Sopa de Pollo con Fideos (Chicken Noodle Soup)

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Sopa de Pollo con Fideos (Chicken Noodle Soup)

Tired and lazy here, thought I would let you know I am alive……..

It is definitely getting chilly in these parts and when it’s chilly it is time for soup.  This is a soup that I make for Obed on chilly days like today.  He loves soup, in fact he had about three bowls of this soup and was sad when there wasn’t enough for a fourth.  This is how Mami(es) in Puerto Rico make chicken noodle soup.  First of all we use bone in meat, none of that dried shredded chicken breast stuff here and of course the secret ingredient sofrito.  Sofrito gives all Puerto Rican food its distinct flavor.

This is very simple to make and it just a warm and satisfying meal on a cold or rainy day.  Make it with love and it cures the common cold.

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Sopa de Pollo con Fideos (Chicken Noodle Soup)

  • 1 whole chicken, cut in pieces
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (1 reserved)
  • 2 quarts of chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 tablespoons sofrito
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 envelope Sazon con Achiote
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • Angel hair pasta

Rub the chicken with salt, pepper and oregano and one teaspoon olive oil and set aside for 30 minutes.

In a large heavy pot sauté the sofrito purée, onions and celery with remaining olive oil, for 5 minutes over medium-low heat. Brown the chicken pieces to seal in their flavor. Add the chicken stock or water to the chicken and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Raise the heat and bring to a boil once more; add carrots, potatoes, sazon and bay leaf. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for 20 minutes, until carrot and potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. During the last 5 – 10 , minutes add the angel hair and cook until pasta is done.


  1. di says

    I absolutely love the Puerto Rican version much better than the traditional version…I’ve made this twice before….muy bueno .I’ve tried boiling the chicken down in the chicken stock and removed bones or oven cooked the chicken and let it cool before breaking up and sauteed with safrito,onion etc..I don’t recall if tour recipe called for corn but excellent addition to recipe:)

  2. Daniel says

    Also, when you use whole chicken cut up, are you using large pieces like whole legs, thigh, breast, or are you cutting into small pieces? Sorry so many questions. I can’t tell from the photo…

      • Daniel says

        Ok, that is how I cut my whole chickens also. I cut each breast in half for a smaller piece. Ok, gonna try this recipe this weekend!

      • Daniel says

        OK, I made this tonight! Very sabroso. Now, I tried to brown the chicken in the onion celery sofrito mixture, and I was concerned I would burn the mixture before browning the chicken. So, next time, I will brown the chicken in a separate skillet? Also, my pieces of chicken are large with bone in, such as a leg, thigh, wing, etc. How do you eat this? I served in pasta soup bowls, but eating the chicken was a bit awkward. Is that how it is supposed to be? I need a Puerto Rican expert!

        • says

          Yeah it’s a bit messy and awkward. We like to eat with our hands, but next time it’s ok to remove the chicken from the pot and pull it if u like. Class it up a bit. 😉

          • Daniel says

            OK, just wondering if I was doing something wrong! It was very tasty. Next time I think I’ll take the chicken off the bones. But the bones really help the flavor I’m sure. Very good!

  3. Daniel says

    Can’t wait to try this. Two questions: do I brown the chicken in the sofrito, onions, and celery? How much angel hair pasta?

  4. says

    I prepare this soup for my son (27 years) because his is sick. I did not ever prepare a soup in my life, first time, excellent, follow the recipe as is and you will taste it. I make with ” bolitas de platano” inside it was amazing. Thanks.

  5. papuchon says

    Muy buena, i could not find sofrito in the kitchen, this is my first time cooking a chicken soup ever, mu daughters said it was goodilicious, thanks.

  6. says

    I made this for dinner this week and it was sooooo good! Thanks for all your tips! My boyfriend is Puerto Rican and I’m Mexican; this recipe does a good job of combining both cultures into one comforting and tasty dish :)

  7. Susan says

    You mention tomato sauce in the directions and don’t list that in the ingredients – are you referring to the sofrito mixture?


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