Chicken noodle soup

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 2

Mary Cadogan's aromatic broth will warm you up on a winter's evening - it contains ginger, which is particularly good for colds, too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal217
  • fat2g
  • saturates0.4g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre0.6g
  • protein26g
  • salt2.52g
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  • 900ml chicken or vegetable stock (or Miso soup mix)



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, about 175g/6oz
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh root ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 50g rice or wheat noodles



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

  • 2 tbsp sweetcorn, canned or frozen


    sw-eet corn

    Also known as corn on the cob, sweetcorn is composed of rows of tightly packed golden yellow…

  • 2-3 mushrooms, thinly sliced



    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • 2 spring onion, shredded
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 tsp soy sauce, plus extra for serving
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • mint or basil leaves and a little shredded chilli (optional), to serve



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…


  1. Pour the stock into a pan and add the chicken, ginger and garlic. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, partly cover and simmer for 20 mins, until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken to a board and shred into bite-size pieces using a couple of forks.

  2. Return the chicken to the stock with the noodles, corn, mushrooms, half the spring onions and the soy sauce. Simmer for 3-4 mins until the noodles are tender. Ladle into two bowls and scatter over the remaining spring onions, herbs and chilli shreds if using. Serve with extra soy sauce for sprinkling.

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Comments (289)

michelle_'s picture

Really delicious and very filling. I used 1 veg stock cube and 1/2 a chicken one and fresh coriander instead of mint. I sliced the chicken thinly before cooking so it wouldn't take so long

Tinny29's picture

Lovely meal. I use lots of ginger. Favourite of mine. Nice And healthy too

vikaroo's picture

This soup is absolutley gorgeous. My boyfriend insists we have this every week now! Its low calorie and really filling too so good for the waistline. Absolutley scrumptious!

carrow's picture

really tasty soup, I made double the amount for 2 adults and 2 children. I added extra sweetcorn, mushrooms and spring onion. The kids loved it and have asked for it again. Makes for a good lunch quick and very easy to make. I served with crusty bread.
Delicious !!

ashley3135's picture

Perfect chicken noodle soup recipe, just DELICIOUS!! Made this tonight but doubled the recipe.. Double the recipe yielded about 4 decent sized bowls.

It was quick and easy to make and I followed the exact recipe, except I added an extra tsp of garlic and ginger, and 2 tsp of chilli at the beginning. I also used medium egg noodle nests as that was what was in my cupboard and it was perfect. Fried some chopped spring onion in a little sesame oil until brown and crispy to garnish, it was perfect.

Will definitely make this one again and again.

smoosh's picture

This is amazing! I woke up suffering from a cold so decided to make this and it's definitely helping making me feel better. I'm a vegetarian so I used vegetable stock and Quorn chicken. I also minced the garlic, added the chilli when the soup was simmering, added a shallot, some Thai wok spice and some chilli flakes. I used noodles out of an instant noodle packet and just cooked them separately (just in boiling water) before adding them to the soup. Lovely!

Shemaine's picture

Love this recipe, it's a staple dinner every week now. I add Chinese cabbage, carrot, broccoli and mangetout and double the stock... YUM!!!!!

MarieKazh's picture

Love this recipe! Perfect flavour and there is no need to go to a local Chinese restaurant and overpay for food there - this dish is easy to prepare and tastes just as good and even better, because it is homemade.

simon-peter's picture

I cannot recommend this one enough: the ingredients are cheap, it's low calorie, it's freezable and, of course, it tastes fantastic.

I doubled the amount of rice noodles - 50g per portion.

After poaching and shredding the chicken I froze half of it. When reheating just add noodles and veg - easy!

SammieL's picture

I made this last night. It was goegeous! I put some extra soy sauce in as I thought it needed more than stated (i used dark soy sauce) Also I added some chilli after what some other readers had put. I will make this again and again. So simple and delicious! I doubled the ingredients as it was for a main meal with a very hungry boyfriend!

hayleyb277's picture

Made this a couple of weeks ago and even my husband (who is not a big soup fan) wolfed it down. Poached a whole chicken and used half the stock as the soup base, then froze the rest of the stock. Whipping it out for tonight and will be using bean sprouts (used some for a Chinese last night) and Pak Choi, yum.

skintrabbit's picture

I just made this worrying it might be bland but it was not! I added chilli flakes, asparagus and red pepper. I used vege stock pot as stock, and quorn chicken pieces. Added some lightly toasted cashews and fresh chilli to the top- really yummy!

cocacola24's picture

Made this for the first time after getting some ingredients from the market and it was amazing! I used two chicken oxo cubes for the stock and added some cayenne and black pepper for enhanced flavour. I removed the noodles and added celery and bean sprouts instead, it was bliss.

marinaveiga87's picture

Absolutely delicious and so easy, i took the recommendations for the chilli and it made it that much more delicious. Definitely try this again tonight!

whatscookin's picture

Totes amazballs!! I made this with some homemade chicken stock, added some extra ginger which I grated into the soup and some extra garlic. I also left out the sweetcorn as hubby isn't keen but added some thinly sliced baby broccoli and it was absolutely out of this world. Thanks again for another great recipe

cookson1969's picture

Tasted amazing I will be making this again .

crm85's picture

Absolutely yummy! I made with Turkey instead of Chicken.

toastisnice's picture

Mmm absolutely delicious! Chicken noodle soup it one of my favourite meals and this is by far the best one I've made! I add carrots and cabbage as well, and usually use 2 cloves of garlic. So quick and easy to make. A real feel-good meal!

msolgama's picture

I made this vegetarian style . Used cabbage peppers one red chilli ( although next time I'll use half was a bit too spicy ) . I also used Waitrose fresh noodles instead of dried . It was a very delicious noodle soup and on top of that quick and easy to make. Next time I would add tofu and spring onions plus sweet corn . You can make with any veg

kirstyblaz's picture

I was making this for one and used about 3 tsps of Very Lazy Ginger. It was delicious and definitely needs a whole garlic clove. Also added in fresh sliced chilli after returning the chicken back to the pan and a splash of rice wine vinegar.


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