Portuguese Chicken Soup (Canja)

This is the perfect comfort dish for when the weather gets cooler, or when you have the sniffles!


  • 12 cups of water, or approximately 2/3 of a pot
  • 3/4 tsp salt, or more to taste
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, whole
  • 4 chicken thighs, bone in skin on (can also use chicken legs)
  • 3/4 cup small pasta (I use star-shaped pasta)


  1. Season chicken with cracked salt and pepper.
  2. Add water, salt, olive oil, and garlic to the water and bring to a boil on medium heat.
  3. Add chicken thighs and boil until cooked through, approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Remove chicken and remove skin and bones.  Shred chicken into small pieces.  Add pasta to water while shredding chicken and turn to low.
  5. Cook pasta until soft, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Add shredded chicken back to the pot and cook on low for a few more minutes.
  7. Remove garlic from soup and serve.