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  • Writer's pictureCecilia Tupac

Sopa de Pollo con Verduras: A Hearty Peruvian Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Peruvian Chicken and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Soups and stews form the backbone of Peruvian cuisine, and this classic Chicken and Vegetable Soup (Sopa de Pollo con Verduras) perfectly balances comforting flavours with a satisfying meal.

Discover how to make this delicious Peruvian-style Chicken and Vegetable soup in your own home.

What is Peruvian Chicken and Vegetable Soup?

Peruvian Chicken Soup is a flavorful and nutritious broth, featuring a variety of vegetables, potatoes, and hearty chunks of boiled chicken. This delicious soup is a testament to Peru's rich, diverse agricultural landscape and its access to a wide variety of native ingredients. These ingredients have led to the creation of thousands of different soup and stew variations.

While many countries have their own versions of chicken soup, few match the depth of flavor found in Peruvian broths. This soup contains tender chicken chunks, robust seasonings, and a variety of vegetables such as carrots, celery, leek, and pumpkin. It's an incredibly nutritious, aromatic, and hearty meal.

Sopa de Pollo con Verduras is highly versatile, and many Peruvians adjust the ingredients based on seasonal vegetables. The key is to transform simple ingredients into a soup full of flavor that is both satisfying and wholesome.

Is Chicken Soup Healthy?

Peruvian Sopa de Pollo Recipe

Yes! Not only does this soup taste great, but it is also highly nutritious. The combination of chicken and vegetables provides a meal rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. This soup is also believed to be the perfect remedy for colds and flu, or any other illness, due to its warming and nourishing effects.

Many people also add noodles or quinoa to this soup. Noodles provide a cheap carbohydrate source, while quinoa helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

How to make Peruvian Chicken and Vegetable Soup

While every soup recipe is made slightly differently, here's a simple recipe you can follow to prepare an amazing Peruvian Chicken Soup.

  1. Chop the Ingredients: Start by chopping all the vegetables and chicken into small pieces.

  2. Prepare the Broth: In a large pot, add water or chicken stock, garlic, ginger, and the chicken carcass. Bring to a boil.

  3. Add the Vegetables: Add the aji amarillo, celery, leek, pumpkin, carrots, and any other vegetables you're using. Leave to boil for around 15 minutes.

  4. Add the Chicken: Next, add the chicken pieces into the pot and any other vegetables that require a shorter cooking time, such as green beans.

  5. Season: Season with salt, pepper, cumin, and oregano.

  6. Leave to Simmer: Leave the soup to simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes until the chicken and vegetables are cooked through.

  7. Serve: Serve hot, garnished with chopped coriander and a squeeze of lime if desired.

Peruvian Chicken and Vegetable Soup Recipe

To prepare this delicious Peruvian soup, watch the video below from Chef Cecilia Tupac:

Chicken and Vegetable Soup Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts

  • 3 litres of water

  • 6 stems of Chinese spring onion (white part)

  • 1 tablespoon of garlic paste

  • 1 leek

  • 2 Carrots

  • 1/2 cup of chopped green beans

  • 200 gr of Pumpkin

  • 2 Potatoes

  • 4 celery stalks

  • 1 piece of ginger

  • Salt, pepper, oregano to taste


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