Sancocho is a popular stew in many Latin countries and the recipe varies from place to place.  The base of it is really similar as the stew consists of chicken and a variety of root vegetables like yuca (cassava) and yautia (malanga). Some also add either green bananas or green plantains. I will share the Puerto Rican version of sancocho, as it's the one I'm most familiar with. It's the perfect meal for the colder weather that is approaching soon. Plus, it's a really healthy stew as root vegetables are gluten-free, low-glycemic, and high in fibers and minerals. 


(5-6 servings)

· 2 yuca/cassava roots (peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces)

. 2 malanga roots (peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces)

. 2 green bananas, or green plantains (peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces)

· 2 or 3 corn on the cob cut into 1- or 2-inch pieces

· 2 or 3 large carrots (peeled and chopped)

· Optional: celery root (chopped)

· 2  lbs of chicken thighs cut into pieces (with or without bone)

· Cooking oil of choice

· 4 tbsp of sofrito (blended onions, peppers, cilantro and garlic) You can find a recipe on my blog;  

· 2 tbsp of stuffed green olives

· 1 tbsp of sazón (seasoning made with annatto). Recipe on my blog or can purchase at

· 2 cups of organic tomato sauce

· 2 cups of chicken broth



· Boil the chicken in about 2 cups of water for 20 minutes. Do not drain.

· In a separate large pot (big enough to fit all the ingredients), add the oil, sofrito, olives and sazón. Stir fry for a minute or so.

· Add the tomato sauce and stir.

· Add all the root vegetables including the green bananas, plantains, carrots and corn.

· Add in the boiled chicken and broth until everything is covered.

· Cook until all the root vegetables are cooked (soft enough to stick a fork in them) and the liquid has a thick consistency. 

. Serve and sprinkle cilantro on top if desired. 

· Can be served with rice or on its own as a hearty soup. Enjoy!!


Made with Love, 

Mayra Luz Colón 

Founder of Nutrition Dork LLC &

the Healthy Rican Brand


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