Sopa de pollo y fideos (Croatian Style)


Sopa de pollo y fideos (Croatian Style)

Croatian Chicken Noodle Soup

In Croatian cuisine, hearty soups are a staple, especially during the colder months. This Croatian adaptation of the Mexican classic, Sopa de pollo y fideos, combines the comforting flavors of chicken and noodles with a Croatian twist. It is a delicious and nourishing soup that will warm you up from the inside out.

Jan Dec

20 minutes

1 hour 10 minutes

1 hour 30 minutes

4 servings


Omnivore, Gluten-free (if using gluten-free noodles), Dairy-free, Low-fat, Low-sodium

Wheat (if using regular noodles)

Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo, Keto, Nut-free


While the Mexican version of this soup typically includes ingredients like tomatoes, chili peppers, and cilantro, the Croatian adaptation focuses on a simpler flavor profile. The Croatian version omits the spicy elements and instead highlights the natural flavors of the chicken and vegetables. Additionally, the use of Croatian noodles adds a unique touch to the dish. We alse have the original recipe for Sopa de pollo y fideos, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 350 kcal / 1465 KJ
  • Fat: 8g / 2g saturated
  • Carbohydrates: 30g / 3g sugars
  • Protein: 40g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    In a large pot, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. 2.
    Add the minced garlic and sauté for another minute.
  3. 3.
    Add the chicken pieces to the pot and season with salt, pepper, and dried thyme. Cook until the chicken is browned on all sides.
  4. 4.
    Pour in the chicken broth and add the bay leaf. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 1 hour, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  5. 5.
    Remove the chicken pieces from the pot and shred the meat using two forks. Discard the bones and return the shredded chicken to the pot.
  6. 6.
    Add the Croatian egg noodles to the soup and cook according to the package instructions, usually for about 8-10 minutes.
  7. 7.
    Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning if needed. Remove the bay leaf.
  8. 8.
    Serve the Croatian Chicken Noodle Soup hot, garnished with fresh parsley.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Chicken — Make sure to remove the skin from the chicken pieces before cooking to reduce the fat content of the soup.
  • Croatian egg noodles — Cook the noodles separately and add them to the soup just before serving to prevent them from becoming too soft.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a richer flavor, you can add a parsnip or a leek to the soup while cooking the vegetables.
  • If you prefer a thicker soup, you can add a tablespoon of flour to the sautéed vegetables before adding the chicken broth.
  • Feel free to customize the soup by adding your favorite vegetables such as peas or corn.

Serving advice

Serve the Croatian Chicken Noodle Soup as a main course with some crusty bread on the side. It is a complete and satisfying meal on its own.

Presentation advice

Garnish each bowl of soup with a sprinkle of fresh parsley to add a pop of color and freshness.