I moved out of my parents place when I was 25. Until then, I ate home cooked meals almost every day. My mom is a homemaking pro, she’s been cooking from scratch, daily for 30+ yrs. One of my all time faves is her caldo de pollo, a traditional Mexican chicken soup.
The first time I came down with a bug while on my own I knew I had to have some chicken soup, but I was sick and tired and instead of making my own I went to Trader Joe’s and bought the low sodium canned chicken soup. This soup left me unsatisfied and thirsty…because even though they claim to be low sodium theres still a heck of a lot of salt in there.
After that failed attempt at nourishing myself, I did what any sane human would do, I called my mom. This woman doesn’t have a recipe book, she wings it… a little of this…a pinch of that, you must know someone like this, I think we all do. Everything they cook is perfectly delicious and whipped up in no time, that’s my mom. She did her best to give me a recipe and I followed it to a T but it didn’t taste the same. A friend told me I was missing the secret ingredient: a mother’s love. Ok, well that’s not fair! I had no plans of becoming a mom (4 years ago), I just wanted my food to taste good.
Eventually I realized my mom’s not-so-secret ingredient is actually bone in chicken parts. I had used boneless skinless (tasteless) chicken breast. By using bone- in chicken parts you are essentially making your own chicken stock while making the soup.
In this recipe, I also use my healing bone broth recipe, so if you are still buying bullion cubes, boxed or canned chicken stock…you can stop now, throw away the ones in your pantry and never buy them again. By making and using a batch of my healing bone broth recipe, you can avoid all the additives, preservatives, chemicals and other junk in store bought soup and at the same time, increase your nutrient intake because real food has real nutrients.
The goal is to eliminate junky processed foods and use the most traditional version possible. Side note: my Caldo de Pollo – Mexican Chicken Soup is naturally grain free, paleo, primal and autoimmune protocol friendly.
Maybe you are too busy to make your own broth, I get it. Here are a couple of places that deliver the good stuff:
Caldo de Pollo Recipe
- 2lbs of bone in chicken parts (you can order pastured chicken here)
- 2 cups of bone broth (get my recipe here)
- 1 quart of water
- 4 carrots, diced
- 4 zucchinis, diced
- 1 large sweet potato (white inside), diced
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoon of avocado oil (order here)
- sea salt, to taste (order here)
optional but yummy:
1/2 lime (squeeze juice into your bowl), fresh cilantro and diced jalapeño for garnish
Using a large stock pot, turn to medium heat and add avocado oil, allow to heat up for 30 seconds then add chopped onion and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes then add chicken and salt generously. Sear all sides, about 3 minutes each side. Once all sides are seared, add bone broth and water. Allow to simmer at medium heat for 10 minutes. Then add all vegetables, carrots, zucchini and sweet potato. Let that cook until all veggies are tender, about 15 minutes. By now the chicken is cooked and you can taste the broth, salt to taste.
Turn slow cooker to high heat, add avocado oil, garlic and onions – let that heat up for about 2 minutes, add chicken and salt generously. Add bone broth, water, vegetables. Cook on high for 6 hours or at low for 8-10 hours or overnight.
Turn Instantpot to “soup” setting. Add avocado oil, onions and garlic and saute for a minute then add chicken parts – salt generously. Sear all sides – about 3 minutes per side. Then add bone broth, water and vegetables. Cover and seal the pressure cooker knob. Let soup function run it’s course or set for 20 minutes. When timer runs out, unseal pressure cooker knob and allow all of the steam to escape. Open up pot and allow to cool. Salt to taste.
If you want some extra nutrients add a bunch of cilantro to the top of the pot and let it wilt into the soup. Cilantro is a good source of minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium and is rich in vitamins, especially Vitamin A, K and C.
Make the soup, tell me what you think 🙂
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