Portuguese Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro and Shredded Chicken is beyond flavorful and it all starts with a garlic, cilantro and serrano chile paste. This is so darn good!
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Portuguese Bread and Garlic Soup

Portuguese Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro and Shredded Chicken is beyond flavorful. This satisfying, rustic soup starts with a garlic, cilantro and serrano chile paste and when the shredded chicken is added makes for a filling, aromatic soup. Adapted from Rosa Filipe's Açorda à Alentejana
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: bread soup, chicken soup, garlic soup recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 795kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


Cilantro Paste

  • 2 cups cilantro (See Note 1)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 serrano peppers stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 slices day old sourdough bread
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 roasted chicken breasts shredded


  • Pulse cilantro, garlic, Serrano chiles, salt, and pepper in a food processor until roughly chopped. Add oil slowly and purée to a smooth paste. Place 1/2 cup of paste in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Cut bread into 1 inch cubes and toast in oven until golden brown. In a bowl toss the cilantro paste and bread to coat. Set aside.
  • Heat remaining paste in a 6 quart soup pot over medium heat. Cook for 3 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil.
  • In a bowl whisk together the eggs. While stirring broth, slowly drizzle in eggs. Cook until eggs are just set, about 1 minute.
  • Add shredded chicken into soup bowls. Remove soup from heat and stir in bread mixture, pour over chicken and serve hot.


  1. You will need a total of 2 cups fresh cilantro. I typically get 2 -3 small bunches of cilantro, stems included for a total of 2 cups. Once pureed with the Cilantro Paste ingredients you will get/use about a 1/2 cup for this soup.


Calories: 795kcal | Carbohydrates: 85.2g | Protein: 44.9g | Fat: 30.1g | Saturated Fat: 5.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17.3g | Cholesterol: 165mg | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 11.8g