Thai Chicken Soup with Rice Noodles

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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

Made with a rotisserie chicken and pantry staples, this Thai-style chicken soup with rice noodles is almost instant gratification. I promise it will leave you feeling cozy, happy, and all warmed up.

What you’ll need To Make Thai Chicken 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.

How To Make Thai Chicken Soup

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 Chicken Soup with Rice Noodles

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

  • First Thai soup I have ever made and did so exactly as written. It was loaded with flavour I didn’t even need to add the Sriracha sauce. I like a little heat. My husband did and loved it. I Will be making this for friends for sure
    It was so easy and quick. Planned ahead as a few ingredients were. not staples in my pantry. Now they will be. 🙂
    Thanks Jenn.

    • — Deborah. Ottawa 🇨🇦 on January 21, 2021
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  • Can leftovers be frozen without the garnishes?

    • — Tracy on January 16, 2021
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    • Yes, the soup on its own can be frozen.

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2021
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  • Great soup. Doubled the batch. I didn’t have dark brown sugar, so I used about a teaspoon more light brown sugar than the recipe called for, just to taste. The lime wedges and fresh cilantro garnishes were a must, as far as I am concerned. I wouldn’t even make this soup if I didn’t have both. I am discerning about the spiciness of my food — I don’t like it so hot I can’t taste anything. I seasoned individual bowls with a few drops of sriracha sauce, but I found the soup really popped when I added a half teaspoon or more of chili garlic sauce (made by the same manufacturer as the sriracha). Chili garlic sauce brought red flecks to the soup, which made it prettier. It also just gave it a bit more depth and overall heat, making it a true hot and sour soup that could sweat out a cold, depending on how much you use — start small and keep stirring to taste.

    • — Socal mom on January 5, 2021
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  • I made this soup but instead of green curry paste I used the yellow curry paste ( I couldn’t find the green curry paste ) and I cooked the chicken with the soup, absolutely delicious!! Once upon a chef has some of the best recipes . So far everything I’ve tried turned out delicious. Love it

    • — Veronica on January 3, 2021
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  • This was such a tasty and easy recipe to follow. I was really just looking for a way to use up a rather tasteless rotisserie chicken I picked up and this did not disappoint.

    I substituted coconut aminos for the brown sugar, in the same quantity and it was perfect. I also did not have fresh ginger on hand and used ground, and it was still quite delicious. The acidity was really the winner for us! I plan on adapting this further and substituting noodles with riced cauliflower for a bit more veg. Thanks for a new recipe to add to the rotation!

    • — Lalita on January 1, 2021
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  • May I use fresh grated tumeric?

    • — Melissa on December 19, 2020
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    • Sure – enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 20, 2020
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  • Made this for dinner tonight along side a Asian salad. Perfect for a cold, windy evening. We like our Thai food spicy so I added four Thai chilis and tad more lemon juice. Also added some mushrooms. Yum!

    • — Naz on December 16, 2020
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  • I made this soup and served it to my husband and son tonight. We all loved it.

    The only change I made was that I used red onion instead of shallots – only because I had red onion in my pantry, but no shallots.

    • — Nancy Murphy on December 10, 2020
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  • Made his and it was fantastic. Family loved it!

    • — Rick on December 10, 2020
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  • I made this last night. I followed your recipe exactly. It was delicious. I will definitely make this again. Thank you for such wonderful recipes.

    • — Darlene on December 9, 2020
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