This is a family recipe I stumbled upon through marriage. It is a Latin-style chicken soup and it is the best I have tasted. Basically, my mother-in-law makes this soup with a few founding ingredients and then throws in whatevers available. Its always good, but I've narrowed it down for myself and you to the best ingredients to use.
This recipe is great for serving to a large amount of people.
*Note: You use a whole (8-piece cut) chicken if you want to serve 6-8, but if you are serving more than 6, for the purposes of the stock, use only split leg quarters.
The recipe is best when fresh ingredients are used, especially cilantro. Don't even bother with the recipe if you don't have fresh cilantro.
After the chicken is fully cooked, you can try to fish it out and separate the meat from the bones, but I don't usually bother with it.