Peruvian Chicken Soup

Savor the rich essence of my Peruvian Chicken Soup recipe, also known as Aguadito de Pollo, a heartwarming delight that brings together tender chicken, vibrant lime juice, and fresh cilantro in a flavorful bowl! With just a quick 20-minute prep time, it’s a breeze to make and offers a healthy twist by reducing starchy vegetables, creating a light yet incredibly hearty and flavorful option. Get ready to indulge in a bowl of comforting goodness that’s both easy and wholesome!

Peruvian chicken soup, Aguadito de Pollo, served in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

Why I Love This Recipe

I have a deep appreciation for this Peruvian Chicken Soup recipe because it captures the essence of Peruvian cuisine, highlighting the fresh and zesty flavors of lime and cilantro that served as the inspiration for my Lime Chicken Fried Rice and Shrimp Ceviche recipes, showcasing its versatility and delightful flavors!

My take on this traditional Peruvian soup is a perfect representation of comfort food, it’s quick to prepare and offers a delightful combination of chicken, vegetables, and aromatic herbs! It’s a hearty and soul-soothing dish, ideal for warming up on chilly days or simply enjoying a taste of Peru’s culinary traditions. Give it a try, and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with its easy preparation, delicious taste and see why it is a family favorite in my house!



  • Chicken – boneless and skinless chicken thigh. Can substitute with chicken breast if preferred.
  • Chicken Broth – premade, canned or in a carton chicken broth.
  • Celery – chopped.
  • Green Beans – fresh is best but can also use canned.
  • Onion – yellow or brown onion.
  • Garlic Cloves – fresh garlic is preferred.
  • Rice – rice of choice, use cauliflower rice for a low carb recipe.
  • Cilantro – fresh cilantro with the stem.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Olive Oil – extra virgin olive oil or olive oil of choice.
  • Sweetener use your preferred sweetener.
  • Lime – freshly squeezed lime juice.

Additional Vegetable Add Ins

You can enhance your soup by adding Corn, Carrots, Green Peas, and Potatoes for extra flavor and texture.

Peruvian chicken soup, Aguadito de Pollo, served in a white bowl.

Essential Kitchen Equipment


☑ Before Getting Started

Choose a Large Pot, ideally a Dutch Oven, for this soup recipe as it excels in heat retention.

Step 1 Prepare the cilantro mixture by blending cilantro leaves in a food processor with water.

Cilantro and garlic in food processor.

Step 2 Next, add chopped onions in a stove top pot coated with olive oil and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Then add in chicken stock, chicken, and vegetables. Heat over medium heat until it gently boils and then set a timer for 10 minutes.

Green beans in Peruvian chicken soup.

🧂 Flavoring Pro Tip

To boost flavor, add 1 tsp of Chicken Bullion to your soup.

Step 3 Add cilantro mixture, salt, sweetener, lime, and your choice of rice. Boil for about 3 minutes or until the rice reaches your desired level of tenderness. Serve with a wedge of lime.

Cilantro garlic being added to Peruvian chicken soup.

💡 Leftover Pro Tip

We recommend to divide the soup into the portions you plan to serve and only add rice to those portions. This prevents the rice from soaking up all the liquids, ensuring that your soup remains in its intended consistency.


Paring Recommendations

While this recipe is designed as a hearty standalone dish, if you’re seeking an even more satisfying meal, consider pairing it with Lime Chicken Fried Rice or Lemon BBQ Chicken.

Peruvian chicken soup, Aguadito de Pollo, served in a white bowl with a wooden spoon, top down.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use chicken breast instead of chicken thighs in this recipe?

Yes, you can use chicken breast, but it may alter the texture of the soup slightly due to lower oil content.

What type of rice works best for this soup?

White short or long-grain rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice for a low-carb option all work well with this soup.

Can I freeze leftovers of this soup for future use?

Yes, you can freeze the soup, but be sure not to add any rice if you plan to freeze it.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, refrain from adding any rice to the container. Instead, place only the soup in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator, where it will remain fresh and flavorful for 5-7 days.

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Peruvian chicken soup, Aguadito de Pollo, served in a white bowl.

Peruvian Chicken Soup

Indulge in the rich essence of Peruvian chicken soup and savor Aguadito de Pollo, a zestful and hearty delight ready in just 20 minutes.
5 from 11 votes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Peruvian
Keyword: aguadito de pollo, chicken cilantro soup, cilantro soup, peruvian chicken soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Print Recipe
Calories: 165kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Peruvian chicken soup ingredients.
  • Chop chicken into bite-size pieces and set aside.
    Peruvian chicken soup ingredients.
  • Dice onions and celery set aside.
    Chopped celery.
  • Chop green beans and also set aside.
    Chopped green beans.
  • Using a food processor or blender, blend cilantro and garlic in 1/4 cup of water and set aside.
    Cilantro and garlic in food processor.
  • In a large stove top pot, heat olive oil on high heat. Add onions and sauté until slightly brown. Approximately 3 minutes.
    Sautéed onions.
  • Next, add chicken broth, chicken, green beans, celery and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low and cook for 10 minutes while stirring occasionally.
    Green beans in Peruvian chicken soup.
  • Add blended cilantro and garlic, rice, salt and sweetener. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
    Cilantro garlic being added to Peruvian chicken soup.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with a wedge of lime.
    Peruvian chicken soup served with lime.


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1218mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 311IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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