Sancocho de Gallina

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 30 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 12 to 14 cups water
  • 1 hen or large chicken, about 4 pounds, cut into 10 to 12 pieces
  • 2 stalks scallion, whole
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 2 sprigs of cilantro
    • SOFRITO:
      • 1/4 cup olive oil
      • 1 bunch scallions, about 8 chopped
      • 1 tomato, finely chopped
      • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
      • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
      • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
      • 14 teaspoon salt
      • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
      • 5 strands saffron
      • 2 green plantains, broken by hand into pieces
      • 2 yucca (cassava) peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
      • 4 red potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces
      • 2 ears of corn, kernels removed, optional
      • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
      • 3 chicken-flavored bouillon cubes
      • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
      • Avocado slices
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      Directions

      Put the chicken or hen with the whole scallions, onion and cilantro in a large pot with the water. Cover and cook over high heat until boiling then reduce to low and simmer until cooked through and tender, 20 to 25 minutes for chicken or 45 minutes if using a hen. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside. Remove whole scallions and onion and discard. Reserve the stock.

      While the chicken cooks, prepare the sofrito. In a heavy skillet, heat the olive oil over medium to low heat and add all the ingredients for sofrito but the saffron. Saute the sofrito until very tender and paste-like, about 10 minutes. Add chicken pieces to sofrito and mix well continuing to saute for another 5 minutes.

      Meanwhile, bring the stock to a simmer. Add the plantains and cook for 10 minutes. Then add the yucca, potatoes, corn, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, and chicken cubes and simmer for another 10 minutes, orr until all the vegetables are tender when pierced. Add sofrito mix with chicken to the broth. Mix well. Simmer for another 5 minutes and remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper.

      Before serving, garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve with avocado slices.

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      • on July 23, 2013

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        Really tasty. My mother-in-Law is Colombian. Last year when she was in the hospital all she wanted was this dish. I loved it but was reluctant to make it for her because she has had this all her life but I made it anyway. Her friends had the same idea but in the end the only one she wanted was the one I'd made.

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      • on November 15, 2012

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        This was great. Thank you for this recipes!!!

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