Colombian Chicken Sancocho (Sancocho de Pollo)

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Sancocho de Pollo, a hearty soup nearly like a stew, is a standard meal in the Antioquia area of Colombia that integrates potatoes, yuca, corn, plantains, and chicken.

Bowl of Sancocho with rice and avocado
Colombian Chicken Sancocho

Colombian Chicken Sancocho is the supreme home cooking for my household and me when we’re yearning chicken soup. In Colombia, “el almuerzo” is the primary meal consumed in the afternoon, and this soup is frequently consumed then. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! More of my preferred Colombian dishes are Carne en Bistec (Steak with Onions and Tomatoes), Huevos Pericos (Rushed Eggs), and Aji Picante.

Bowl of Sancocho

I have fond memories in Colombia of big household events where they would get fresh chickens right from the farm and make this on an open fire in the most significant pot I have actually ever seen. Consuming this soup in the Andes mountains with cumbia music in the background simply doesn’t get any much better for me. Enjoying Disney’s brand-new film Encanto made me crave this soup so I remade it (such a terrific film!)

There are several variations of sancocho as it is a popular meal in numerous Latin American nations, like Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Colombians normally prepare sancocho with an entire chicken – feet and all – however I utilized skinless chicken thighs to lighten it up.

Colombian Sancocho Ingredients:

Below are the components in my Colombian chicken sancocho dish:

  • Poultry: Bone-in skinless chicken thighs, you can likewise utilize an entire cut up chicken, bone-in breasts or drumsticks.
  • Veggies: Scallions, tomatoes, potatoes, frozen or fresh peeled yuca, corn, green plantain, garlic
  • Spices: Cumin, chicken bouillon cubes, salt, fresh cilantro

What is yuca?

Yuca, likewise called cassava, is a starchy root veggie comparable to a potato and can be discovered fresh or frozen in lots of grocery stores. If you purchase fresh yuca, you will require to peel and suffice prior to cooking. I believe frozen yuca is much easier to utilize given that it comes prepared to prepare.

What can I utilize rather of yuca?

If you can’t discover yuca, you can replace it with more plantains and potatoes.

What is sancocho served with?

Sancocho is normally served with rice and avocado on the side. You might likewise include Aji Picante for a spicy kick.

How to Shop, Freeze, and Reheat

Sancocho is best for freezing. I like to keep it in specific containers, so I can pull it out later on for a simple lunch. If you still have leftovers after 4 to 5 days, freeze the rest for approximately 3 months. Defrost the soup over night in the refrigerator and reheat it in the microwave or on the range prior to consuming.

Bowl of Sancocho with rice and avocado

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Colombian Chicken Sancocho

405 Cals
34 Protein
41 Carbohydrates
8 Fats

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Prepare Time: 1 hr

Overall Time: 1 hr 15 minutes

Sancocho de Pollo, a hearty soup nearly like a stew, is a standard meal in the Antioquia area of Colombia that integrates potatoes, yuca, corn, plantains, and chicken.

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 scallions, sliced
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 6 skinless chicken thighs on the bone
  • 1 cup sliced cilantro leaves and stems, divided
  • 3 medium red potatoes, peeled and sliced into 6 pieces (1 pound)
  • 10 ounces frozen yucca, about 3 to 4 pieces
  • 3 medium ears corn, halve
  • 1/2 medium green plantain, peeled and sliced into 1″ pieces
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 chicken bouillion cubes
  • In a big pot, saute scallions, onions and garlic in oil. Include tomatoes and saute another minute.

  • Include chicken pieces and season with a little salt. Saute a couple of minutes, then include yucca and plantain and fill pot with water.

  • Include chicken bullion, cumin and half of the cilantro and cover pot.

  • Simmer on low for about 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, change salt and include potatoes, cook and extra 15 minutes.

  • Include corn and prepare an extra 7 minutes or till corn is prepared.

  • Serve in big bowls, and leading with cilantro.

Serving: 1/sixth of dish, Calories: 405kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 8g, Hydrogenated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 140mg, Salt: 599.5mg, Fiber: 5.5g, Sugar: 10g

Keywords: Chicken Soup, colombian dishes, Pollo, Sancocho

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.