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Thai Chicken & Rice Noodle Soup

5 stars based on 114 votes

Thai chicken rice noodle soup

Happy New Year, everyone! Is it just me, or is anyone else finding it hard to get back into the cooking groove after the holidays? After ten days in the Florida sunshine – and ten straight nights of dinners out – the idea of bundling up in my puffy coat to go grocery shopping is a little dispiriting. But the idea of comfort food is reason to cheer up, so this month I have lots of “bowl food” planned for you. First: a fragrant, warming chicken and rice noodle soup. Made with a rotisserie chicken and pantry staples, it’s almost instant gratification. I hope it leaves you feeling cozy, happy, and all warmed up.

ingredients

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.

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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. Add the green curry paste and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute more.

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

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

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Let sit for a few minutes to soften.

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Then drain.

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

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

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Thai Chicken & Rice Noodle Soup

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
  • 2 tablespoons Thai green curry paste
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (13.5 fl oz) coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 packed teaspoons light or 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, 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 green 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. 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. Feel free to skim it, if necessary. Otherwise, you can stir it back in.

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

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    The first time I made this recipe I followed it exactly and it was absolutely delicious. The second time, I omitted the chicken and substituted zoodles for noodles to have a lighter version. That was good too. Either way this recipe is now on a long, long list of recipes from Once upon a chef that I will continue to make regularly!

    - Janet on September 18, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup is delicious and comforting on a cold night. Thank you!

    - Katie on September 18, 2017 Reply
  • Hi, When do you cook the chicken and add it to the soup? Am i missing it? LOL

    - Ashley on September 18, 2017 Reply
    • Actually, the recipe calls for a store-bought rotisserie chicken, so no cooking needed! And you add the chicken right before serving the soup. Hope that clarifies!

      - Jenn on September 18, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My teenage son loved this soup – it’s delicicious!

    - Elizabeth on September 17, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you for this recipe! The flavors are amazing and while preparing it, my house smelled sooo good! My husband and I both agree this soup recipe is a keeper! Try it!

    - MyDish on September 15, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is an awesome recipe. I used half the fish sauce to taste. My 26 year old son was home visiting and drank the broth from the bowl. He had high praise for the entire meal.

    - Kathy Wright on September 15, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Perfection! Made the soup exactly as written and would not change a thing.

    - Pam on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is so delicious! I have made it several times now. It’s a winner in our house with everyone except my oldest. My 8 yr old daughter requests it several times already. I did cut down on the green curry after the first time because I found it really spicy. Though you can add more chicken broth to cut down on the level of spiciness. Instead of the rotisserie chicken, I sliced chicken breasts, season and saute and put aside to be used. Next time I make it, I will try the lemon grass and see the difference in flavour. Well done!

    - Tricha Fraser on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love, love this recipe! The medley of flavors are amazing and everyone in my family loves this. Bonus: it’s gluten free.

    - Joye on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Such a wonderful soup! I make it vegetarian by subbing vegetable broth and seitan/tofu/edamame in place of the chicken. Red, yellow or mussamun curry paste is also a delicious option. (A note about curries: many people assume that green will be milder than red because “green means go and red means stop” – but that is NOT a useful rule for curry! Red or yellow is often milder than green, but it depends on the specific recipe.)

    - Kelly on September 12, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Great recipe, very easy and flavorful. My husband declared it a winner and that is high praise. I did add lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves as we love them and add to everything Thai. I also added red bell pepper, mushrooms and fresh basil for some added veg. Delish!

    - E Corry on August 9, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Loved this soup! I would definitely recommend this recipe.

    - Jamie on August 4, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Such delicious soup, very much like one we enjoy at local Thai restaurant. I did halve fish sauce and green curry due to high sodium content, but flavor was still so complex and wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

    - Betty on August 2, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I really enjoyed this, though I thought the fish sauce was a tad overpowering. Maybe it was just the type I used.

