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Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup

Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

My main beef (ha) with chicken noodle soup is the “stuff” to broth ratio. So when a soup has like 2 1/2 noodles in the whole bowl and a measly bite or two of chicken, well, I’m disappointed, to say the least. If I wanted to drink flavored hot water I’d have some tea instead.

But this soup is swimming with the good stuff. Or, should I say “wading” since the broth isn’t really that deep at all.

I will warn you though: this soup is not as innocent as it might look.

Hot Pepper Gradient

Danger Will Robinson: these tiny peppers pack a punch. Would you believe there are only two of these wee firey pods in an entire batch of this soup (all 4 servings of it)? And you will most definitely know they are there; you’ll feel it from your tongue to your ear drums. Let’s be honest: chicken soup is already a surefire cure for colds. Add to that the fact that spicy foods do wonders to clear out the sinuses… that pretty much makes this soup the be all, end all of cold remedies.

But that’s not to say you can’t enjoy it when you don’t have a cold, too (we sure did!)

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Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

When it comes to peppers, as a general rule, the smaller and the redder the pepper, the higher the heat level, and that’s true for these tiny Thai chilies as well as milder ones like jalapeños. If you can only find green ones (mid-January is not exactly peak pepper season, afterall) simply pop your peppers in a brown paper bag for a week or so and they should take on a fiery blush. Keep them in the fridge and they’ll get hotter the longer they sit, even if the color stays deceivingly green.

Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

The other “secret” ingredients in this soup might seem unexpected, but trust me, they make all the difference. A bit of ginger, a splash of soy sauce, and this chicken soup is unlike any you’ve ever tasted with a rich depth of flavor and a perfect saltiness with absolutely no additional salt. Soy sauce. Seriously. Don’t ask what prompted me to put soy sauce in my chicken soup, but be glad I did.

Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

We used No Yolks® Extra Broad Noodles noodles for this soup, which cook up firmly and hold their shape nicely amongst the chunky accoutrements. The right noodles can make or break a chicken noodle soup (it is called chicken NOODLE soup for a reason). The No Yolks® noodles are right on the money, exactly what you’d expect in a classic chicken noodle soup (or, you know, not so classic. Either way.)

Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup

This Asian twist on classic comfort food recipe packs a spicy punch! A perfect soup recipe for cold winter days.

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup chopped)
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced and halved into semi-circles (about 1/2 cup sliced)
  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced (about 5 teaspoons minced)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root
  • 2 fresh thai chilies*, thinly sliced (discard most of the seeds for slightly less spice)
  • 4 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 6 ounces (1/2 a bag) No Yolks® Extra Broad noodles
  • 2-3 tablespoons dark soy sauce, or to taste
  • chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and carrot and sautee until slightly softened, 3 to 4 minutes, then add mushrooms and cook until soft and shrunken in size, about 3 minutes more. Add garlic, ginger, and chilies and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add chicken broth and water and bring to a simmer. Add chicken breasts to liquid and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (thickest part should read 165 degrees F on an instant read thermometer). Remove chicken from pot and transfer to a plate to cool slightly before shredding with a fork.
  3. Add noodles to simmering broth mixture and cook for 7 to 8 minutes or until just al-dente. Add shredded chicken back to pot and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until heated through. Stir in soy sauce to taste.
  4. Divide among serving bowls and top with chopped cilantro.

* Thai chilies are HOT, so handle with care (we recommend using gloves when slicing them). Two chilies make this soup extra spicy. For slightly less spice, discard the seeds, or use a single chili instead.

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  1. I made this for a dinner party and served it in the SIP ‘N STYLE BOWLS I got on Amazon and it was great! 
    The table setting was amazing and the taste was perfection.

  2. Yum! love spicy..cant wait to try ;)

  3. This sounds lovely and really tasty. Thank you for sharing this.


  4. This was so delicious. Perfect warm-up for a Nashville “ice storm” evening! #winterstormoctavia

  5. This was so easy to make, used one Serrano Chile, nice spice!

  6. I made this a few nights ago and it is DELICIOUS.  I love chicken noodle soup but the ginger gives it such a sharp and yummy twist-perfect for a cold, too, as the ginger and chiles add a touch of spice.  I froze a few portions as well so that I can keep enjoying it for the next few weeks…SO delicious!!

  7. Defnitely agree about the broth to stuff ratio. And love the spicy kick here! Although I would probably only use one pepper because I am not sure I could handle more than that of these babies.

  8. I love this twist on chicken soup! We’ve been suffering through a lot of colds this winter and I’ve been making a ton of chicken soup and am getting so sick of it! I’m going to try this more exciting version next time!!

  9. I love any soup with mushrooms and noodles! <3

  10. I made this yesterday night for dinner! IT WAS delicious. I used the flat egg noodles and also added some bell pepper. We didn’t have thai green chillies but I added spicy Asian sauce and it was just as good. Next time I try this out I may add peanuts for a crunchy taste. Thank you!!

  11. Thanks for sharing this dish. I love how you arranged the chilis in the picture. I remember the first time I handled chilis. I spent the better half of 20 minutes washing my face and eyes out with water. Not fun.

  12. I have a sinus thingy left over from my flu thingy that will. not. quit.  I’m going to flush it out (ha!) with this spicy soup!  Pinning!

  13. I’m trying to imagine all of the flavors together and sounds delicious. I am dying to try it!

  14. Thanks so much for sharing! I made this for dinner last night and it was amazing :) There was even enough left over for today’s lunch! The thai chilies made for a nice, spicy twist on a classic soup. Will definitely be making this again!

  15. This looks super delish!  I made something like this last week and the ginger was sooo good in it.  And the soy sauce is key — my (very German) family always adds soy sauce to chicken soup, or even just plain egg noodles.

  16. This looks so yummy…and toasty for all of this cold weather we have been having :) Thanks!

  17. Love soup with a punch!  Have to try this :)

  18. Looks delicious! Love the kick from the chilies. And I always use No Yolk noodles in my soup. They are the best!

  19. Loving ALL these flavors!! Mmmmm!!!

  20. Just in time for cold cold weather!

  21. I hate when I only get a few scraps of chicken too. My husband and I tend to push the limits of what we can fit into a soup. Whenever a recipe calls for chicken, we double it. At least :)

  22. Love that chili picture! I want it on my wall! Can not wait to try your chicken noodle soup even if the weather is boiling in Australia. :)

  23. Beautiful! And I just LOVE that chili picture! Thai chilies can definitely be dangerous, but they are some of my favorites for cooking! 

  24. I love the spicy twist! Ginger and thai chilis…yum!

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