Sancocho De Gallina (Colombian Chicken Soup)

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Witch Doctor

This Colombian recipe for Chicken Soup improves on the traditional by adding yucca, plaintains and red potatoes. What an excellent blend of flavors!

Top Review by yvonnelh

Really loved this soup, especially that scallion/cilantro/cumin/lemon addition in the end! I found that 1 large lemon was more than enough. Forgot to buy plantains, but 1 large white potato made for an acceptable substitute. Also, it seemed fine without the roux, although I'll try that next time.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 yucca root, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 plantains, peeled, halved, and sliced into thirds lengthwise
  • 2 red potatoes, peeling optional, cut into chunks
  • 3 whole skinless chicken breasts, quartered with bones left on
  • 2 lemons, juice of
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 6 -8 scallions
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the Roux

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. In one cup of the chicken stock, simmer the scallions, cilantro, and cumin for 5 minutes. Set it aside until it is cool, then process in a blender or food processor until you have a smooth, green-colored puree to be added to the final soup.
  2. In the remaining 1 ¼ quarts of chicken stock, simmer the quartered, skinned chicken breasts. Skim off the scum that results and discard. The chicken will take about 1 hour to cook.
  3. As the chicken is simmering, add the cut up, peeled yucca, and the cut up potatoes. Continue to skim off the scum after the yucca and potatoes are added.
  4. 30 minutes prior to the end of cooking, add the cut up plaintains.
  5. 10 minutes before completion of the cooking phase, add the processed scallions-cilantro-cumin mixture and the juice from the 2 lemons.
  6. Combine the flour and the butter for the roux and microwave for 30 seconds. The result should be a yellowish sludge.
  7. Add the roux to the soup and stir to blend well.

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