    - Georgia on July 8, 2017 Reply
    • 3 stars

      I agree. Don’t know if it was the brand of fish sauce I used or the 2 tablespoons of it, but I thought it did not make for a great balance of flavors–overpowered the delicious curry and coconut. Still good soup though. Also, I think I will eat the leftovers on rice rather than the rice noodles since they don’t seem to add a lot to the soup. They are fairly flavorless and pretty messy to eat. Rice seems yummier.

      - Julene on September 13, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    ……another ” company worthy” recipe! I have come to expect nothing less,and count on Jenn’s recipies to hit the mark every time….this soup was even better the next day! Recommended without reservation! Can’t wait for the cookbook next spring!

    - Gayann on June 9, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup is wonderful, and has become one of our family’s favorites! It’s easy too, and gluten free, which is a big plus since we have a Celiac in the house.

    - Patricia on May 31, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Really good, dry similar to one I make but I’ve never had proportions, I just throw in handfuls of this, bits of that, taste and adjust. Now I have an actual recipe I can share with family and friends! Thanks!!

    - Gary Coté on May 13, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Super easy to make. The pay off is awesome. So flavorful. Thank you!

    - Caroline on May 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Fantastic! But then again all of your recipes are! You are always my go-to!

    - Lauren on May 7, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is fantastic, only thing is it can use more veggies. I added matchstick carrots to the broth as it was cooking for a more colorful presentation, and a few boiled French beans or pea pods to amp the nutritional value.

    - Kristin on May 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the second time I’ve made this soup, but I think it was even more delicious this time around. Tonight I used full-fat coconut milk (rather than lite) and it imparted more flavor to the soup. As I was multitasking in the kitchen, I mistakenly added twice the brown sugar, which I offset with a touch more lime juice. The resulting soup was super flavorful and a huge hit. Moral of the story: you can’t really mess up this recipe!

    - Danni on April 28, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup is so easy and very flavorful. It is my new, go-to chicken noodle soup. If I feel a cold coming on, making this soup is first on my healing list. The spicy sriacha paired with the lime and hot broth really open the sinuses and warms the inside. The lime and chopped cilantro are critical– more than just a garnish. In a pinch I have used vidalia onion opposed to shallots, but it’s best as written.

    - Tiffany Nolan on April 28, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I followed this to a T except I used lemongrass instead of green curry paste. I loved that it called for turmeric, as I’m trying to cook with this spice more. It was a big hit!

    - Esther Wishnow on April 27, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Very Yummy soup! Used Red Curry Paste, poached and shredded chick breasts and omitted the fish sauce but it was still great. My family loved it!

    - pam on April 26, 2017 Reply
  • If I wanted to use fresh lemongrass, turmeric and galangal how would I adjust the recipe.

    - Cheryl Thomas on April 24, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Cheryl, I would suggest looking online for a recipe for Thai green curry paste to make sure you get all the ratios correct.

      - Jenn on April 26, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this last night and it was fabulous! I plan to keep this recipe in the front of the folder as it will go into the regular rotation.

    - Cathryn on April 16, 2017 Reply
  • Help! I don’t have rotisserie chicken. I have boneless chicken breasts in the frig. How should I cook/season the chicken so I can use it for the soup? I have all the other ingredients. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    - Terry on March 30, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Terry, I’d probably just poach them. Here’s a recipe if you need one. Hope you enjoy the soup :).

      - Jenn on March 30, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this for my sister who is pregnant and had a bad cold! In the absence of actual medicine, I wanted to give her something soothing and REALLY flavorful! This definitely fit the bill, and the flavor, despite a TOTALLY non-complex cooking process, was out of this world! Thank you SO much!

    - Sheryl on March 28, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve made this recipe twice and shared it with several friends. The dish was so simple to make and really delicious. I had everybody thinking I was some really good cook.

    - Victoria on March 28, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is so fabulous!! I have stopped getting most recipe emails…I just wait for yours. You wow us every time! But this tops them all.

