Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mexican Chicken Soup
Caldo de pollo, also known as Consome de Pollo, is a common Latin-American soup made with whole chicken pieces instead of chopped or shredded chicken, and large cuts of vegetables, such as half-slices of potatoes and whole leaves of cabbage.
Caldo de pollo is a common Latin-American soup that consists of chicken and vegetables.
 What makes this soup different from many other versions of chicken soup is that Caldo de pollo uses whole chicken pieces instead of chopped or shredded chicken. Other differences are that the vegetables are usually of a heartier cut. Potato halves, not cubes, are used, and whole leaves of cabbage are added.
 A typical recipe for caldo de pollo will include the following: water, chicken pieces (drumsticks, breasts, and thighs), sliced carrots, sliced celery, potato halves, corn on the cob, sliced onion, minced cilantro, cabbage, zucchini, and chayote/christophene.
While it is common to eat Caldo De Pollo plain, most add lemon juice or hot sauce. Some recipes call for cubed avocado added just before eating.
 Caldo De Pollo can also be served with hot corn tortillas. In Mexico it is also common to add steamed or boiled rice in the same bowl while serving, especially at fondas. In other Latin American countries, it is called sopa de pollo and not caldo, which means only broth.
Chicken soup has also acquired the reputation of a folk remedy for colds and flu’s, and in many countries is considered a comfort food.
Whenever the weather is cold or Rainey, or when my children, husband and I are sick with a cold or flu, I like to make Caldo de Pollo/Chicken Soup for flu relieve or as a decongestant. It has all the nutrients and vitamins they need and it is a delicious comfort food. I like to make it with a side of Mexican Rice and to drink some Chamomile Tea.

I usually make it the traditional way which is with the whole chicken, cut it into pieces and cut the vegetable into big chunks and cook, but because I like my family to eat healthy I change the recipe just a tiny bit. It still has everything the same, but instead of using the whole chicken I used skinless boneless chicken breast and I dice the vegetables so my kids can eat smaller pieces and not struggle with the big chunks.
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Sorry I don't have any pics up, but as soon as I have them available I will post them.

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