Hervido Llanero de Pollo (Colombian Chicken Soup from Los Llanos)

by Erica Dinho on May 6, 2012

Hervido Llanero de Pollo (Colombian Chicken Soup from Los Llanos)

I love my soups, especially traditional Colombian soups. Colombian cuisine has a vast repertoire of incredibly tasty, filling, and comforting soups. This is not a fancy soup, but it is absolutely delicious and a perfect dish if you want to taste the flavors of Colombian cuisine.

Sancochos, or Hervidos, are hearty soups that contain many ingredients. There are different variations of the dish depending on the zone of the country, and some of them have the same names, yet have different ingredients. In the zone of Los llanos, Colombia, Sancocho is called Hervido, and here is my recipe for Hervido de Pollo.

Enjoy it!

 (Colombian Chicken Soup from Los Llanos)



(About 6 servings)

  • 12 chicken, pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground achiote
  • 8 cups chicken broth or water
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 2 green plantains, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 pound of cassava or yuca, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups butternut squash or pumpkin, cut into pieces
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 (Colombian Chicken Soup from Los Llanos)


  1. Place the onion, red bell pepper, garlic, scallions, cumin, achiote and 3 tablespoons of water in the blender.
  2. Place the chicken broth or water in a large pot, add the onion mixture, chicken pieces and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 40 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped potatoes, yuca, plantains and pumpkin and cook for 30 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the carrots and cook for 10 minutes more. Add the chopped cilantro and serve with avocado slices and hot sauce or aji.
  5.  Colombian Chicken Soup Llanero

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Simply Life May 6, 2012 at 9:01 AM

oooh this looks so comforting and delicious!


2 5 Star Foodie May 6, 2012 at 3:41 PM

So flavorful and delicious! I like the plantains and yuka here!


3 Claudia May 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I could have soup morning, noon and night – winter and 90-degree summer days. It’s in my DNA. I am loving how different this is from my soups. I have never used peppers – or plantains in them and love the idea of it.


4 Belinda @zomppa May 6, 2012 at 10:35 PM

What a beautiful soup!! So colorful and flavorful!!


5 Ashley May 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Soncocho is one of my favorite Colombian dishes. I love to add avocado to mine. The recipe that my aunt in laws taught me from Antioquia doesn’t have squash or achiote but has 2 types of potatoes and yucca. I like to add corn on the cob to it as well. We also usually make it with pork meat instead of chicken but I like both. It is such an easy and comforting dish! Thank you for sharing.


6 hungry dog May 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM

This sounds fantastic–simple and flavorful. I like your blog!


7 Juliana May 7, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Erica, this soup looks very tasty, like the ingredients in it, but have to admit that was interesting seeing plantain in it :)
Thanks for this awesome recipe and hope you have a wonderful week ahead!


8 ruth May 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

That really looks so hearty and flavourful!


9 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! May 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Let me go get my spoon…I want to dig into this….


10 Joanne May 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Simple soups like this are often the best! I love that it uses cassava and plantains….two of my favorite starches!


11 Kim May 15, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Erica, I made this soup and it was very filling and comforting. I loved it.


12 Erica May 15, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Thank you,guys!


13 Masha October 21, 2013 at 11:36 AM

What gives this soup such beautiful yellow color?


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