    - Cindi Neumann on March 26, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Oh my goodness, I did love this soup! Followed recipe exactly except that when I realized I had I dropped 3 little cubes of frozen minced garlic into the pot instead of 3 cubes of frozen minced ginger (btw, very hand when one’s fresh ginger has long passed), I thought for sure I’d ruined my dinner. I decided to take a chance, dropped in the required 3 cubes of ginger, and hoped for the best. It was simply delicious! A very forgiving recipe! I also used 3 instead of 4 cups of chicken broth based on reviews of others and there was a lot of soup for ladling into the bowls. I didn’t have cilantro, but will use it the next time, and there will definitely be many next time.

    - Geni R on March 25, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    We made this last night and it was fantastic! I did add slightly less broth as one reviewer recommended. Next time I’ll be doubling the recipe so we have more leftovers. I might consider adding mushrooms to the recipe as well.

    - Martha O. on March 24, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you for this easy and fabulous recipe! It takes no time to make and my family loves it. I bring the leftovers to work and everyone says, “Oh! That smells delicious!” My store does not have the green curry paste, so I ordered a 6 pack on Amazon. Now I have to go review your delicious beef stew – another home run. ❤️

    - Babs on March 23, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is such a yummy, flavorful soup. The first time I made it, I was using some leftover broth that I had made, and ended up with a little less than the recipe called for (I think it was just over 3 cups instead of the 4 cups in the recipe). I left everything else the same and just went with it, and my husband loved it. The second time I made it, I made it just as the recipe said and he didn’t like it as much – not quite as flavorful. I’ll definitely keep making this recipe, but probably use about 3-3.5 cups of broth for it.

    - Erikka on March 16, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious! Even my son loved it and he is a picky eater. He said it was the best thing I ever made! I am a huge fan of your website Jenn and tell everyone I know to check out your site for easy and always delicious recipes. You make me feel like I am a real chef too! ThankYOU!

    - Cathy MacDonald on March 16, 2017 Reply
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      - Jenn on March 16, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Loved this soup. Such a great, flavorful recipe that comes together quickly and easily on a weeknight. I found all the Thai ingredients at Whole Foods. My husband and I polished the whole recipe off (2 bowls each). We will make this again and again.

    - Aimee on March 16, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Outstanding recipe. I had some leftover rice noodles and roasted chicken and this made a delicious and easy meal. I added a can of drained straw mushrooms to the soup base that I had purchased for a Thai soup recipe I never made. It worked out great especially since I didn’t quite have 2 cups of chicken leftover.

    - Danita on March 12, 2017 Reply
  • Do u think this would still be good without the turmeric or is there a decent substitute for it? I can’t get it where I live…?

    - Grace on March 9, 2017 Reply
    • Yes, Grace, I think this would still be tasty with no turmeric. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on March 10, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I loved this!! And so did my whole family. I was so surprised that I could cook this at home. Plus all the ingredients were under $30 and can make enough to serve 8-10 people if you double the instructions.

    - Danielle Del Real on March 8, 2017 Reply
  • Delicious! Made it tonight with green curry paste and will try with red next time for an additional kick. I skipped the noodles this time and had rice on the side, in addition to steamed cut asparagus and red pepper with coconut oil spray and pepper. I’ve made something somewhat similar for years, but the ginger and the sriracha kicked it up for a soup that my growing son and husband both loved.

    - Leslie on March 8, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My 2 year old ate this! We loved the flavor. I only had buckwheat soba noodles, but they worked out fine.

    - Anna on March 6, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Easy and delicious. We like a little extra spice so I add a diced jalapeno and also some strips of red bell pepper. This is also the BEST way to use up leftover turkey.

    - Stacy on March 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Loved this soup so much! I substituted wider pad thai noodles as that was what was in my pantry, and it turned out fine. Also, I used regular chicken broth instead of low sodium, and it was delish, not too salty. My family was dealing with a significant upper respiratory infection when I made this, and this soup really helped everyone feel better. Also, it tasted even better the next day.

