Chicken Sopas Recipe


This is the dish that somehow rekindled my interest in keeping a food blog. I recently re-discovered Chicken Sopas when winter hit Adelaide a couple of months ago. I’ve been meaning to write down the recipe that I have in my head (hacked from various recipes I found and from memory when I used to cook it years ago). But, I keep forgetting. So, I took a photo to remind me of what it looks like, hoping that the photo would jog my memory. So, here’s hoping that I’m going to get this right… If I use any wrong cooking terminologies, please excuse me and feel free to enlighten me. :-)

Again, please note that I’m not an “official cook” or a chef, so I might not do things “the right way” all the time. All I know is that my food’s edible and that my family and friends enjoy my cooking, so ’nuff said. 😉

Hope you enjoy my version of the Filipino chicken sopas:

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chicken Sopas Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4-6
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 200-250 grams chicken shredded
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 1 pc chicken stock cube
  • 1 pc small onion sliced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced or chopped
  • 1 tsp cooking oil vegetable or canola
  • 1 cup small shell pasta (alternative: elbow macaroni)
  • 1 pc carrot cubed (small)
  • 1 stalk celery chopped or sliced
  • ½ cup cabbage shredded
  • 1 pc egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp fish sauce (aka 'patis', optional)
  1. Boil the chicken in the water. You can add the salt and pepper, if you like.
  2. Once the chicken is cooked, take it out of the water to shred or to slice. Save the water as stock for later. Set aside the shredded chicken.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Add the garlic and saute until slightly brown, then add the onions.
  4. Add the shredded chicken.
  5. When the chicken is slightly brown, add the water (chicken stock). Add the chicken stock cube, if preferred.
  6. When the water boils, add the pasta. Make sure that there's enough water left for the pasta to cook. Just keep adding ½ cup of plain water (preferably hot), if/when needed. Make sure that you have enough liquid for a soup.
  7. As soon as the pasta is 'al dente' (not quite cooked, but already softened), add the carrots and celery. Stir.
  8. After 2-3 minutes, add the shredded cabbage. Keep stirring.
  9. Add the egg. Make sure that you stir and break the egg - so you don't get one lump of egg in your soup.
  10. Once the egg is "stirred in" the soup, slowly add the milk and keep stirring. Remember not to add the milk all at once and you must stir, stir, stir. Otherwise, the milk might "curdle". And, that's not a pretty sight!
  11. When you've successfully added all the ingredients, check if you need to add salt and/or pepper. Some people also opt to use fish sauce.
  12. That's it! You can now enjoy your chicken sopas.
I used to use elbow macaroni, but I found that I prefer the shell pasta nowadays. You can use either macaroni or the shell pasta.
I prefer to use freshly ground black pepper, but you can use any other type.


You can eat chicken sopas on its own. But, some people might like to eat it with rice and/or bread

All I know is that it definitely hits the spot when I’m feeling icky and/or cold.

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  1. says

    Sounds delicious, Shai! Thanks for sharing. I’ve developed my own Chicken Sopas recipe, too. I just love it, sick or not.

  2. mahdale marlin says

    this day is the day of my husband’s dental appt., so he need to eat more on soup. im a filipina who doesn’t know how to cook any dishes except of frying, so i look at da net and saw this steps.. waha, i got it right he likes it, kinda impressed of my self. thnks for the steps. :-)

  3. says

    Connie: Thanks. Do you have a recipe of your own chicken sopas online?

    Mahdale Marline: You’re welcome. Glad it was useful to you and that your husband liked it. Well done. And thanks for telling me. :-)

  4. Hirai says

    Just to let you know, I’ll use this recipe for my Culianry Arts gift! Thank you for posting this online.
    I like your recipe!

  5. Lynn says

    Do you have more soup recipes? My husband likes soups, especially if it’s a filipino recipe. Thanks!

  6. ace says

    im suffering from a very bad flu today and i wanted to cook sopas so i searched the net and your website and popped out, so i tried your chicken sopas recipe, and oh my its really delicious!!!! 😆 😆 im sure this will make me feel better. thanks!!!

  7. Anna Marga says

    Ma is not yet around, and I want to have “sopas”. I don’t cook… but your Chicken Sopas picture makes me want to try and cook Chicken Sopas for myself. It looks delicious! Hehe.
    Thank you!

  8. says

    my gf pointed me to this site… hay… she’s craving… and she wanted me to cook your recipe… she wont accept eating from a restaurant, or cook her an instant sopas… :(
    I’m not really good at cooking, nakaka-tyamba lang minsan :( kahit prito nga nasusunog ko pa e :(

  9. Sheryl says

    Hi, I will try your chicken sopas tonight. Thanks for sharing I am a self proclaimed “I do not know how to cook” till I got married to an Aussie guy and have my own family at wala rin nanay na pwedeng lambingin para lutuan ka ng sopas *grin* … now I don’t have a choice but to try cooking healthy yummy foods for us. Will defeinitely be back for more recipes!!!

