Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup – a flavourful, nutritious and comforting meal, perfect for chilly days or when you are feeling unwell. Bone broth helps increase the nutritional benefits of this soup. This one pot meal is ready in under 30 minutes and is a great way to use up leftover roast chicken!
It may be March, but I am still considering it soup season for as long as there is snow on the ground and I still require my winter jacket! It has felt like winter will never end, and I am just so ready for spring already. Thankfully, it looks like some warmer weather is on the way. In the meantime, lets have more soup!
Joel and I both have been fighting a cold the last week or so, which has not been fun. As we are getting ready to go to New Orleans next weekend, I decided some homemade chicken noodle soup was in order to help fight off these colds. But if you know me, you know I don’t like things basic. No, I like to change things up and add a little something to my recipes to make them a bit more special.
The result? Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup! And wow, is this ever a bowl full of delicious, nutritious goodness and after one bowl I already feel a lot better. Let’s talk about what makes this soup so good.
The base of this soup is bone broth. I was recently gifted a sample of locally made Bones and Marrow Bare Bones Broth, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. You’ve probably heard of bone broth, as it’s starting to become talked about more and more. But what makes bone broth better and different than store bought stock or bouillon cubes?
Well, bone broth is simmered for a long time with a high ratio of bones to water aimed to extract maximum nutrition. Store bought stock or bouillon cubes tend to be quite high in sodium, MSG and artificial flavours and have little to no nutritional value. Bone broth has amazing benefits for your health, as it is rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients including calcium, magnesium, and collagen. It is great for gut health, r muscles and joints, can help reduce inflammation and is great for your hair, skin and nails too.
You can cook with it, you can add it to smoothies or you can sip it straight. There are many ways to enjoy bone broth, and I am enjoying learning all about it and experimenting with it in my recipes!
If you are in the Winnipeg area, I highly recommend you check out Bone and Marrow bone broth – all the information on where to buy it can be found on their website. (Please note, this isn’t a sponsored post – I was gifted a sample of their product to try out, and as I highly enjoyed it I decided to post the recipe I made with it). Otherwise, you can likely find some at your local farmers market, shop online or even make your own!
A hint of spice
Did you know spicy foods can help boost your health? They are a natural decongestant, reducing congestion in your sinuses and nasal passages. Spice can also help with breathing problems from bronchitis and relieve flu symptoms too. A bit of spice along with some smokiness from chipotle powder level up this recipe up from regular ol’ chicken noodle soup, without being too hot for sensitive palates.
A hot bowl of soup
It can’t be denied that there is just something so comforting about a hot bowl of soup when you are not feeling well. It’s likely that memories you have from childhood when you were ill include a steaming hot bowl of chicken noodle soup. It’s nostalgic, soothing, and delicious. Hot soup can help break up congestion and improve symptoms. It’s a great nutrient-dense food option when you don’t have a huge appetite, and can help increase hydration too.
Easy to throw together
When you are feeling under the weather, you don’t want to have to spend the little energy you have preparing a meal for yourself. Luckily, this soup comes together in 30 minutes, and requires little prep work. Leftover roast chicken works really well here, as all you gotta do is chop it and up throw it into the pot. Plus, who doesn’t love a way to use up leftovers?
Let this Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup be your new go-to when you are sick, or just in need of a bowl of soup. Hot, comforting and delicious it’ll soon become a favourite in your home.
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Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (avocado oil or olive oil work too)
- 1 yellow onion , diced
- 5 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 cups shredded chicken (use leftover roast chicken or cooked chicken breasts)
- 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 3 cups bone broth
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups water
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
- 4 oz dry linguine or spaghetti noodles
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- cilantro, avocado slices, green onion, jalapenose for garnish
- In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes or until golden. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
- Add chicken, tomatoes, bone broth, water and spices to pot, stirring. Turn up heat to high and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling add in noodles - it may not seem like many noodles, but don't add more as they expand and will soak up some of the broth!
- Bring to boil again, then reduce the heat to medium, simmering for 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Stir in lime juice and remove from heat.
- Serve while hot in bowls, garnishing with sliced green onions, cilantro, avocado slices and/or sliced jalapeno. Enjoy.