Caldo de Gallina Criolla o Pollo Recipe (Old Hen / Chicken Soup)

Caldo de Gallina Criolla o Pollo Recipe (Old Hen / Chicken Soup): traditional soup given to women who've just given birth or people recovering from illness.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Dominican
Keyword alcapurria, caldo de gallina, caldo de pollo recipe, how to make sopa de gallina, sopa de gallina casera recipe, sopa de gallina recipe, sopa de pollo recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 262kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 2 lb [0.91 kg] of hen meat (or chicken)
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt (or more, to taste)
  • 2 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 quart [1 lt] of water
  • 2 cloves of garlic , sliced
  • 1 quart chicken broth [1 lt]
  • 1 cup of potatoes cut into small cubes
  • 1 celery stalk , sliced
  • 1 cup of auyama (West Indian pumpkin) cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup of angel hair noodles
  • 1 sprig of parsley , chopped


  • Remove skin, bone, and chop the chicken into spoon-sized pieces. Discard the excess fat and skin. We'll use the the bones for extra flavor. Season the chicken with oregano and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat, add the chicken and brown. Pour in water and garlic and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat until chicken or hen is very tender, add water when it becomes necessary to maintain the same level of liquid. Stir in the potatoes, celery and auyama.
  • Five minutes later add the noodles and parsley and cook until noodles are cooked through. Stir regularly to avoid excessive sticking.
  • Once everything is cooked through, remove the bones from the soup and discard. Taste and season with salt to taste.


If you do get hold of an old hen, be prepared for a long cooking time. In that case a pressure cooker will shorten the cooking time a whole lot.
I prefer to use homemade vegetable or chicken broth instead of bouillon cubes. It's a personal preference.


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1273mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2948IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg