Spanish Chicken Noodle Soup (Sopa de Pollo con Fideos)

Spanish chicken soup
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  • Total: 100 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
572 Calories
31g Fat
25g Carbs
48g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4-6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 572
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 48g
Calcium 118mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.

Some sopa de pollo con fideos recipes include potatoes, so don't be afraid to throw some in.

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, a ​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 especially good for you when you have a cold coming on.


  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots 
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion
  • 3 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 chicken backs (skin on and bone-in)
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/5 pound angel hair pasta
  • Salt (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Peel and coarsely chop vegetables.

  2. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and garlic and sauté the vegetables for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

  3. Add the chicken backs to the pan. Brown the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes. Add water and bay leaves. Simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Salt to taste. The chicken will be soft and practically falling off the bones.

  4. Remove chicken from the pot, and separate the skin and bones. Return pieces of chicken meat back into the soup pot. Add oregano and give a good stir.

  5. Bring soup to a fast boil. Break dry noodles in half and add noodles to soup. Cook until noodles are done. Serve while hot.


  • The Spanish often 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.