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Chilean Chicken Soup, Cazuela de pollo

  • Author: Pilar Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove-cooked
  • Cuisine: Chilean


One of the most traditional Chilean soups, a favorite with the kids.


  • 6 chicken parts, 3 drums, and 3 thighs, you can use bone-in breast meat too
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 carrots, can be grated or chopped into large pieces
  • 2 fresh corns, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 pound of winter squash (kabocha or similar) cut into 6 equal pieces
  • 6 medium peeled potatoes
  • a strig of celery, parsley, and oregano tied all together
  • 3 peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 handfuls of green beans or peas, optional
  • 3 handfuls of rice (washed), optional


  1. In a large pot with a thick bottom, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Dry the chicken with paper towels. You can leave it with or without skin. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin. Brown both sides for 3 minutes on each side. Take the chicken to a plate.
    ingredients chicken cazuela growing of the chicken
  2. In the same pot, add the onion and grated carrot. Cook stirring for 4-6 minutes until the onion is barely browned. Add garlic and rice if using, and cook for a minute.
  3. Return the chicken to the pot and add the potatoes, squash, herbs, corn, carrot in pieces and cover with boiling water. Calculate 1 1/2 – 2 cups per person, in this case, between 2 1/2 liters.
  4. Wait for it to boil, lower the heat to medium-low to simmer gently for 15-20 minutes. Cover. If foam forms, remove with a spoon so that the broth is clear.
    Boil corn and squash
  5. Add the green beans or peas cook for five more minutes.
  6. Verify that the potatoes and the rice are cooked, adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve hot, place a piece of squash, corn, and chicken on each plate, and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley or cilantro.
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Keywords: Chilean Cazuela de pollo, Chicken soup