broth or caldo


Mexican Chicken Broth

Mexican Chicken Broth

Caldo de Pollo

Recipe Yield

8 cups broth & 6 cups shredded chicken

Cooking time

55 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.5 from 6 votes


  • 1 3-pound chicken cut into serving pieces, or 2–3 pounds mixed chicken parts
  • 3 carrots peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 white onion halved
  • 3 celery stalks cut into large chunks
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 5 to 6 black peppercorns
  • 5 to 6 fresh Italian parsley sprigs
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste
  • 3 1/2 quarts water

To Prepare

  • Place all the ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, skim off any foam, and simmer, partially covered, for 50 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool.
  • With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken pieces to a bowl. Strain the broth into a container, cool, and refrigerate. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken. Shred or cut the meat into chunks for future use and refrigerate if not using right away.


10comments inMexican Chicken Broth

  1. Raul

    Jul 31


    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 14


  2. Ed

    Nov 14

    No lo haces con arroz? That’s the way my mom used to make it.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 22

      Si! Sometimes I add rice, que rico!

  3. Carrie

    May 04

    My husband and I are currently fasting and are allowed to drink broth. I made Pati’s chicken broth and it is delicious! I shred and froze the cooked chicken and am looking forward to making another one of her recipes with the left overs! Pati is my favorite Mexican cook and me and my family love watching her on weekend mornings!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 04

      Glad you like the broth and is helping through your fasting Carrie 😉

  4. SD

    Jul 22

    I love this recipe. I now only make my homemade chicken soup using this recipe. The water to amount of chicken recipe is perfect. I use drumsticks. I sometimes add a parsnip.

    1. Pati

      Jul 26


  5. Nat

    Jul 04

    I have yet to find a caldo, the way my mom made it. No vegetables just onion,tomato,garlic,cilantro and salt. Fresh chicken is about the fresh taste of the Chicken.

    1. Pati

      Jul 06

      I’m sorry you didn’t like the recipe. I like putting some veggies in my broth recipe, but you can try it without them.

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