Caldo de Pollo


This caldo de pollo turned out delicious on my first attempt! I like to serve this chicken vegetable soup with warm corn tortillas and a side of Spanish rice and refried beans.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins


  • 5 pounds chicken leg quarters

  • 2 gallons water

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 cube chicken bouillon

  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

  • 4 zucchini, cut into large chunks

  • 1 chayote, cut into large chunks

  • 1 large white onion, cut into large chunks

  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Place chicken legs into a large stockpot; pour water over chicken. Add minced garlic, salt, and garlic powder.

  2. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook until chicken meat falls off the bones, 1 to 2 hours.

  3. Stir in chicken bouillon cube until dissolved; add carrots, potatoes, zucchini, chayote, and white onion. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until carrots and potatoes are tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  4. Stir chopped cilantro into soup. Simmer for 5 minutes and serve.


The pot should be covered with a lid at all times when you are not adding ingredients.

I didn't add much salt to the recipe, so feel free to add more to your liking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

606 Calories
25g Fat
42g Carbs
52g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 606
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 2080mg 90%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 52g
Vitamin C 54mg 268%
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 1490mg 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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