Abuela's Chicken Noodle Soup

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 25m
Ready In

Recipe: #38147

January 28, 2022

"Chicken noodle soup with a Hispanic twist"

Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (470.2 g)
  • Calories 458.9
  • Total Fat - 12.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 148.5 mg
  • Sodium - 1020.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 27.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.2 g
  • Sugars - 3.6 g
  • Protein - 59.5 g
  • Calcium - 152 mg
  • Iron - 4.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 16.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Brown chicken breasts in oil over high heat.

Step 2

In a large covered oven proof pan, or casserole, mix tomato, garlic, spinach, cilantro, chili powder, 2 cups of chicken broth and cheese. Place chicken in mixture, cover and bake for 45 minutes in 400ºF oven.

Step 3

Remove chicken, cook and shred.

Step 4

Break pasta into pieces and cook according to package. Drain.

Step 5

In soup pot, place cooked pasta, 4 cups chicken broth, picante sauce, reserved pan sauce, lime juice and chicken. Add salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Can serve with lime wedges and extra chopped cilantro.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For the best flavor, use fresh Roma tomatoes rather than canned.
  • Cotija cheese can be found in the cheese section of most grocery stores, but Feta can be used as a substitute.

  • Substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs for the chicken breasts - this will add more flavor and juiciness to the soup.
  • Substitute queso fresco for the cotija cheese - this will give the soup a creamier texture and a milder flavor.

Vegetarian Version Substitute the chicken breasts with 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed. Increase the amount of garlic to 10 cloves and add 1 teaspoon of cumin. Omit the chicken broth and use vegetable broth instead. Increase the amount of chili powder to 3/4 cup and add 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika. Omit the cotija cheese and use crumbled feta cheese instead.

Mexican Rice Pilaf - This flavorful side dish is the perfect accompaniment to Abuela's Chicken Noodle Soup. It features long grain white rice, diced onion, diced bell pepper, garlic, and a mixture of Mexican spices. The Mexican Rice Pilaf adds a delicious depth of flavor to the soup and makes it a complete meal.

Refried Beans - Refried beans are a classic Mexican side dish that goes perfectly with Abuela's Chicken Noodle Soup. The creamy texture of the beans pairs nicely with the Mexican Rice Pilaf, and the combination of flavors is sure to be a hit. Refried beans are a great source of protein, making them a nutritious addition to the meal.


Q: How long do I need to bake the chicken?

A: You need to bake the chicken for 45 minutes in a 400ºF oven.

Q: What temperature should I set my oven to?

A: You should set your oven to 400ºF for baking the chicken.

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Fun facts:

This recipe is inspired by the traditional Mexican dish, Caldo de Pollo, which is a popular dish throughout Latin America. It is often served as a comforting meal for special occasions.

The cotija cheese used in this recipe is named after the town of Cotija, Michoacan in Mexico. It is a popular cheese used in Mexican cuisine, and is often referred to as the “Parmesan of Mexico”.