Calabaza Con Pollo (Calabaza Squash and Chicken)


Mexican chicken and vegetable dish with calabaza squash. My mom's recipe.

closeup of a pot of tomato-based stew with slices of yellow squash and zucchini
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
8 servings


  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 calabaza squash, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 medium zucchini, cubed

  • 1 medium yellow squash, cubed

  • 1 medium tomato, chopped

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add chicken thighs. Continue to boil until no longer pink in the centers and juices run clear, 15 to 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Drain, reserving 2 cups broth. Shred or chop chicken and set aside.

  2. Mix salt, garlic powder, cumin, and black pepper together in a bowl and set aside.

  3. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add calabaza squash, zucchini, yellow squash, tomato, and onion. Cook and stir until tender, about 10 minutes. Add corn, followed by tomato sauce, dry spice mixture, and chicken. Pour in reserved 2 cups chicken broth. Mix well.

  4. Cover the pan and let simmer over medium heat, 20 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

378 Calories
17g Fat
28g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 378
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 1284mg 56%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 28mg 138%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 1078mg 23%

* 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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