This Mexican chicken soup recipe (caldo de pollo) is perfect for when you’re feeling under the weather or during the chilly Fall and Winter months. It’s really delicious and the whole family will love it
There’s nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of Mexican chicken soup when you’re not feeling well.
It’s an easy recipe but so filling and flavorful.
Caldo de pollo is also inexpensive.
I like to make it when I have veggies I need to use up before they go bad.
What is Mexican soup made of?
This Mexican style chicken soup is pretty simple it consists of:
- chicken drumsticks
- whole carrots
- gold potatoes
- white onion
- garlic cloves
- Knorr chicken bouillon
- Sazon Goya with culantro and achiote
- bay leaves
- black pepper
Corn on the cob, Mexican squash and zucchini are some other great vegetables you could add to this soup.This is what the Sazon Goya looks like. You should be able to find it in the Latin American aisle of your local grocery.
Should I remove the skin when making chicken soup?
This is completely up to you. I prefer to remove the skin as I find the soup too greasy for my liking if I leave it on.
What can I add to my chicken soup to give it flavor?
In this recipe the chicken is going to simmer for over an hour with the onion, garlic cloves, chicken bouillon, Sazon Goya, bay leaves and black pepper.
Those ingredients are what’s going to give the soup it’s flavor.
The chicken bouillon and Sazon add flavor and some saltiness which will likely omit the need for plain salt in this recipe.
After serving you can always add salt to your bowl if you feel it needs it.
I really like using the chicken bouillon and Sazon because they both add more flavor to the soup than if I was just using salt.
How to make caldo de pollo
Peel and chop the carrots and put them in a bowl. Next chop the celery and add to the bowl as well. Set aside.
Next peel and chop the potatoes. Put them in a bowl and cover with water.
This will prevent the potatoes from browning. Set the potatoes aside.Next chop the cabbage and rinse it really well under running water. Set the cabbage aside.Now put the chicken drumsticks in a large pot and add the onion, garlic cloves, chicken bouillon, Sazon Goya, bay leaves and black pepper.Next add the water to the pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low. Cover and cook for 45 minutes.Now add the carrots and celery to the pot. Then the potatoes but make sure to drain them first. Then add the cabbage.