    - BethA on March 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious! The broth was excellent – I’ve never used shallots in a Thai curry before and they added great flavor and texture to the soup. Using rotisserie chicken made this a fast week night meal that everyone enjoyed.

    - Shanie Armbruster on March 2, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was very tasty as are all the recipes on Jenn’s site. Very rich with the coconut milk. I will definitely make this again.

    - Carrie on March 2, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup was delightfully easy and made plenty for leftovers, which heated up well. But be sure not to overcook the noodles, especially if you want to reheat leftovers.

    Also, I have learned over time that lime squeezed in during cooking all but disappears, so I recommend adding the lime to the finished soup just before serving.

    All in all, an easy and delicious recipe.

    - Devon on March 2, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was a rich delicious soup, but not heavy. Husband made it for me post surgery. So comforting and yummy. Thanks so much.

    - Stephanie J. Schiltz on March 2, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi I just cooked this last night! What a great meal with some really easy steps. Thanks for this, l will be adding it to my collection. Love the Thai foods!

    - Kathy on March 2, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Another great recipe from OUAC! I have wanted to try this from the first time I saw it on the website, finally had everything I needed. Boy, am I glad I made it! The flavors all come together in a wonderful way. Only thing I did different was to add a little extra lime juice. Keep those recipes coming! Can’t wait for the cookbook!

    - Belinda Hunter on March 2, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was very good! We added some diced jalapeños and extra sriracha because we like it very spicy. Yum!!

    - Becky on February 28, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Loved the soup!

    - Lou on February 28, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Absolutely AWESOME!!

    I tested this recipe as written on dinner guests. Everyone had second servings! Can’t wait to make it again.

    Thank you for the always awesome recipes. Every recipe of yours that I have made has truly been outstanding.

    - EHR on February 28, 2017 Reply
  • Hi,

    Can this be made ahead and kept warm in a crock pot?

    - Lynda on February 25, 2017 Reply
    • Yes, but I wouldn’t add the noodles to the crock pot; they’ll soak up a lot of the broth.

      - Jenn on February 25, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have made this about 4 times now in less than 3 weeks!! I hope you don’t mind but I had to make changes here and there due to what I had in my kitchen.

    1st time – 2 cans of chunk chicken instead of rotisserie. I loved it.
    2nd time – I had eaten the whole bag of rice noodles the first time so I made a pot of rice and poured the soup on top. Loved it.
    3rd time – crockpot chicken with broccoli. I also cut chunks of avocado and added that with the cilantro/shallots
    4th time – 1 can chicken and 1 package firm tofu. I chopped brussel sprouts and used celery instead of shallots. Rice again, avocado chunks, and since I had no cilantro, I got brave and sprinkled some finely chopped fresh mint leaves on top.

    I would strongly suggest that people make a double batch because the original recipe is THAT good!! The next day all you have to do is reheat the soup and the noodles take less than 5 minutes to make and you have a fantastic instant meal.

    - tom harrison on February 25, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was so yummy! My husband had seconds and was eyeing for thirds. It was pretty easy to put together since I had roasted a full bone-in chicken breasts the night before. I used pad thai rice noodles since I had those on hand. PERFECT weekday meal on a cold day!

    - Oak on February 21, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is absolutely amazing. My mother makes a red curry soup dish that’s very similar to your recipe but my mother’s recipe takes a lot longer to make. I love easy, quick dinners that are full of flavors. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. It was a hit with friends this past Sunday. 🙂

    - Catherine Latsombath on February 20, 2017 Reply
  • Hi Jen,
    Made this recipe for saturday easy dinner. Loved it, shared it with some collegues from work and they are enthusiasts too. Your recipes are getting more and more international 🙂

    Thank you so much for this and a lot of other recipes too. Kudos from the Netherlands.

