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Ajiaco Cubano Cuban Chicken Soup

Learn how to make the best homemade Ajiaco Cubano. Our healthy Cuban Soup recipe features shredded chicken, corn, potatoes, lime & cilantro.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Soup
Cuisine: cuban
Keyword: Ajiaco Cubano, cuban chicken soup, Cuban Soup
Servings: 10
Calories: 253kcal


  • oven
  • baking sheet
  • Dutch Oven or Large Pot
  • French knife
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups


  • 2 tbsp Chicken Fat or Canola Oil
  • 1.5 lb Chicken Breast
  • 6 Garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Medium white onion peeled and quartered
  • 0.75 lb Yukon Gold potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 0.75 lb Sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 lb Pumpkin peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper sliced
  • 1 Celery rib finely chopped
  • 1 Carrot finely chopped
  • 1 Corn Ear cut into quarters
  • 1 Ripe Plantain peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro leave and cilantro stems separated
  • 4 cups Chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Limes juiced
  • 1/4 cup Sour cream


  • Put the chicken breasts into a large pot or dutch oven with rendered chicken fat or vegetable oil and cook for 5-6 minutes until both sides are browned.
  • Pour the chicken stock into the pot with onion and garlic. Lower heat to medium-low, cover and simmer. Cook until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken to a platter, reserving the cooking liquid in the pot.
  • When cool enough to handle, tear the chicken breasts into bite-size strips.
  • Place the potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkin into the pot with the leftover cooking liquid and turn the heat to medium. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. 
  • Add the corn, yellow pepper, plantain, celery, carrot and cilantro stems. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  • Remove cilantro stems and return the chicken to the pot. Add 3 cups of water. Simmer a few minutes more until the chicken has warmed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Ladle the cuban chicken soup into individual bowls and garnish with chopped cilantro, lime juice and sour cream.


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 36.7g | Protein: 19.6g | Fat: 3.9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 1107mg | Potassium: 1173mg | Fiber: 6.2g | Sugar: 6.8g | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3mg