Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup With Chayotes, photo by Sonia Mendez GarciaPhoto by Sonia Mendez Garcia

Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup With Chayotes

Cuisine: Tex Mex
Servings: 8 servings
A cross between your favorite chicken noodle soup, but with some Mexican flavors. A light homemade chicken stock with tender egg noodles and just enough chicken and vegetables.

On one hand, you hate to see the warm weather go, but on the other hand, the thought of a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cool night, well it sounds delicious! For this recipe, I added some of my favorite ingredients I typically add to my Mexican version of chicken soup. I love, love, love chayote squash! Also known as pear squash, it’s mild in flavor and has a potato-like texture. If you enjoy squash and have not tried it, you should. Besides grilled, I really like adding it to many of my soups and carne guisada recipes. It holds up to long cooking times without getting too soft or falling apart. And what could make this Mexican chicken noodle soup better? Homemade stock! The jalapeño adds a nice flavor without adding too much heat, making this a kid-friendly meal the whole family will enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • For the Homemade Chicken Stock
  • 2 large boneless chicken breasts
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • olive oil
  • 8-9 cups water
  • 1 small head of garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 jalapeño pepper sliced in half
  • 2 small stalks ofmcelery
  • 1 carrot sliced in half
  • 1/2 medium white onion
  • 1 cob of corn remove corn and reserve
  • Handful chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons of chicken base for soups
  • You Will Also Need
  • 1/2 medium white onion
  • 1 large poblano pepper diced
  • 2 large carrots sliced
  • 1 large chayote sliced thin
  • 1 large Roma tomato diced
  • 4 additional cups of water
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed Mexican oregano
  • reserved corn
  • 2 cups medium egg noodles uncooked
  • 1/3 cups more cilantro chopped

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Directions

  1. Season the chicken breast, on both sides, with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Set aside. In a large pot, preheat 2 tablespoons of olive oil to medium heat for a few minutes. When hot, sear the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  2. To the chicken, add 8 to 9 cups of water and all of the ingredients listed to prepare the chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover 3/4 of the way. Continue cooking at a low simmer for a good 1 to 1½ hours. Taste for salt and pepper along the way.To the chicken, add 8 to 9 cups of water and all of the ingredients listed to prepare the chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover 3/4 of the way. Continue cooking at a low simmer for a good 1 to 1½ hours. Taste for salt and pepper along the way.
  3. Using a slotted spoon remove the chicken onto a plate, set aside. Also using the slotted spoon, remove all of the solids from the chicken stock and discard. Shred or chop the chicken into pieces and add back into chicken stock.
  4. To the pot of chicken, add all of the ingredients listed, minus the corn, dry noodles and cilantro. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover again. Cook for another 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. Raise heat slightly so soup is simmering vigorously, add the corn and noodles. Cook for just 7 to 9 minutes just until noodles are cooked. Remove from heat and add in the cilantro. Gently stir, cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Garnish with lime, jalapeño and fresh cilantro. Serve with warm corn tortillas.Raise heat slightly so soup is simmering vigorously, add the corn and noodles. Cook for just 7 to 9 minutes just until noodles are cooked. Remove from heat and add in the cilantro. Gently stir, cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Garnish with lime, jalapeño and fresh cilantro. Serve with warm corn tortillas.

Chef Notes

Any variety of egg noodles can be used for this recipe. Just make sure you don't add them until the end or they may overcook.

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