Caldo De Pollo (Mexican Chicken Soup)


I recently came back from Del Mar, CA, and a few of the Mexican restaurants served Sonoran-style Caldo De Pollo. I attempted to mimic this Mexican chicken soup as closely as I could to match the delicious versions I ate there. I'm open to suggestions to make this recipe better as this is my first time attempting it.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


Soup Stock:

  • 6 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 ¼ pounds chicken tenders

  • 3 extra large chicken bouillon cubes (such as Knorr®)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ large white onion, chopped, or to taste


  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup white rice

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  • 1 avocado - peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Combine 6 cups chicken broth, water, chicken tenders, chicken bouillon cubes, olive oil, granulated garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper in a large pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pot, and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Gently shred chicken using two forks. Add onion to broth and simmer for about 5 more minutes.

  2. Bring 2 cups chicken broth, rice, and chili powder to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, about 25 minutes.

  3. Spoon rice into each serving bowl and pour soup over rice. Garnish with avocado slices and cilantro.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

310 Calories
10g Fat
31g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 310
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 639mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 468mg 10%

* 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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