Sopa de Fideo with Chicken
Rich and flavorful fideo and chicken soup with tomato paste and garlic! Absolutely delicious!
Sometimes I make sopa de fideo with chicken, sometimes I don’t. I like the extra flavor it adds to the soup, so most of the time I do add chicken with the bone – typically drumsticks.
Be sure to season them with salt to your liking before you cook them. You can use as little as two drumsticks if you want.
This recipe calls for six because I wanted to have leftovers for the next day!
I start by cooking the chicken in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil on all sides until the skin starts to crisp which usually takes about 8-10 minutes on medium-low heat.
This helps start the cooking process and cuts down on how long you have to boil the chicken once you add it to the sopa.
•4 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
•6 chicken drumsticks, thawed, skin on
•salt to season chicken
•1 7- ounce bag dry fideo noodles
•6 cups warm water
•3 tablespoons tomato paste
•2 teaspoons garlic salt
•1 teaspoon chicken knorr
➔In a 3-quart (10″) pan, cook the chicken in about two tablespoons cooking oil on all sides until the skin starts to crisp; about 7-8 minutes on medium-low heat.
➔Remove all the legs and set them aside. (Chicken will not be fully cooked yet.)
➔On medium-low heat, toast fideo in two tablespoons cooking oil, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn; about 6 to 8 minutes.
➔Once fideo is toasted into a light golden brown color, add water, tomato paste, garlic salt and chicken knorr. Bring the sopa to a low simmer and continue stirring until all the tomato paste is fully distributed.
➔Return the chicken to the soup and bring it back to a low simmer. Cover and let it simmer on low for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and let it rest for another 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
You can add many vegetables, so I added peppers of different colors for my taste and for a good appetite too!
I hope you enjoy this sopa de fideo with chicken. Now that we’re seeing signs of Fall tiptoeing around the corner, we’ll be having more sopa in our house. How about you?