Sancocho Amarillo
75 mins (prep 30, cooking 45)
30 ingredients
6 servings
Sancocho means to parboil, but most often refers to a soup, usually made with chicken and yuca (cassava) and plantains. The reason it got the name Sancocho is that it is cook relatively fast and at a high temperature, or in a pressure cooker. This version is called Amarillo (yellow) because it includes ingredients (turmeric, annatto seeds) to make the broth appear yellowish. They are optional, of course. If you cannot find some of the vegetables, just double up on what you can find. I put the batata in parenthesis next to the yautia because it is not in the database at all. You can use both if you can find them.

Categories:  poultry , comfort-food , taste~mood , <-4-hours , soups-&-stews , colombian , one-dish-meal , time-to-make , chicken , main-dish , clear-soup , meat , south-american , vegetable ,
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon annatto seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup onion, coarsely chopped (about 1 large)
  • 1 cup bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper (start with 2 tsp salt/1 tsp pepper and adjust at the end of cooking to taste)
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or 4 cups water and 4 bouillon cubes)
  • 3 cups water (additional to broth and bouillon)
  • 6 chicken thighs, bone-in skin and fat removed and discarded
  • 1 medium yucca root, peeled and quartered (cut in half crosswise, then in half lengthwise)
  • 1 green plantain, peeled and quartered (cut in half crosswise, then in half lengthwise)
  • 1 yautia, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch rounds (1 batata, peeled and cut into large dice, ingredient not in database and is optional)
  • 4 red potatoes, washed and quartered (cut in half crosswise, then in half lengthwise)
  • 1 ear of corn (or 2 little ears frozen corn, they'll be cut into 6 rounds, but are easier to cut after being cooked)
  • 3 ounces fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup green onion, chopped for garnish
  • fresh basil, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • tabasco sauce, for serving (or aji (colombian salsa))


Serving Size (378.61 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 298.25 Calories from Fat 130.5
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14.5g 133.8%
Saturated Fat 4.04g 121.12%
Trans Fat 0.08g %
Cholesterol 110.98mg 221.96%
Sodium 485.88mg 121.47%
Total Carbohydrate 6.63g 13.26%
Dietary Fiber 1.58 g 37.86%
Sugars 3.32 g %
Protein 36.27g 435.23%
Vitamin A 786.12IU% Vitamin C 36.38mg%
Calcium 39.81mg% Iron 1.84mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
ground cumin, ground turmeric, freshly ground black pepper, chicken thighs, yucca root, green plantain, red potatoes, fresh cilantro, fresh basil