    - Herbert van de Water on February 20, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup is amazing. My husband loved it. I omitted the fish sauce to cut down a little on the sodium and the taste was still great. Using rotisserie chicken makes this a filling but quick recipe. Thank you!

    - Vanessa on February 19, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    What an easy weeknight recipe that will be used again! I did substitute the same amount of shrimp (raw, peeled, and deveined) for the chicken and added three cups of chopped kale for the last three minutes of simmering and it was perfect. It was spicy enough that we did not need the sriracha. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!
    With the leftover green curry paste, I added some mayonnaise, sour cream, and lime juice to use as a dressing on tomorrow night’s dinner.

    - IslandChef on February 16, 2017 Reply
  • This is probably my favorite soup ever! The taste is fresh, comforting and simply delicious a complete meal in a bowl. This will be my new winter staple for a fast soup on a cold day. Thank you!

    - Jaye on February 15, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The broth for this is awesome! I made it Jenn’s way and added a bunch of veggies (bell pepper, broccoli, edamame, onion) because I didn’t have chicken.

    - Lauren on February 15, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My familyLOVED this soup! Super easy and quick to make. Great flavor. It could be easily modified to a vegetarian version, which would be good also. Can’t wait to make it again.

    - Beth on February 15, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    We LOVED this soup and it is so quick & easy! I followed the recipe exactly and added more lime juice at the end. We like spicy so we used quite a bit of Sriracha sauce. Have made it twice and will make it many more times!

    - Maryalice on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love this soup! Easy and delicious. Ingredients were easily found.

    - Rachel on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • Hi Jenn:
    I can’t wait to try this soup, but I haven’t been able to find shallots in my country.
    What do you recommend as a good substitute?

    - Anna on February 14, 2017 Reply
    • You could use sweet yellow onion in place of the shallots. Enjoy the soup!

      - Jenn on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    We had this for dinner last night and my husband said it was better then the one he’s enjoyed for years at our favorite Thai restaurant. Adding the rice noodles to the bowl and not into the broth directly is such a smart idea so the broth is not quickly absorbed. I love recipes like this that are a one bowl meal. Hope to see more

    - Debbie C on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The ingredients in this soup blend beautifully to give authentic Thai flavors, color and of course a nice heat. I used my own chicken stock which adds a little more depth as well. I will make this soup often, thank you for sharing it with us!

    - Lorna S on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    This was a delicious soup. I’m generally don’t like to use a full amount of hot sauce, but with this recipe, it’s exactly what it needs. I think it’s essential in the overall flavor of the soup.

    - Becky Holley on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup was superb! Will definitely make again!!!!

    - Lynne Marsh on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I tried this recipe over our snowy weekend. I enjoyed it but I think I would try it without the lime next time. My husband liked it so much he went back for seconds which is always a good indicator of deliciousness.

    - Jan Weston on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hello Jenn!

    Would like to try this soup because we are all congested this winter. However, I have little kiddos who can’t handle heat. Can I omit or sub the green curry paste?

    - Elaine on February 13, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Elaine, This soup gets most of its flavor from the green curry paste so I wouldn’t omit it – maybe use half?

      - Jenn on February 13, 2017 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. Will try with half and see what they think. Otherwise, the soup is all mine!!

        - Elaine on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My husband and I have made this twice (in 2 weeks) and it is SO delicious! Not to mention super easy. We used rotisserie chicken the first time and baked our own the next – both methods tasted great. Also, the second time around we used lite coconut milk – it worked well but you could tell it was missing a little something. 🙂 Will make again for sure!

    - Kelly B on February 13, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Absolutely loved the Thai chicken noodle soup.I will be tripling the recipe to take to a work luncheon where I know everyone will love it.I cooked my own seasoned chicken vs deli chicken.I have also made a # of the recipes and been thrilled with them all.Thank you so much for this wonderful website!
    Jay

    - Jay Cahill on February 12, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Perfect in every way! My husband and I both loved it! So easy, and so satisfying. A bit exotic, yet, simple to assemble.

