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Caldo de Pollo (Mexican Chicken Soup) with carrots, onion, green cabbage, corn cob pieces and jalapenos served in a white bowl.
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4.43 from 19 votes

Caldo de Pollo (Mexican Chicken Soup)

This Caldo de Pollo recipe (Mexican Chicken Soup) is perfect anytime.  Made with chicken, carrots, onions, green cabbage, potatoes, jalapeños, corn cob pieces, garlic, cilantro and then topped with freshly squeezed lime juice.  Delicious and really easy to make!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken soup, comfort soups
Servings: 6
Calories: 434kcal
Author: Mexican Appetizers and More


  • 6-8 pieces of chicken thighs and drumsticks rinsed and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 1 cup green cabbage shredded
  • 6 small corn on the cob pieces
  • 3 potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 jalapeños sliced
  • handful of fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • salt and pepper to taste

To Serve (Optional)

  • white rice (optional)
  • corn tortillas (optional)
  • crusty bread (optional)


  • Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Set aside and chop all the vegetables.
  • In a large pot or caldero (dutch oven) add 8 cups of chicken broth and set stove on medium high heat.
  • Add the chicken pieces, onions, jalapeño slices and garlic to broth.
    Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.  Stir well.
  • Cook for 15 minutes and then add the carrots, potatoes, green cabbage, corn and cilantro.  Lower heat to medium heat.
    Cook for another 15 minutes or until carrots and potatoes are tender.
  • Serve caldo de pollo in bowls by itself or with a side of white rice, corn tortillas or crusty bread. Sprinkle with freshly squeezed lime juice and top with a little more chopped cilantro over soup.


Although the soup will be ready within 30 minutes, I prefer to cook it for an additional 15 minutes so the flavors really blend well and chicken is really tender and almost falling off of bones.  Absolutely delicious!


Serving: 6g | Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1276mg | Potassium: 1319mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5460IU | Vitamin C: 56.4mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 5.9mg