Spanish Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - Sopa de Pollo con Fideos

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  • 100 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
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This Spanish chicken soup is a typical first course in Spanish households, regardless of the region and you are sure to be served a chicken soup with either noodles or rice if you visit a Spanish family for any length of time. This soup is perfect for those cold winter evenings when you need something to warm you from the inside out — though the Spanish seem to eat this soup no matter whether it is winter or summer. Luckily, it's super easy to make and you can whip some up at any time.

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The Trick to Making an Authentic Spanish Chicken Soup That Is Also Good for You

What makes this recipe so delicious and good for you is that instead of using store-bought chicken broth that is laden with too much fat or sodium, whole chicken is used with the skin on and the bones in. Using the chicken skin and bones offers much more flavor and added nutrients, making this soup specially good for you when you have a cold coming on.

What You'll Need

  • 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tbsp virgin olive oil
  • 2 chicken backs (skin on and bone-in)
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/5 lb angel hair pasta
  • salt to taste

How to Make It

  1. Peel and coarsely chop vegetables (but you may want to dice the onions and garlic quite small) 
  2. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Add 3 tbsp olive oil and sauté the vegetables for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  3. Add the chicken backs to the pan. Brown the chicken for 2-3 minutes. Add water and 2 bay leaves. Simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours. Salt to taste. Chicken will be soft and practically falling off the bones.
  1. After 1-1 1/2 hours remove chicken from the pot, remove skin and bones. Return pieces of chicken meat back into the soup pot. Add oregano and give a good stir.
  2. Bring soup to a fast boil. Break dry noodles in half and add noodles to soup. Cook until noodles are done. Serve while hot.

Want to Speed up the Cooking Time?

The Spanish commonly use pressure cookers to speed up the cooking time of soups, stews and bean casseroles. Used according to simple directions, they are safe and can save you lots of time.

  • Tips on Using a Pressure Cooker: Spanish Cooks Have a Secret to Speed up Cooking - Pressure Cookers!