Chicken Soup with Recaito & Potatoes

This hearty chicken soup builds flavor quickly, thanks to store-bought recaito, a cooking base made from culantro, onions, sweet peppers and garlic. Each bite is packed with veggies, including potatoes, carrots and red bell pepper. Lime juice finishes the dish to add brightness.

a recipe photo of the Chicken Soup with Recaito & Potatoes served in 3 bowls
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 4 cups lower-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 (12 ounce) jar recaito cooking base (see Tip)

  • 2 cups cubed scrubbed baby gold or Yukon Gold potatoes (1/2-inch)

  • 1 cup cubed scrubbed carrots (1/2-inch)

  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper

  • 1 ½ cups shredded rotisserie chicken

  • 1 cup frozen green peas

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oil in a medium Dutch oven over medium heat. Add cumin; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in broth and recaito; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in potatoes, carrots and bell pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in chicken and peas; cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken and peas are heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in lime juice and salt.


Recaito is a green puree typically made with culantro, onions, sweet peppers and garlic. It is commonly found in Puerto Rican cuisine and used as a base in many savory dishes. Store-bought versions of recaito often substitute culantro with cilantro, which is milder in flavor. Find it in the international aisle of major supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

292 Calories
10g Fat
36g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 cups
Calories 292
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 17g 34%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Vitamin A 7345IU 147%
Vitamin C 78mg 87%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 73mcg 18%
Vitamin K 279mcg 233%
Sodium 509mg 22%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 39mg 9%
Potassium 974mg 21%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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