cantonese for Fried Rice is Chow Fun, that there is an Ecuadorean dish with a Spanish interpretation, Chaulafan, of the Cantonese in an amazing cross cultural find.

    Thanks for the recipes.

    • carol bee says:

      I was in the Peace Corps inEcuador, and in Chone, my first site was a gentleman from China,sent there in the hold of a ship when he thought he was going to S. China to work, but ended up in Ecuador where he married an Ecuadorian woman and took her family name. I lived on Chaulafan-heaven. This family and other Chinese-Ecuadorean famiies literally saved me on more than one occasion. I could never be grateful enough, food, friendship, and care.

  3. Just made it for my family, they loved it. I bought the rotisserie chicken and cooked the rest. Thank you for helping me share ecuadorian food with my family. Love the step to step instructions. Can’t wait to try the other recipes.

    • carol bee says:

      I lived in Chone, Manabi in 1965. Every day I had Chaulafan at a small Chinese/Ecuadorian hotel with a restuarant. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer. Just seeing the photo brings back all the memories. Mrs. Garcia, the owner took her name as it was too difficult to say his Chinese name, did the scrambled on a huge flat skillet. Then she took the crepe like eggs and rolled them into a wide tube. She sliced them in thin slices and scattered the rings on the Chaulafan. They were a wonderful family and I ate there and then visited with the Miinchong family who was also fantatic. I have to go eat something tonight as looking at the photo, well I just can’t explain. I’m now 72 and I think of Ecuador just about each day! Thanks for the memories.

  4. Margarita says:

    The best chaulafan made by me…. thanks to your recipe :D

  5. Hi Laylita-

    I made this recipe for a holiday lunch with my ecuadorian husband and my family. It turned out lovely paired with platanos maduros, avocado, and tree tomato aji (also your recipe!).

    We topped things off with Rosanna’s tiramisu. So happy that I was able to bring my husband a piece of home, while he is so far away from his family during the holidays!


  6. I made this recipe and we LOVE it!!!! It was perfect. I love your website and recipes .Thank You.


  8. I love this version of fried rice, especially because you’re adding the broth from the boiled chicken- it adds so much flavor! Looking at the ingredients list, it looks daunting, but as you put it together, it’s easy.

  9. I love this rice when i lived in Ecuador my mother always cooked for us,still do also i learn to cook for my family,they love it!!

  10. I made this recipe today- however I did not add the raisins, used bacon instead of the pancetta, and took your advice above and used a rotisserie chicken (garlic and herb flavored) shredded and organic chicken broth to make the rice in my rice cooker. I used a Goya packet with azafran in place of annatto, and I didn’t have any hot chili powder so I used a little bit of Sriracha hot sauce (good stuff). This dish is AMAZING! I know it’s a lot of chopping, but it’s so worth it, and it makes enough to share :)

  11. I made this last summer and it was delicious. Thanks for the recipe! I will be making it again very soon. :-) You have a wonderful website and beautiful photographs.

  12. I can’t believe I only just found your blog! This recipe is one I will definitely have to try. I came across your website looking for an empanada dough recipe (via and immediately decided I was following your recipe, mostly because you are a Seattleite like me!

    I can’t wait to browse the rest of your blog, and am a little sad to see you don’t post as regularly anymore. I hope you don’t mind me linking to your blog via my own, when I update about dinner tonight, I will point people to your empanada recipe. I like to give credit, where credit is due.


  13. My husband is Ecuadorian and I appreciate your recipes as he gets homesick for the tastes of South America.
    Thank you for taking the time and effort to make this site. I am going to bookmark it right now.

  14. I made this with rotisserie chicken, and it turned out great! I made half a recipe and it was enough for at least 6 servings. I was a little skeptical about the raisins but they added just the right touch of sweetness to balance the spice, similar with the ketchup. I love all the spices and herbs in your recipes – all the ones I have made have great flavor!

