Thai-Inspired Chicken & Rice Noodle Soup

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Cozy, comforting, and fragrant, this flavor-packed Thai chicken noodle soup will warm you right up.

Thai chicken rice noodle soup

This spicy, fragrant, slurpy noodle soup, inspired by some of my favorite Thai restaurant dishes, is like sunshine on a dreary day. What’s more, it’s made with rotisserie chicken and Thai pantry staples (available in most supermarkets)—such as green curry paste, fish sauce, coconut milk, and fresh ginger—so it’s almost instant gratification. Whether I’m feeling worn down or just in need of a little comfort, there is nothing like a bowl of chicken noodle soup, and this is
one of my favorite renditions. Be sure to keep the rice noodles separate from the soup until ready to serve. If you put them in the broth before serving, they will continue to cook and become too soft.

What you’ll need To Make Chicken & Rice Noodle Soup

ingredients for thai chicken soup

You’ll notice that the recipe calls for Thai green curry paste, an excellent substitute for hard-to-find Asian ingredients, like lemongrass and galangal. You can find it, along with the other Asian pantry staples, in the Asian section of most large supermarkets.

Step-by-step Instructions

sauteing shallots and ginger for thai chicken soup

Begin by heating the oil in a medium soup pot. Add the shallots and ginger and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Next, add the green curry paste and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute more.

adding green curry paste for thai chicken soup

Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, fish sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, and turmeric; bring to a gentle simmer. Continue simmering for 5 minutes.

simmering broth for thai chicken soup

Meanwhile, cook the rice noodles by dropping them in boiling water.

cooking rice noodles for thai chicken soup

Let sit for a few minutes to soften.

cooking rice noodles for thai chicken soup

Then drain.

draining rice noodles for thai chicken soup

When ready to serve, divide the noodles and chicken into serving bowls.

assembling bowl of thai chicken soup

Ladle the broth over top and sprinkle with cilantro and scallions. Serve with Sriracha sauce and lime wedges.

thai chicken soup in serving bowl

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Thai-Inspired Chicken & Rice Noodle Soup

Cozy, comforting, and fragrant, this flavor-packed Thai chicken noodle soup will warm you right up.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots, from 1-2 large shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger, from a 1-inch knob
  • 2 tablespoons Thai green curry paste
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 packed teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

For Serving

  • 4 oz thin rice noodles
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, from a rotisserie chicken
  • Handful chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 scallions, light and dark green parts, thinly sliced
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a medium soup pot over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and ginger and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the curry paste and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute more. Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, fish sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, and turmeric; bring to a gentle simmer. Continue simmering, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the rice noodles according to the package instructions.
  3. When ready to serve, taste the soup and adjust the seasoning, if necessary. Gently reheat the noodles in the microwave, if necessary. Divide the noodles and chicken into serving bowls. Ladle the broth over top and sprinkle with cilantro and scallions. Serve with Sriracha sauce and lime wedges.
  4. Note: As the soup sits on the stove, some of the fat may rise to the surface; skim it, if necessary.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 530
  • Fat: 31 g
  • Saturated fat: 20 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 28 g
  • Sodium: 942 mg
  • Cholesterol: 53 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • This is a fab soup with a fragrant broth. I’ll be making it again.
    I had to substitute a red curry paste (only one tablespoon). I also added galanga root and lime leaves I had on hand (removed them before serving).
    I substituted Queen Siam Thai basil from my garden for the cilantro. Love Thai Basil if you can find it.
    WOW! If you love Thai food, be sure to try this recipe. It’s a winner.

    • — Phyllis on June 18, 2021
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  • I only have light brown sugar. Will it be okay to use that instead?

    • — Stephanie on May 15, 2021
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    • Sure – hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 16, 2021
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  • So good!!! I added some veggies as others suggested… one of my husband’s favorite dinners.

    • — Nidhi on May 6, 2021
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  • Your recipes are the best. I am 85 years old, went all through the Julia Child era, the Silver Palate era, and you are now my very favorite.

    This soup is soooo good. I have one daughter who does not eat meat or chicken but does eat fish and seafood. Would this recipe work with shrimp?

    • — Nancy Nance on April 27, 2021
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    • Hi Nancy, I’m incredibly flattered that I’m your favorite considering you’ve cooked from the likes of Julia Child! 💗
      Yes, I think the soup would work nicely with shrimp. Hope your daughter enjoys!

      • — Jenn on April 27, 2021
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  • I make this soup every other week – it is truly that good! I had been using another recipe in the past that was much more involved and nowhere near as flavorful. The only change I make is to use oyster sauce instead of brown sugar and a different curry paste. My husband and I love spice so I use Patak’s Hot Curry Paste and slice a Thai chili pepper or two into each bowl. I’ve since made many other outstanding recipes from this site. Baked Ziti, Breakfast Burritos, Chicken and Quinoa Burrito Bowls, and Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa are some of the others I would highly recommend.

    • — Jennifer on March 27, 2021
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