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

3.84 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.


24comments inMexican Chicken Broth

  1. Val

    Oct 24

    Pati – do you have a similar recipe for beef broth?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 02

      I use this one when I need beef broth to make mole de olla 🙂 In a large heavy-bottomed casserole or pot, place 3 pounds of beef stew meat or beef shank meat cut into 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch chunks and bones, half onion, 3 garlic cloves, 3 bay leaves, 1 large sprig of fresh mint and a tablespoon of salt. Cover with 10 cups of water and bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface, and reduce the heat to low or medium-low heat, cover and simmer for an hour 😉

  2. Chris B

    Aug 15

    I substituted 1 bunch Cilantro for Italian Parsley and added two Roma tomatoes cut in half, a lime halved, a teaspoon of Mexican oregano and roasted jalapeño halved. Just my personal preference to spice it up a tad. Was great recipe for jumping off point to put your own Personal twist on

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 04

      Great additions Chris, thanks for sharing your style!

  3. Brian

    Jun 22

    When I know that I’m making stock for Mexican food, I’ll slice a jalapeño or Serrano for added flavor

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 30

      Yes, yum!

  4. Lisa

    Jan 16

    I would like a receipt for chicken soup. easy. thank you.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 29

      Try this Lima Soup Lisa, you are going to love it!


    Jan 12

    Truthfully 👋 My family and I really like the Mexican Chicken Broth 🐔! I love to drink it. My sister loves to cook it with rice and vegetables. As well she use the chicken Broth to cook arroz con pollos ! Whatever Mrs Jinich cook or prepare on her PBS show we immediately try to cook her recipes! Thank Mrs.Jinich for being part in ours family kitchen 🙏! 👋! Chris

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 29

      Aw, thanks so much to you and your family Chris!

  6. Reynaldo

    Jan 12

    Thanks, I’ll need to make it as soon as I can get to the store.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 29



    Jan 12

    Mrs. Jinich is an inspiration everytime she’s on PBS with recipes and foods 🙏! I love to see her explaining how to make a good meals 😋! As well watch her journey throughout Mexico 🇲🇽 ! As well the humbles people from Mexico 🇲🇽! May God bless Mrs Jinich and the people from Mexico 🇲🇽! My respect for the people of Mexico 🇲🇽! Great nation🤗! Truthfully Chris 👋

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 30

      Thanks so much Chris.

  8. Raul

    Jul 31


    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 14


  9. 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!

  10. 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 😉

  11. 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


  12. 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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