  15. I feel like I came to the table late. I was researching how to cook with achiote molido. Until now, I have just used it to dye fiber. (I am cooking chicken, and it is wonderful with this spice.). This recipe, however, thrills me to death. It is my next project. Thank you for the great, detailed information and the wonderful, informative photos!

  16. I am cooking this dish as we speak for my Ecuadorean meal in my Around the World in an RV project that I’ve been doing for my blog. Just making the broth made my little fifth wheel smell incredible and I can’t wait to dig in. I also made Aji and your pickled onion recipe to go with it. This along with your shrimp ceviche and potato salad recipes and I think this RV park is going to be fat & sassy!! Thanks for posting great recipes!

  17. I am from Dominican Republic and we make a very very similar dish called Chofán. This dish is always a hit in my home! Thanks for posting the recipe.

  18. Hi,

    Chaulafan is a Chinese translation of Fried-Spicy-Rice. Correct me if I’m wrong. I enjoyed making empanada using your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Hi, I just wanted to start off by saying I don’t normally post to websites or blogs but your recipes deserve a comment!

    I made this last night and wow it was a hit! I don’t normally eat bell peppers and I ate every bite. I love love love your blog! I stumbled upon on when looking for a pandebono recipe. I like how you show step by step how everything is suppose to look, as I am a visual person, especially when I haven’t made something before. Your presentation also knocks other websites out of the water! Congratulations! So far I’ve made pandebono, mousse de maracuya, potatoes au gratin and the chaulafan. I look forward to preparing more of your recipes. My next one will be the menestra de porotos (it reminds me of a bandeja paisa in your picture) yummmy! PLEASE continue to post new recipes for us to try :-)

  20. I have made this twice, and it has came out awesome… Great receipe..

  21. Looks awesome! I had forgotten all about this dish until now. I’ve had it once (and it was heavenly) but have never made it; the time has come!

  22. Hi

    I love this recipe. I am Ecuadorian living in Va married to American and this web site help me so much, what kind of soy sauce is? i have found a brand kikkoman do you think does it work? or which brand do you advice me?

    Laylita: Any soy sauce is fine, personally I like the low-sodium versions (Trader Joe’s has a good one)

  23. I’m cooking this at the moment Its looking and smelling soooo good.

  24. Saludos desde Loja, y muchas felicitaciones por tu pagina. Este Chaulafan se ve mas apetitoso que los que preparan en los Chifas aquí.

    Sigue adelante.

  25. Vickie wilson says:

    I am so glad I stumbled on to this blog. God all mighty, the recipes are great, but I think it’s the fantastic appetizing photography that’s got me hooked. I have this bookmarked and the first thing I want to make is the corn breads in the husk, humitas.

  26. Tra'Bien Long says:

    This dish is a really great one. I did extra credit for a spanish class I took in high shcool and it was very delicious and everybody loved it. With all the different flavors corresponding with each other from the spices to the sweet raisins it all came together.

  27. Wow!! Thank you for posting this recipe! I am enjoying it right at this moment. First time cooking it.

  28. Ingrid Lopez says:

    Excellent dish!!! Very flavorfull

  29. hola Laylita,
    This reciped looks delicious…I’m going to try this one as I’m trying to cook with my mom present so that I can get them all down to pass them onto my daughter and family.

  30. Laylita, feeling at a loss with what to do with my chiken – bored of the usual suspects -I found this recipe and gave it a whirl! Oh my it was scrumptious!! The new family favourite! There was one thing – my rice burnt ( cooked on low) do you stir in the cooking process as I left? thankyou for a delightful dinner!

  31. Laylita your recepies are really really great. I’ve tried a few now and they have all turned out just fantastic. My husband is ecuadorian and says the dishes taste authentic and just like they do back home, which is the point really! Thanks for sharing all these delicious recepies. If you were to compile them into a book I would definitely make a purchase . . . :-)

  32. Wondering if your going to be posting any more? I hope you return because I love your recipes and food advice!

  33. I just found your blog while i was looking for a locro de papas recipe. I spent a month studying in ecuador, and i absolutely fell in love with the food there! thanks so much for putting this up here!

