Colombian Chicken Sancocho (Sancocho de Pollo)

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Sancocho de Pollo, a hearty soup almost like a stew, is a traditional dish in the Antioquia region of Colombia that combines potatoes, yuca, corn, plantains, and chicken.

Bowl of Sancocho with rice and avocado
Colombian Chicken Sancocho

Colombian Chicken Sancocho is the ultimate comfort food for my family and me when we’re craving chicken soup. In Colombia, “el almuerzo” is the main meal eaten in the afternoon, and this soup is commonly eaten then. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! More 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 have fond memories in Colombia of large family gatherings where they would get fresh chickens right from the farm and make this on an open fire in the biggest pot I have ever seen. Eating this soup in the Andes mountains with cumbia music in the background just doesn’t get any better for me. Watching Disney’s new movie Encanto made me crave this soup so I remade it (such a great movie!)

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

Colombian Sancocho Ingredients:

Below are the ingredients in my Colombian chicken sancocho recipe:

  • Poultry: Bone-in skinless chicken thighs, you can also use a whole cut up chicken, bone-in breasts or drumsticks.
  • Veggies: Scallions, tomatoes, potatoes, frozen or fresh peeled yuca, corn, green plantain, garlic
  • Seasonings: Cumin, chicken bouillon cubes, salt, fresh cilantro

What is yuca?

Yuca, also called cassava, is a starchy root vegetable similar to a potato and can be found fresh or frozen in many supermarkets. If you buy fresh yuca, you will need to peel and cut it before cooking. I think frozen yuca is easier to use since it comes ready to cook.

What can I use instead of yuca?

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

What is sancocho served with?

Sancocho is typically served with rice and avocado on the side. You could also add Aji Picante for a spicy kick.

How to Store, Freeze, and Reheat

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

Bowl of Sancocho with rice and avocado

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Colombian Chicken Sancocho

405 Cals 34 Protein 41 Carbs 8 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Soup
CUISINE: Colombian
Sancocho de Pollo, a hearty soup almost like a stew, is a traditional dish in the Antioquia region of Colombia that combines potatoes, yuca, corn, plantains, and chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 skinless chicken thighs on the bone
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems, divided
  • 3 medium red potatoes, peeled and chopped into 6 pieces (1 lb)
  • 10 ounces frozen yucca, about 3 to 4 pieces
  • 3 medium ears corn, cut in half
  • 1/2 medium green plantain, peeled and chopped into 1" pieces
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 chicken bouillion cubes
  • 8 cups water

Instructions

  • In a large pot, saute scallions and garlic in oil. Add tomatoes and saute another minute.
  • Add chicken pieces and season with a little salt. Saute a few minutes, then add yucca and plantain and fill pot with 8 cups water.
  • Add chicken bullion, cumin and half of the cilantro and cover pot.
  • Simmer on low for about 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, adjust salt and add potatoes, cook and additional 15 minutes.
  • Add corn and cook an additional 7 minutes or until corn is cooked.
  • Serve in large bowls, and top with cilantro.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6th of recipe, Calories: 405kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 140mg, Sodium: 599.5mg, Fiber: 5.5g, Sugar: 10g
Keywords: Chicken Soup, colombian recipes, Pollo, Sancocho

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134 comments

  1. how much water do you add? it does not say in the recipe

  2. I made this the other week, it was a huge hit! But my broth became a thick cream colored stew  consistency I’m not sure why, I followed the recipe. Any ideas?

      • Foods that have a high starch content should always be blanched separately if you prefer a brothier consistency. What you are describing is what happens when yuca, plantains, and potatoes break down and release their starch. If you do prefer a thicker soup they make for a great natural emulsifier however.

  3. This was so delicious! Very easy to make! This will be on repeat this winter for sure!

  4. Oh my gosh! I just made it and it’s delicious, comforting.

  5. Is there a way to use homemade stock for this recipe? If so, how much would you use?

  6. Can you use homemade chicken stock instead of bouillon cubes? If so, what would be the amount? Thanks! I always love your recipes and super excited to try this 

  7. I made this previously in a large stock pot and it is FANTASTIC. I just moved and can’t find my stock pot yet (in a box somewhere) and wanted to make this tomorrow for someone. Does anyone know if you can/how to make it in the instant pot? Sorry if this was discussed already, I looked in the comments but didn’t see it. Thank you so much!