It's soup weather and I want to share one of my favorites, Sopa de Pollo y Plátano Verde (Chicken and Green Plantain Soup). It tastes delicious, it's well balanced, comforting and warming. I find the flavors perfect for this time of year.
Sopa de Pollo y Plátano Verde (Chicken and Green Plantain Soup)
- 2 large chicken breasts bone in
- About 10 cups of chicken stock or broth
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 cup of onion diced
- 6 scallions chopped
- ½ cup of chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 cup of corn kernels frozen or fresh
- 2 green plantains peeled and cut into chunks
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place the chicken in a large pot with the cumin, salt, pepper, and the water. Place the garlic, onions and scallions in a blender with ¼ cup of water and blend. Add this mixture to the pot.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
- Add half of the cilantro, corn and plantains. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 30 minutes more or until the plantains are tender.
- Remove the chicken from the pot, de-bone it, breaking the meat into bite sized pieces, and return the meat to the soup. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve warm.
I first made this soup a couple of years ago when craving a Colombian chicken soup called sancocho de pollo. I didn’t have all the necessary ingredients in the house to make sancocho de pollo, so I made this Sopa de Pollo y Plátano Verde instead. While the soup alone is more than enough to satisfy my hunger, I usually serve it with avocado on the side.
If you're looking for a hearty and simple soup, that can also be made in advance and reheated just before serving, this one's for you.
the bits of colorful herbs and avocado you added definitely helped the aesthetics of this soup, but i wouldn't care if it was monochromatic--it sounds delicious!
The soup sounds scrumptious! Glad to have found your blog! Will be my reference to Colombian cuisine! Cheers!
It doesn't just sound delicios, it IS delicious. I just changed the chicken breast to chicken thighs. I think that adds to the richness of the broth. I will continue to try Columbian recipes- I'd never eaten plantains before.
Alas it is cold and soup weather, I could find comfort in this soup for sure. Love the idea of plantains in it and I agree the avocado on top makes it really something!
First try at this soup today on a perfect rainy weather and oh my goodness even if it weren't raining I would have tried it lol.
Perfect recipe, perfect taste, perfect everything! I love Colombian food!
Thank you for sharing and I look forward to the next soup de patacones I want to try soon.
Awesome and easy soup thanks much!!!
My husband is from Cartagena and I’ve made him this and he was so impressed! As gringa as they come and he brags to everyone how good this was! Thank you! Your blog has helped me make him the dishes from his home