  10. Marc says

    Shai, your recipe is perfect! I decided to try to cook sopas this afternoon ‘coz it was raining and it’s ideal to eat sopas when it’s cold. I didn’t have an idea how to prepare. I googled it. BAAAM!! I saw your blog. Thanks!

  11. Harvy says

    success ang luto ko ng sopas. sinunod ko ang recipe mo. maraming salamat. ngayon lang kase ako nag-aaral magluto. nagustuhan naman ng mga kaibigan ko. sinamahan ko rin ng hotdog ang sopas ko… :) thanks again.

  12. edge says

    sounds tasty … im gonna try it !! stirring an egg is new to me .. I only do that when i cook “lomi”.

  13. says

    I’m a newbie cook and Google is my ally in looking for recipes. It’s a bit cold where I am and I want some sopas. I landed on yours for chicken sopas. I’m doing it now. :)

  14. melody says

    hi! i love cooking but im not that good enough… looking on the net on what recipe i should cook tonight.i saw this site and it caught my looks yummy! tnx for posting dis…

  15. ako says

    thank you so much!
    that’s my first time but that perfect! well, atleast for me.hehehe

    thanks for sharing your recipe.

    God Bless

  16. netguy_destroyer says

    hey! newbie guy no.11, read step 7 and you’ll find what ur looking 4 weak.

  17. arleen says

    hi..i just read your recipe,coz i search for how to make a sopas, i think my husband like to eat this one i hope so…but me of course ill always eat this when my sister cooked this food,and when i try to do alone i always forget the recipe and the procedure,so now i got it…..thanks a lot for sharing your recipe….

  18. vincz_2265 says

    heya.. is it your experiments… it looks great… eventhough i didnt try to cook this soup…i do prefer this an appetizer soup… i;m sure just try a little serve of the soup… i’m sure you would always search for it…what shud i use for the milk powdered or evaporated..?

  19. josephine says

    hello!!im just new here at Michigan USA its been my 2 weeks to be already carving for filipino fiance dave who get me here was so sad when he found out i didnt ate when he’s at work,,mostly breads..he tried to cook me many times coz hes a chef,,but the taste of filipino foods is what im missing for,,i never cook in my entire life cause i dont know how…so i decide to searched in net..exactly looking for sopas cause its one of my favorite…im glad i see your post im super happy..we’ll go for shopping tomoght and i will buy too the ingreidents and try to cook it tom morning..thanks!!!

  20. Gladys says

    awesome! thanks for sharing this. i’ve been looking for this recipe — had to learn to cook filipino food on my own and this definitely helps. can’t wait to cook it.
    thanks again!

  21. kissha says

    hello, i also don’t know how to cook but i think that your recipe is easy to follow.Thanksfor sharing. and thanks for adding some notes on alternative ingredients that we can use. this is very helpful. just a question though, can i use butter instead of oil?

  22. says

    Hello Shai! What a wonderful site you have here! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I have allergic rhinitis and suddenly craved for my childhood favorite (chicken sopas!) and found your site. :) I have just copied this down on my hubby’s recipe notebook and I added these: “Serve with lots of love and kisses.” :) He is really the authority in the Kitchen Department so his marching order today is to cook this sopas for his spoiled wife. :)

    I enjoyed reading your site; I will add you in my Blogroll. I also went to the site you recommended (“Spell with Flickr”) and just added the ‘letters’ for my personal blog.

    I will visit your site regularly and look forward to more bits from you. Best wishes! Enjoy your new job! (Read about it, too!)


  23. says

    Wow thanks for this, im about to go to the markets but i totally forgot how to, and what to buy for sopas. heheh.. and im from Australia too, Sydney. :]]

  24. Emly says

    Hello! Thanks for the recipe…:) Just cooked one right now! and it’s yummy!
    I followed your own..:) Thank you! :)

  25. Emy says

    delicious!.. miss ko Pinas,..miss ko pinoy foods,.. miss ko pinoy/pinay friends. dito ko sa north jersey. email naman kayo on your extra time. Shai, thanks for the recipe.

  26. reeya says

    thanks for your recipe. Last night (new year’s eve) me and my little bro cooked chicken sopas using ur recipe. The result? yummy! Sopas palang, solve na ako We just put additional ingredients, it became a chicken-beef sopas with corn. kasi linagyan namin ng corned beef at corn in creamy sauce. :)

  27. jiro says

    thanks for sharing! i’m ready to take the challenge! whew! this will be my first timr to cook chicken sopas ala Shai style… :)

  28. lhynn says

    It’s good to know the serving size, instead of gestimating how much of what will serve how many people of the dish.