Kienyeji Chicken Noodle Soup 

Soup in January? Trust me on this one,despite the heat this heartwarming bowl of soup is perfect as a one pot dinner. Nothing much is needed, other than cutting up the veggies.For this soup, I used kienyeji (road runner) chicken since it’s particularly very flavourful.

Just like the perfect steak, I’m  of the opinion that kienyeji chicken doesn’t need a lot of things to make it stand out. For the soup, I used three ingredients for my aromatics (or mirepoix as the French call it); onions,carrots and celery.


Chop up the veggies.

kienyeji-chicken-noodle-soup-leotunapika-3As for the chicken, I used a whole kienyeji chicken minus the thighs and drumsticks which I intend to use for something else.


In a big saucepan,heat about a tablespoon of oil and then add the aromatics.

kienyeji-chicken-noodle-soup-leotunapika-4Stir for about 2 to 3 minutes and true to the name, a lovely aroma will fills the kitchen.

mirepoix-leotunapikaThen add in the chicken pieces.

kienyeji-chicken-noodle-soup-leotunapikaFor seasoning,salt, black pepper and rosemary leaves.

black peppercorns
black peppercorns

Then in goes the water, you can choose to dissolve a chicken cube in it.

kienyeji-chicken-noodle-soup-leotunapika-8The amount of water/stock might seem a lot but the soup will need to simmer for quite some time and will reduce.

This is how the soup looks after 2 hours of simmering, yes 2. I removed the chicken pieces to shred then add back in.

You can choose to let the soup stand for some few hours then ladle off the floating fat.

kienyeji-chicken-noodle-soup-leotunapika-9Shred the meat from the breast and any other fleshy parts. Since the meat has been cooking for some time it’s pretty soft.

Now we are ready to add the ‘noodles’ ,you can use your favourite kind of noodle or pasta, I used some fusili.

kienyeji-chicken-noodle-soup-leotunapikaAlso add in the shredded chicken.

kienyeji-chicken-noodle-soupCook the pasta as per the pack, ideally until al dente.

Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Chilies are a great idea, I omitted them because of my little one.

Serve and enjoy.



Kienyeji Chicken Noodle Soup

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  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots,diced
  • Celery stalks,diced (about a cup)
  • 1 whole chicken cut into pieces
  • 2 litres water /chicken stock
  • 1 rosemary twig
  • salt
  • 8-10 black pepper corns
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • chilies (optional)
  • Noodles


In a huge sauce pan, heat the oil.

Add in the onions, carrots and celery stir for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.

Add the chicken,salt , black peppercorns, rosemary and the water/stock.

Add chilies if using.

Bring to a boil then let it simmer for about 2 hours.

Remove the chicken pieces and shred the flesh with a fork and add back in.

Add your preferred noodle or pasta and cook until al dente.

Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Serve and enjoy.



    • Hi Mwalimu, boiling it before frying an desired helps soften the meat. I also find marination a sure way of tenderising it. A simple marinade of salt, ginger and some soy sauce helps.


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