Consome de Pollo (Chicken Consomme)

by Erica Dinho on October 9, 2010

Consome de Pollo

Consome de Pollo is a traditional Colombian soup made by cooking chicken parts like the liver, wings, heart, and legs, along with vegetables. Once strained, it is served in a small cup, as a clear soup, with pieces of liver and heart.

You can find this soup in a lot of Colombian restaurants all over the world and it is a must at Colombian parties. It is often served to people at the end of a party before they go home, hot, with a squeeze lime. I guess it helps to prevent hangovers :-)

I have to tell you, this soup is delicious. You don’t have to eat all of the chicken parts, just discard them, but if you like chicken liver, at least leave those in the soup. The flavor is wonderful.



  • 2 1/2 pounds of chicken parts and gizzards of your choice (2 feet, neck, liver, heart, wings, legs)
  • 12 cups of water
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 celery stick
  • Thyme
  • Lime to serve


Place the chicken parts in a large container with ice water and soak them for about 1 hour. This will help to clean up the blood and bad stuff from the chicken parts.

Remove the chicken parts from the ice water and discard the water. Place the chicken in a large pot and add the water. Bring to a boil, skimming off any foam from the top.

Reduce the heat to low and add all the remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for about 4 hours.

Remove from the heat and remove the chicken parts that you want to eat and set them aside. Strain the broth through a fine sieve & return to the broth the chicken parts that you would like to eat. Serve the soup hot in small cups with lime juice.

Note: This can be use as chicken broth to make other dishes and it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze up to 6 months, so make a big batch.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Francijoe October 9, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Having this today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2 Belinda @zomppa October 9, 2010 at 7:15 PM

I thought that was liver! Oh, a soup that is calling my name!!


3 Empar October 9, 2010 at 7:38 PM

¡Delicioso! Erica, y mira que entona bien el cuerpo en estos días fresquitos que nos llegan.
Un beso.


4 Ivy October 11, 2010 at 1:13 AM

Are you kidding. I love chicken livers!! This soup is really good.


5 MaryMoh October 11, 2010 at 3:34 AM

I know this must be very delicious. My mom used to cook this and we would all fight for the liver and other organs….haha


6 Sophie October 11, 2010 at 5:29 AM

MMMMMMMMMMMMM,..the chicken consommé looks stunning & ooh so rich too!


7 norma October 11, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I am at work right now hanging by a thread as I was at a wedding yesterday and had a bit much to drink. This soup is a sure cure for my ailment. Mandame un poquito…please!


8 Ben October 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Hello Erica, long time no see! I’ve been very busy but I now want to catch up with all my foodie friends. This soup is new to me. In Mexico we eat consome with a lot of vegetables and sometimes rice. The liver and heart of the chicken sound delicious for a winter night, hehe.


9 Chef E October 12, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Ummm, the broth sounds great- I ate gizzards as a young girl, and they do make a good broth and dressing at Thanksgiving!


10 Ashley Gillett May 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

This reminds me so much of my abuelita. When I was in elementary school in Miami, my abuelita lived with us. I remember coming home from school and she’d have mugs of consome waiting for us. So good. :)


11 JV August 18, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I woke up terribly sick today. This consome is a miracle cure for flu and colds. Plus it’s delicious and easy on the stomach. I love it!


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