Panamanian Sancocho

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Recipe by Panamanian-Canadian angel

There are a few versions of sancocho out there (in fact, there are probably multiple recipes of it within the same country), but this is the way my grandma used to make it. Sancocho is basically a chicken based soup that gets its distinct flavour from cilantro and yuca (or cassava).

Top Review by 2suitcasesandaguy.com

I'm from the USA and have lived in Panama now for about 3 months. I have had sancocho several times, some good, some not so good. Panamanian-Canadian angel's recipe is delicious! I didn't have broth so used water and added otoe as well. Very tasty and heart-warming soup. :)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 roasting chicken, cut into pieces (you can also just use 3-4 whole chicken breasts)
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 lbs yucca root, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces (also called cassava)
  • 4 cups chicken stock (the kind bought in a box is fine)
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the salt, cilantro, oregano, garlic, and olive oil. Rub the mix all over the chicken and let it marinate for 10 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, peel and chop the yucca and the onion. Set aside.
  4. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Place the chicken in the pot, place a lid on it, and let it sweat for about 7 minutes.
  5. Add the onion and the chicken stock. Bring the soup to a boil and then let it simmer over medium low heat until the chicken is cooked through and soft.
  6. Raise the heat to medium and add the yucca. Bring the pot to a gentle simmer and cook until the yucca is cooked through (approximately 10 minutes).
  7. Serve with white rice on the side that is added into the soup when you are about to eat it.
  8. NOTE: This soup keeps well frozen and only gets more flavourful with time.

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