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Sopa de coditos recipe

Mexican chicken noodle soup

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This sopa de coditos recipe is the perfect meal for any occasion. It is made with noodle like pasta, veggies, and chicken. Each spoonful could transport us to a place of cherished memories, or simply embrace us with comfort. If you’re looking for an added kick of heat, accompany it with some delicious pickled jalapeños.

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Sopa de coditos recipe

Recipe by Villa Cocina
5.0 from 2 votes
Course: SoupsCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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Enjoying a nice bowl of sopa de coditos is as comforting as it gets. This recipes is made all across Mexico because it’s easy to put together and is delicious. Additionally, packs a good amount of veggies and deep, classic Mexican flavors.


  • The chicken
  • 2.5-3 lbs chicken, skin on-bone in

  • Salt generously

  • Black pepper, generously

  • Brown and broth
  • 2 TBSP smooth olive oil

  • 8 cups water 

  • 1 head of garlic, slice the end off

  • 1/2 white onion 

  • 4 sprigs mint leaves 

  • 1/2 bunch cilantro

  • 4 sprigs thyme

  • For the sauce 
  • 12 oz tomatoes, roughly diced

  • 1/2 ea red bell pepper, roughly diced 

  • 1/4 ea white onion, roughly diced

  • 1 TBSP tomato paste

  • 1/2 tsp cumin, whole

  • 1 tsp dry Mexican oregano

  • 3 ea garlic cloves, peeled 

  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns

  • 2 cups water 

  • Prep the veggies
  • 1 ea russet potato

  • 2 ea carrots

  • 1 ea chayote 

  • 1 ea zucchini

  • Pasta and soup 
  • 2 TBSP smooth oil 

  • 8 oz elbow pasta

  • Salt to taste

  • Toppings
  • Mexican crema 

  • Avocado slices

  • Pickled jalapeños

  • Jalapeño pickling juice 

  • Corn tortilla


  • Brown the chicken: With paper towels, pat the bird dry. Season both sides generously with salt and ground black pepper. In a large pot heat the oil. When ready, brown both sides of the chicken. Don’t over crowd the pot, do it in batches if needed. Once done, place all the pieces back into the pot and pour in the water. Add the garlic, onion, mint, cilantro and thyme. Let it reach a full boil over medium-high heat and remove the foam that may rise to the top. Lower to medium-low heat. When gently simmering, cover and let the chicken fully cook, about 20-25 minutes. 
  • For the sauce : Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until completely smooth. Set aside until needed. 
  • Prep the veggies: All need to be cut as uniform in size as possible. Peeling the skin from the potato is optional but I keep it for the fiber content. Peel the skin from the carrots and cut all the veggies into bite size pieces. Set aside until needed. 
  • Pasta and soup: Place a separate larger pot over medium-heat and add the oil. Once hot, pour in the pasta and cook until golden brown. Remove from the pot. Turn to medium-low heat and once hot, stir in the carrots. Cook them for three minutes. Stir in the potato and chayote, cook for two minutes. Stir as needed. Pour in the blended tomato sauce. 
  • Remove the chicken from the broth. Set aside. Strain broth into the larger pot. Bring to a gentle simmer, cover the pot and let it cook for 10 minutes or until the veggies are 3/4 of the way cooked. Add the zucchini and the pasta. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the pasta almost done. Add the chicken and cook for another three minutes or until everything is soft but not mushy (cooked.) Season with salt to taste and turn off the heat. 
  • Serve: Serve in a bowl and top with Mexican cream, avocado and pickled jalapeños.  Accompany with corn tortillas on the side. 

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