Caldo De Pollo Recipe

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Chris Modified: December 15, 2021
Caldo De Pollo Recipe


How To Make Caldo De Pollo

Caldo de pollo or chicken soup is a Mexican comfort dish. The broth is enriched with tomato sauce, carrots, and rice to make a filling soup.

Prep: 45 mins
Total: 45 mins


  • 8 cup water
  • 6 pcs chicken drumsticks, or thighs, skinless
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup long-grain rice
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 pcs roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 pcs carrots, sliced
  • 3 pcs celery stalks, sliced
  • 3 pcs Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered
  • cup cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • ¼ tsp safflower petals, azafran
  • Lime wedges


  1. In a large (at least 10-quart) pot, put the water, chicken, salt, and garlic. Boil for 15 minutes.
  2. While the chicken is boiling, in a separate pan, heat the oil over medium heat, add rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to let it burn.

  3. Add onion and continue cooking until onion is translucent. Add tomato and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add mixture to chicken pot.

  4. Add carrots, celery, and potatoes to soup and let come to a boil; reduce heat. Let simmer until vegetables cook through. This takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Add tomato sauce, cilantro, and safflower petals during the last 5 minutes.

  5. Ladle soup, including a piece of chicken for each serving, into bowls and serve with lime wedges, warm corn tortillas, and salsa casera.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to add additional veggies like chayote, Mexican zucchini, and cabbage. This rustic soup is so delicious and customizable.
Refrigerate, covered, for up to one week. It is also an excellent candidate for freezing and will keep in the freezer for up to three months.


  • Sugar: 1g
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  • Calcium: 25mg
  • Calories: 81kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 1mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 37mg
  • Protein: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 1772mg
  • Vitamin A: 99IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
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