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A hearty soup almost like a stew, sancocho de pollo is a traditional dish in Colombia’s Antioquia region that combines potatoes, yuca, corn, plantains, and chicken.

Colombian Chicken Sancocho

Colombian Chicken Sancocho is the ultimate comfort meal for my family and me when we’re in the mood for chicken soup. In Colombia, “el almuerzo” is the main afternoon meal and this soup is often eaten. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Other of my favorite Colombian recipes are carne en bistec (steak with onions and tomatoes), huevos pericos (scrambled eggs) and aji picante.

Bowl of sancocho

I fondly remember large family gatherings in Colombia where fresh chickens were obtained straight from the farm and cooked on an open fire in the largest pot I have ever seen. Eating this soup in the Andes with cumbia music in the background just doesn’t get any better for me. When I saw Disney’s new movie Encanto, I felt like this soup so I made it all over again (such a great movie!)

There are many different versions of sancocho as it is a popular meal in several Latin American countries such as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Colombians usually cook sancocho with a whole chicken – feet and all – but I used skinless chicken legs to lighten it up.

Colombian Sancocho Ingredients:

Below are the ingredients in my Colombian Chicken Sancocho Recipe:

  • Poultry: Boneless chicken thighs, skinless, you can also use whole cut chicken, boned breasts or drumsticks.
  • Vegetables: Spring onions, tomatoes, potatoes, frozen or freshly peeled yuca, corn, green plantain, garlic
  • Spices: Cumin, cubed chicken bouillon, salt, fresh coriander

What is yuca?

Yuca, also called cassava, is a potato-like starchy root vegetable and can be found fresh or frozen in many supermarkets. When buying fresh yuca, you need to peel and cut it before cooking. I think frozen yuca is easier to use because it comes ready to cook.

What can I use instead of Yuca?

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

What is sancocho served for?

Sancocho is usually served with rice and avocado as a side dish. You can also add Aji Picante for a flavorful kick.

So store, freeze and warm up

Sancocho is perfect for freezing. I like to keep it in individual containers so I can pull it out for a light lunch later. If you have leftovers after four to five days, freeze the rest for up to three months. Thaw soup in the refrigerator overnight and warm in the microwave or on the stove before eating.

Bowl of sancocho with rice and avocado

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Colombian Chicken Sancocho

405 Calories
34 protein
41 carbohydrates
8th Fats

Preparation time: fifteen Minutes

Cooking time: 1 Mr

Total time: 1 Mr fifteen Minutes

A hearty soup almost like a stew, sancocho de pollo is a traditional dish in Colombia’s Antioquia region that combines potatoes, yuca, corn, plantains, and chicken.

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6th spring onions, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 4th Cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6th Skinless chicken thighs on the bone
  • 1 Cup chopped coriander leaves and stalks, divided
  • 3 medium red potatoes, peeled and cut into 6 pieces (1 lb)
  • 10 Ounces frozen yucca, approx. 3 to 4 pieces
  • 3 medium Ear corn, cut in half
  • 1/2 medium green plantain, peeled and cut into 1 “pieces
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 Chicken broth cubes
  • In a large saucepan, fry the spring onions, onions and garlic in oil. Add tomatoes and sauté for another minute.

  • Add the chicken pieces and season with a little salt. Fry for a few minutes, then add the yucca and plantain and fill the saucepan with water.

  • Add the chicken bar, cumin and half of the coriander and cover the saucepan.

  • Simmer on a low heat for about 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, salt and add potatoes, cook and cook another 15 minutes.

  • Add corn and cook another 7 minutes or until corn is cooked through.

  • Serve in large bowls and sprinkle with coriander.

Portion: 1/ 6 of the recipe, Calories: 405kcal, Carbohydrates: 41G, Protein: 34G, Fat: 8thG, Saturated fatty acids: 2G, Cholesterol: 140mg, Sodium: 599.5mg, Fiber: 5.5G, Sugar: 10G

Keywords: Chicken Soup, Colombian Recipes, Pollo, Sancocho


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