This is a typical dish from Colombia, South America. A chicken stew made with plantain and cassava that is served with a fresh tomato and onion sauce.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 very large servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the water into a large pot, and add 1 tablespoon salt , chopped cilantro (coriander), garlic, chicken legs, plantains, and 1 onion. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 20 minutes. Add the potatoes and cassava to the pot, and continue to cook for another 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

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  • While the chicken and vegetables are cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the onions in the hot oil, and season with cumin, paprika, and salt. When the onions are limp, stir in the tomatoes, and remove from heat.

  • Spoon the chicken stew into bowls, and serve topped with the tomato onion sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1095 calories; protein 40.6g; carbohydrates 176.4g; fat 26.4g; cholesterol 138.6mg; sodium 1758.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (32)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2007
I'm from Barranquilla Colombia currently living in the States. I made this recipe but I added corn cilantro some Tabasco sauce and instead of cassava I added yucca. That's the way my family has made sancochos all the time. It's very tasty I really liked it. I would really suggest replacing cassava with yucca. You can also try replacing the chicken with ribs(sancocho de costilla) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/12/2010
Tip: Cassava and Yucca are one and the same. You can find frozen Yucca (skin removed & par boiled) in specialty food stores. Goya is one brand that processes Yucca. Just thaw and remove the woody vein in the center before cooking. Read More
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35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2007
I'm from Barranquilla Colombia currently living in the States. I made this recipe but I added corn cilantro some Tabasco sauce and instead of cassava I added yucca. That's the way my family has made sancochos all the time. It's very tasty I really liked it. I would really suggest replacing cassava with yucca. You can also try replacing the chicken with ribs(sancocho de costilla) Read More
(68)
Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2008
Although this recipe is very good it lacks the amount of cilantro that is normally found in traditional sancocho. My wife is hot off the boat from Colombia and when she makes it she uses close to one cup of cilantro and adds a spice blend similar to Sazon(Goya section) that puts it over the top. Read More
(32)
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2004
Both Sancocho and Ajiaco are Colombian soups. BTW Panama was part of Colombia until 1903 so it should not be surprising that we share that dish. There is also a Dominican Sancocho. In any form all these dishes are delicious. Enjoy them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
I was very glad to find a good recipe for sancocho on here! It was one of my favorite things when I lived in Panama. Incidentally several people are a bit confused with terminology so I wanted to clear this up: cassava = yuca = tapioca. They are identical just different names for the exact same plant. So you don't need to substitute yuca for cassava... it's the same! Also it's "yuca" not "yucca". The later is a completely different plant and not related to the one used here. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2003
THIS IS A DELISIOUS SOUP Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2008
All I can say is... Yum! Very authentic. The only thing I added to the recipe is a boullion cube and corn to the soup. I serve rice and avacado alongside. Try it! It's great for a cold weather meal. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/12/2010
Tip: Cassava and Yucca are one and the same. You can find frozen Yucca (skin removed & par boiled) in specialty food stores. Goya is one brand that processes Yucca. Just thaw and remove the woody vein in the center before cooking. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2011
This was a good soup. Not as hearty as the Caribbean version the one from the Dominican Republic has more ingredients: Culantro cilantro more root vegetables different meats chicken beef sausage. I will upload my dominican version soon. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2007
Very good. I like the thought of eating an authentic Columbian dish. Very good and interesting textures. Maybe a little plain though but I think that may be the way Columbian food is supposed to taste. Read More
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