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Bowl of traditional Mexican soup caldo de pollo.

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Caldo de pollo

Soups are versatile and nutritious dishes, with each type boasting a unique flavour determined by the ingredients used in the recipe.

One of the most popular and sought-after broth soups is caldo de pollo, a Mexican-style chicken soup made using different cuts of chicken and a variety of vegetables. In Mexican cuisine, 'caldo' translates to 'broth' in English, while 'pollo' means 'chicken'.

While every Mexican household has its own version of caldo de pollo, the recipe typically includes chicken and vegetables. This comforting broth soup is often served with a few slices of fresh avocado and cilantro (known as coriander in English) and always comes with wedges of lime on the side, adding a tangy and citrusy kick to the dish.

Whether enjoyed on a cold winter day or as a comforting meal, caldo de pollo is a delicious and satisfying broth soup that's sure to warm your heart and soul.

28 March, 2023
Average: 3.5 (4 votes)

serves for


total time

2 HR 10 MIN


Chicken legs
5 lbs (2.25kg) in quarters
2 gallons (7.6l)
2 tbsp (16g), minced
2 tbsp (34g)
Garlic powder
1 tbsp (4.7g)
Chicken bouillon
1 cube
4, cut into large chunks
4 large, peeled and cut into large chunks
4 large, peeled and cut into large chunks
White onion
1 large, cut into large chunks
1 cut into large chunks
Freshly chopped cilantro
½ bunch


Step 01

In a large stockpot, combine chicken legs, water, minced garlic, salt and garlic powder.

Step 02

Cover the stockpot and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Then, reduce heat to a simmer and cook the chicken until the meat is tender and falls off the bones, about 1 to 2 hours.

Step 03

Once the chicken is fully cooked, dissolve a chicken bouillon cube into the broth and add sliced carrots, potatoes, zucchini, chayote and white onion to the pot. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the mixture to simmer until the carrots and potatoes become tender, which should take around 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

Step 04

Stir chopped cilantro into the soup. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve the soup hot.

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