Calabaza con Pollo is a delicious soup served up as a main dish not only because it contains a wide variety of vegetables and lean chicken but also because it’s packed with vitamins and minerals. For those with a tomato sensitivity, this recipe works well if they’re left out. If you’d like a punch of flavor, add hatch chilis and cayenne pepper. Use this dish as an appetizer, too, if you’re hosting a party.
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Calabaza con Pollo
Total Time: 55 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
- 1 teaspoon(s) coconut oil
- 1 piece(s) chicken, whole (2.5-3 lbs) cut up (skin-on, bone-in)
- 1 medium onion(s) diced
- 1/2 medium bell pepper(s) sliced
- 2 medium garlic clove(s) pressed
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) cumin
- 1 can(s) tomatoes, diced (16 oz)
- 1 teaspoon(s) sea salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon(s) black pepper freshly ground, to taste
- 1 medium calabaza seeded and diced into 1 inch pieces, can also use pumpkin or winter squash
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil when hot.
- Add chicken and saute until well browned (about 10 minutes). Remove chicken to plate.
- Keep pan on burner and add 2 cups of water, scraping the pan to remove any flavorful bits at the bottom of the pan. Cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, remove the bones from the cooked chicken. Save the meat, and discard the bones (or freeze them to use in chicken stock at another time).
- Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the simmering chicken fat, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, sea salt (if desired), black pepper, and cumin, and cook for about 5 more minutes.
- Return chicken to the skillet, and add calabaza. Cover the pan and simmer for 15 minutes, or until calabaza is slightly tender and chicken is fully cooked.