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

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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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Comments

  • This soup is the BEST!! It tastes like the noodles and company thai curry soup that I love so much!!

    • — JESSICA BERRIOS on January 19, 2022
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  • I wanted to make a double recipe, but my partner didn’t want to use too much coconut milk. I ended up using only the 1 can of coconut milk (as opposed the 2 cans that would be necessary for a double recipe). Despite the deviation, we both thought it tasted great!

    • — Denim on January 15, 2022
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  • Absolutely amazing…like a pho soup. My husband is my taste tester as I lost my taste after being sick and he said it was one of the best soups I’ve ever made and I cook something different every day from scratch so this is definitely a winner. It’s very filling also, probably from the coconut milk addition. This with a dinner roll was plenty. Highly recommend. Thank you, Jenn, you’re the best!

    • — D Mauer on January 10, 2022
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  • This was the first OUAC recipe I tried (several years ago) and I loved it so much that I now look for Jen’s recipes for everything I make! Her cookbooks and recipes are wonderful!!! This recipe is loved by everyone I’ve ever made it for, and is the ultimate comfort food when the weather is cold! Try it with a bit of sriracha for a bit of heat!

    • — Jean on January 10, 2022
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  • Excellent! Perfect soup to detox from the holidays (even if I’m enjoying it with a glass of Chardonnay on the side). :0). I only had regular chicken stock. It’s not too salty, but I will definitely go the low sodium route the next time.

    • — Nicole on January 7, 2022
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  • We are a family of 5 (3kids ages 6,8 and 13). The soup was inhaled in one sitting. It tasted healthy yet the flavors were exciting ! Winner when everyone loves a dish . 5/5

    • — Jenipeni on January 6, 2022
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  • I accidentally bought sweetened coconut milk. Will that work ?

    • — Cindy Cefalu on January 6, 2022
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    • Unfortunately not — sorry!

      • — Jenn on January 8, 2022
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    • Jen, I did not buy dark brown sugar. Will light brown sugar work?

      • — Nanette on January 8, 2022
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      • Yep 🙂

        • — Jenn on January 8, 2022
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  • Can you make this without coconut milk? I’m out and due to the bad weather, I’d prefer not to make a trip to the store.

    • — Mary on January 6, 2022
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    • Hi Mary, You could try omitting the coconut milk, but I’d suggest starting off with a half as much curry paste, fish sauce, and lime juice – then add more to taste. I’m just worried that those flavors might be a little too strong without the richness of the coconut milk to balance them out. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 6, 2022
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  • Can you freeze the broth?

    • — Theanna Orr on January 6, 2022
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    • Sure, I think the broth would freeze nicely.

      • — Jenn on January 6, 2022
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  • Tried this tonight and it was absolutely delicious!!! I didn’t have scallions so used sliced onions and added mushrooms as others had suggested. I think next time I may add some red bell peppers too. I made a separate batch for my son who doesn’t eat meat and used vegetable stock, mushrooms and tofu instead. He loved it!!! This one is a keeper!!!

    • — Nancy A on January 4, 2022
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  • Made 1/1/22. Yum!! Super fresh and tasty, just the right amount of spice! Used green curry and prepared chicken from Heinens. Heaping tablespoon of ginger. Added a little sriracha too. Couldn’t find thin thai rice noodles, so used pad thai rice noodles. John had three helpings. Definitely make again. Think about what else to serve with it for more of a complete dinner.

    • — L Kelly on January 1, 2022
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    • So glad you liked it! This would pair nicely with Crispy Coconut Shrimp and/or Peach Mango Smoothies. And I have a feature on the website– for all main dishes, I suggest one or two sides that I think would pair nicely with them. To see what I’ve suggested, scroll down to the bottom of the recipe. Immediately under the recipe, you’ll see the dishes that I’ve suggested. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 2, 2022
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    • Fantastic!

      • — Judy Brink on January 13, 2022
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  • Made this soup today cuz I had left overs in the fridge the family wasn’t eating anymore (small portion of thai chicken green bean dish, plain grilled dry chicken breast and some plain rice). I used red curry in place of green, omitted noodles and added mushrooms plus all the leftovers mentioned. Family says better than Tom Kha Gai soup from our favorite Thai restaurant. Thank you for this delicious easy recipe. FIVE STARS

    • — Andrew on January 1, 2022
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  • Just a question, can I make this as a meal prep for 4 days of lunches? I could separate the noodles and soup and add at work? Any other advice?
    Thanks!

    • — Amanda Rose on December 12, 2021
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    • Sure, as long as you keep the noodles separate, that will work. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 13, 2021
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  • Loved making this soup for my hubby who had a cold – we both slurped it right up! Delicious flavors and super easy. Definitely needs the kick of siracha or an Asian chili paste (which is all we had on hand). Will be a regular staple in our house this winter – thanks!

    • — Deborah Arca on November 1, 2021
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  • So easy, and absolutely delicious! This recipe is in our regular rotation now. My grocery store was out of fresh ginger so I used the ginger that comes in a tube and it was perfect in a pinch!

    • — Shauna on October 24, 2021
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  • Made this for my husband for lunch and scored major brownie points. He said it tasted like take out from our favorite Thai restaurant. Super easy to prepare as well using rotisserie chicken!

    • — Inna on October 21, 2021
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  • Utterly delicious and super simple to make…. My husband and were fighting for the last drop.

    • — Beth on October 10, 2021
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  • Delicious and easy! I added mushrooms, sautéing them with the shallots. Will make this many times. Would be good with Thai spring rolls or satay.

    • — Meg on October 7, 2021
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  • Delicious! Will make this soup again for friends and family.

    • — Connie on October 4, 2021
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  • 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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    • Nancy,
      Not sure if your daughter eats tofu, but I’ve also made it with tofu, and it was delicious!

      • — Melissa Bilsky on November 7, 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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