  34. WOW!! Looks and sounds absolutely delicious!!! Love the photos!! I give you credit for snapping while cooking! ;)
    I’ll be back!!

  35. I was smelling this rice as I was reading your post. I am so interested in Ecuadorian food. Too bad there are no good Ecuadorian restaurants in Dallas!

  36. I love Chaulafan, I haven’t made it myself yet never knew the recipe but I think im going to try! I get Chaulafan from an ecuadorian restraunt down the street from my house all the time.

  37. Hi Laylita:
    I just got this email from a friend of the family with your website link, and I had tried to teach my daugther how to cook some of ours Ecuadorian food. alway she make fun of my little of this and a little of that so this a great website for us
    thank you for taken the time to put it together.
    :) Nora

  38. I was wondering the same thing, Juliana!

    Glad all’s well, Layla.

  39. Hi all. I made Laylita’s empanadas last night! Great recipe. Tks.
    By the way…Where is Laylita?

    I hope you come back soon.


    Hi Juliana – I’ve been working a lot (started a new job in June and have grossly neglected this blog as a result), but will try to start posting more frequently (have a ton of recipes to post just no time to edit photos or write).

  40. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING ECUADORIAN FOOD KNOWN AS A CULINARY FOOD, NOT JUST STREET CAR FARE. Me parece una cosa linda representar nuestra comida tipica como comida aya arriba con comidas frncesas e italianas. GRACIAS

  41. Oh, man, this looks like something I def want to eat!!!

  42. YUM! The pressure is on for Guillermo to make me some arroz con pollo! I’m going to send him this recipe. wanted to let you know I linked to you in my post today–keep up the great work!

  43. What a wonderful dish! Love the photos also!

  44. Oh my gosh, as gorgeous as ever! I’m redoing my blogroll for the new blog and realized it’s been a while. Adding you to the list (I’m working on it as we speak). This looks amazing, and I *think* I can veganize it. Love it!

  45. I just made it! It’s AMZING – But i have to say the kick is when you eat it with the aji crillo – superb!! Please can I have permission to add it to my recipe list =) – this is such a keeper. BTW – I wasn’t able to find the achiote in the regular grocery stores, someone told me to substitute turmeric and saffrom. Is achiote the same as annato?

    Hi Zaara-Yes, achiote is the same as annato. I’ve also substituted paprika for achiote when I couldn’t find achiote.

  46. Your site is AMAZING! There are so many recipes here that I want to try – but I’m starting off with this fried rice recipe – I have to have it NOW! =)

  47. Hola Laylita,

    Es increible lo similar en la cocina Ecuatoriana y la Colombiana. Me encanta tu blog y tus fotos…..yo creo que quiero comer cada plato de los que tienes en tu pagina. Igual que tu tambien tengo un blog en ingles sobre comida Colombiana.
    Sigue con el buen trabajo!

    Love, love and love your blog.


  48. Laylita,
    Soy de Ecuador tambien pero vivo en Alaska. No tengo palabras para describir la emocion que senti al encontrar tus recetas. Encontre tu blog buscando por Guatita!
    Mi esposo es americano pero le encanta la comida ecuatoriana y al fin encuentro un lugar donde se ve se siente y hasta casi se huele (jaja) que es comida casera…
    Gracias!! Gracias! Gracias!!!!!!!

  49. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing

  50. Margarita says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes with us!! I’m trying to teach my two girls how to cook and I was running out of recipes until now. I’m discovering new plates that I had heard of but never tried.

    Keep on cooking and posting. –Margarita

  51. I’m so jealous! How on earth can you make ‘rice’ look that good!!!!

    I’ll definitely be making this soon, looks great.


