Recipe for Colombian Chicken Soup


  • 3 pounds chicken thighs and legs, skin removed, rinsed well
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt
  • 1 1/2 quarts water
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 pounds small potatoes, of various colors
  • 2 ears of fresh corn, cut crosswise into 1-2 inch rounds
  • Aji Ingredients:
  • 4 scallions (white and light green parts only)
  • 2 Roma or other plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 fresh Scotch bonnet or habanero chiles or 2 fresh hot red chiles, stems and seeds removed (wear gloves, do NOT touch your eyes!)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • Garnish: capers, sour cream, avocados, cilantro

Cooking Directions

Put the chicken, diced russet potatoes, chopped onion and garlic in a large (at least 8 quart) stock pot and add 1 1/2 quarts of water and the quart of chicken stock.

Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce the heat to a vigorous simmer.

Add the cumin, bay leaves and salt to taste. Simmer this until the meat wants to fall of the bones of the chicken — anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour, 15 minutes.

When the chicken is ready, remove it and the bay leaves from the soup and set in a large bowl.

If you are going to puree the soup base with an immersion blender or by putting the soup into a regular blender in batches, do so now.

Pour the pureed soup base back into the pot and bring to a very gentle simmer.

Add the second batch of potatoes and cook until tender, about 20-40 minutes, depending on size.

While the potatoes are cooking, shred the meat off the chicken bones and set aside.

Make the salsa by pulsing all the ingredients in a food processor until they’re finely minced. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Drop the pieces of corn on the cob into the simmering soup and cook for 5 minutes.

Serve the soup with the salsa, capers, sliced avocados, sour cream, and cilantro in separate bowls.

Let people add garnishes to their own servings.

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