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Mexican Chicken Broth

8 cups broth & 6 cups shredded chicken
Caldo de Pollo


  • 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.