  52. Catherine says:

    Wow wow wow! That picture watered my mouth. Thanks for the step by step instructions. You make it seem very approachable :)

  53. Hi, I found your site looking for “helados de paila” (which I’m going to try…)

    I live in northern Italy where we use to eat a lot of rice (mainly in form of risotto) so I’m going to try some of your recipes (this one!) I don’t know anything about South American food but your recipes (and pictures) are making me really curious…

    Finding nice food/cooking sites is always a pleasure!

    (Sometimes I see plantains in supermarkets but I had no idea how to cook them, you recipe with mozzarella looks really good…:-D)

    Thank you for sharing

  54. Your fried rice reminds me so much of the one we also make. Check out my guest post here, I think you’ll like it :)

  55. This looks so delicious. I’m definitely going to try it. Just one question: you don’t chill the rice overnight like in most fried rice recipes? Doesn’t it get sticky?

    Hi Amy – I didn’t chill the rice at all, I use long grain rice and also the way I cook it keeps it from getting sticky.

  56. Hi Laylita!

    I want to tell you that I’m hosting an empanada making party inspired by your gorgeous blog and recipes. I’m going to try my best w/ your dough recipes and the others will bring their own fillings and we will bake away!

    I’m sending my partygoers to your site for ideas and inspiration.

    Thanks so much!

    Kathy from AZ

  57. Annalisa says:

    Laylita, I absolutely adore your site. I’m of Mexican, Spanish, German, French and Native American descent and I love to discover new dishes from other Latino cultures. I feel that it brings me closer to my roots, even if I’m not Equadorian or Chilean or whatever… I still feel like we are one people and I find it so satisfying to know that our cuisines are so similar in the ingredients we use and the preparations. Thanks sooo much for your wonderful blog. The only bad thing is I wish you posted more often! ~Annalisa

  58. This rice dish looks INCREDIBLE. I wish I had some for dinner tonight.

  59. ingridquartermaine says:

    Yummmmmy!!! Did you use regular long grain rice or Chinese rice ? this looks so good.

    Thanks! I used long grain rice.

  60. ¡Vamos a la chifa! When my wife and I went back to Ecuador in 2007…our last night in Quito, I had to find a Chifa so I could have some Ecuatorian Chaulofan. It was one of the best meals of our trip!!

  61. OH…my goodness!!!! This looks sooooo delicious! I have friends coming over this weekend and I was having problems thinking what to cook for them. I will definitely prepare this dish. Yummy! Thank you, Laylita.

  62. I am eager to make this, but is “hot pepper powder” the same as cayenne powder? And 2 Tablespoons? That sounds so extreme. And I love hot food.

    Hi Susan – In Ecuador we have a a hot pepper powder that is very mild, the hot pepper powder is used both for flavor as well as to add some color to the dish. You can use your favorite hot pepper powder and adjust the amount base on how spicy you want it. You can also just use paprika if you prefer.

  63. I love all kinds of fried rice and have been known to eat fried rice for breakfast on a regular basis (simple egg fried rice)…. Your fried rice looks amazingly flavourful. Definitely a great party dish.
    Thank you for sharing.

  64. This is a elaborate version of the fried rice. In Indian cuisine we make Biryani which is equally elaborate as this one. Beautiful clicks.

  65. Wow. This looks amazing.

  66. That looks amazing, and the photographs are beautiful. I like the idea of raisins in arroz chaufa.
    I’m going to try it!

  67. Wow – this is the most elaborate fried rice I’ve ever seen! Even we Chinese don’t usually use broth to cook the rice. But this looks so so so delicious!

  68. I’m so going to make this dish! Thanks!


  69. What a flavorful dish! Very appetizing!



  70. Another luscious recipe, thank you so much for sharing your vision and your expertise! Your photos are so beautiful – have you done a post about what equipment and lenses etc, that you use to make your images? It would be so great to learn more baout how you make such gorgeous pictures… of course, a lot just comes down to your ‘eye’ and your own particular styling, but if you feel like sharing some of your artistic secrets, I’m sure many of your followers would be all ears and eyes!

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