Chicken Soup (Kådun Månuk)
Kådu is the Chamorro term for soup or broth. Think of it as Chamorro Comfort Food. It could be 90 degrees outside on Guam, but serve some kådu for lunch or dinner and chances are, you’ll forget your worries–and the hot weather–as you enjoy a steaming bowl of delicious soup.
There isn’t a particular occasion that kådu is served. If made at home, kådu is usually served as the main course — chicken, beef or other kådu is the starring attraction, served over steamed rice with fina’denne’ on the side. Whereas if you see kadu at parties, it’s usually something more along the lines of a drinkable soup, like Chamorro Corn Soup or Beef Soup with Noodles and Vegetables.
Growing up, kådu was made using whatever we had on hand. Most often my mom would make chicken kådu, using the chickens raised in our yard, of course. She’d also add whatever vegetables my dad happened to be growing at our ranch, or vegetables growing in the back yard. My favorite vegetables to add to kådu were squash and pumpkin tips, and if we had some potatoes and onions, into the pot they went as well. Freshly squeezed coconut milk was a must; that was usually my job when I was younger — grating the coconut then pressing out the thick and creamy milk.
Give my recipe a try. It’s great for those bleary days when warm chicken soup seems to be the only thing to chase the cold away. Find my complete recipe at the bottom of this post. My recipe makes enough to serve 6-8 people, plus enough left over to pack lunch the next day.
You can also try my recipe for Beef Shank Kådu with Vermicelli Noodles and Vegetables. I think you’ll like that one too. 🙂
Here’s how to make my Chicken Kådu.
Prepare your vegetables. Peel and cut your vegetables in to large chunks. I used zucchini, potatoes and baby bok choy in this version; you can use your favorite vegetables.
Peel the zucchini and thickly slice them. I sliced these about 3/4 to 1 inch thick.
Separate the baby bok choy leaves. Rinse each leaf thoroughly to remove all dirt trapped in between the leaves.
Peel and cut the potatoes into large chunks. I used small red potatoes and cut them half. Place the cut potatoes in cold water to keep them from oxidizing and turning brown.
Set all the vegetables aside for now while you cook the chicken.
Place the chicken into a large pot along with sliced onions, chopped garlic, chicken seasoning and black pepper.
Cook the chicken over medium-high heat until done.
Add the potatoes to the pot along with enough water to cover the potatoes. Cover the pot and bring the soup to a boil. Cook the potatoes for about 8-10 minutes or until they are almost done (the potatoes should still be a bit difficult to pierce easily with a fork). The potatoes will continue cooking when you add the rest of the vegetables.
Add the zucchini to the pot once the potatoes are just about done. It doesn’t take long for squash to cook, so be sure to add them to the pot at the end. Replace the lid on the pot; cook the squash for just a few minutes.
Baby bok choy also cooks very quickly. In fact, the steam from the pot will cook the tender leaves sufficiently. Add the bok choy leaves to the pot once the squash is done then turn the heat to low; replace the lid on the pot.
It takes just a couple of minutes for the bok choy to wilt. Turn off the heat once it does.
All that’s left to do is stir in the coconut milk. You don’t want to boil coconut milk or it will separate after prolonged cooking. The soup is quite hot at this point, hot enough to warm the coconut milk, which is all you need to do. Give it a stir, then taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Add more salt (or chicken seasoning) and pepper, to taste.
Serve with steamed white rice and fina’denne’ and ENJOY! 🙂
- 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
- 6 drumsticks
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 tablespoons chicken seasoning (or powdered chicken bouillon)
- 10 small red potatoes, peeled and cut in half
- 4 cups water
- 8 bunches baby bok choy, leaves separated
- 6 medium zucchini squash, peeled and sliced into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cans coconut milk
- Place the chicken, onions, garlic, black pepper and chicken seasoning in a large pot. Cook over medium-high heat until the chicken is done.
- Add the potatoes and water to the pot. Bring the soup to a boil; cook for 8-10 minutes or until the potatoes are almost done.
- Add the squash to the pot; cook for a couple of minutes.
- Add the baby bok choy leaves to the pot and reduce the heat to low. Cook just until the leaves wilt.
- Turn the heat off then stir in the coconut milk.
Hi, for the coconut milk how many oz do you use ?
Each can is around 13.5 oz.
This is best video on Kadu..step by step.
I love this recipe especially cold days and
away from Guam.
Si Yuus Maase,Lou from Yona
I’ve made this for my family countless times, and it is such a go to favorite! we currently live in oregon, and it always reminds us of home! thank you for sharing
You’re welcome! I’m glad it’s a favorite in your home.
THANK YOU SO MUCH ANNIE MAY THE DEAR LORD BLESS YOU I MADE IT FOR THE FIRST TIME I HAD COMPANY AND THEY LOVED IT TOO
You’re welcome! I’m happy to hear everyone loved it!
Hafa adai! I found your recipe using Google and was wondering about something… At the very beginning, your instructions mention using garlic, but in the ingredients list, it is nowhere to be found. Also, do i add a little water or oil to the chicken and spices at the beginning? I don’t mean to be anal, I just want to cook it properly for my family to enjoy. Thank you for posting up your recipe.
Thanks for the catch! I’ll update my recipe to add the garlic, but it should be 2 tablespoons chopped garlic.
You don’t add any water or oil in the beginning. As the chicken cooks, the fat will begin to melt and is enough to start to brown the chicken.
OMG! Just made your oxtail soup . Sooo good! And I am very picky
So glad you like it!
Forgot my question… we put squash, zucchini, kale and asparagus in ours, would butternut squash work too?
Hi again! I’m sure butternut squash would work as well. Any vegetable you like would work in this dish. If you like yams, those are also delicious added to the kådu instead of potatoes. You can also try adding fresh green beans too…the options are virtually endless! Visit again soon and let me know what other vegetable additions you’ve made.
My gf is Guamanian and I love everything she cooks! She always raved about her chicken soup and finally made it for me using some hints from your recipe, oh my goodness! This soup, with the rice and the fina’denne’! Best thing I ever ate! Thank you! I love this site!
Hi Cheryl! Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you love Chamorro food. Thanks, too, for your feedback–I’m glad my recipe provided useful tips.
This is my alllll time favorite dish my grandpa would make thank you for posting it!!!!
You’re welcome, Trevor! Let me know how it turns out for you. 🙂