    - Terry on February 12, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this today and it was absolutely delicious and so easy to make

    - Maud Gonne on February 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this for dinner tonight as my husband has a terrible cold and thought this would really help him feel better! I baked some chicken breasts for this and made my rice noodles in a bowl by pouring boiling water over them. I used no sodium chicken broth and regular coconut milk. Oh my!!!! This soup was easy, and delicious. Layers of good flavors and just a beautiful presentation in a bowl! This will be a repeater for sure. Will make sure I always have the ingredients on hand! Besides being easy and tasting awesome, my husband said he thinks it definitely made him feel better! Great winter cure all!

    - Karen T on February 11, 2017 Reply
  • I just made this soup and it is amazing! My stepdaughter has a very refined palate and she said I need this recipe immediately! I will be making this often! I made it exactly as stated in the recipe.

    - Cindy on February 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the perfect soup – so comforting and flavorful! It kicks up that basic chicken noodle soup! Ive made it a few times, and added fresh veggies….depending what was in the frig – carrots, fresh spinach, kale…and it was delicious!

    Funny story – that may help some??? I poured in a can of Cream of Coconut by mistake (very sweet and used in piña coladas) instead of Coconut Milk!! Had to throw all down disposal!!

    - Michele on February 11, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I made this last night. It was good but not great. The flavors were a little overwhelming and sharp… I put the broth in the fridge and had leftovers tonight. I added 1/2 tsp of sambal oelek. The flavors had definitely blended and it was delicious. Some things just taste better the next day. I’d definitely make again, perhaps adding some baby Bella mushrooms and maybe some bean sprouts or some other veggie.

    - Eve on February 10, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Loved it! Made this with brown rice mai fun and it was so yummy! My husband, who is not a big soup lover, thought this was great and even talked about ways to change it up for the next time like adding shrimp or edamame beans. A definite do-over in our house!

    - Laura W on February 9, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Excellent recipe. I’ve made it three times in the past two weeks – the first time with chicken, the second and third times with shrimp and tofu. I love chicken, but the shrimp and tofu versions were even better. I also added a bit more chicken broth and noodles. A very filling and utterly delicious one bowl meal.

    - Margie on February 4, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this and it was very easy and absolutely delicious, the next day the flavor is especially wonderful! Thanks for the great recipe!

    - Nancy on February 3, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Absolutely delicious! All 3 of my boys ranging from ages 11-17 loved this soup! I was requested to make it for the second time a week later! Love your website!

    - Firoza on February 2, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    What a wonderful soup! I loved that it was so simple and quick to make yet had great flavor. I know I will be making this often. I rinsed the noodles as in the photos, but didn’t see it mentioned in the recipe. Guessing it probably doesn’t have a huge impact either way. Thank you for another delicious recipe!

    - Grace on January 29, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this the other night and it was just fantastic. As a California transplant to the South I miss great Thai food. This gave us a fix.

    - Sherie on January 29, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    DELICIOUS!!! I should have doubled the recipe. My son and his girlfriend gobbled it up (should I say “slurped it down”?), and my husband and I only had one bowl apiece before it was gone. No more left for anyone else. The cilantro and scallions on top are perfect! Thank you for another delicious, easy recipe, Jenn.

    - Marie-Jeanne on January 27, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love, love love this soup! Simple and yummy. Using rotisserie chicken really tastes so good, amazing. I was thinking about adding some bok choy and also lemon grass. Could you help me with the best way to incorporate that in the recipe?

    - Marcia on January 26, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Marcia, glad you liked it! If you’d like to add bok choy and lemongrass, I’d put them in when you add the broth and simmer. (Lemongrass is pretty woody, so make sure to remove it before serving the soup.) Also, go lightly on the lemongrass as the curry paste already has some of that flavor in it.

      - Jenn on January 27, 2017 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Thanks Jenn, I will try that!

        - Marcia on January 30, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup was so easy to make and so delicious. I didn’t add fish sauce because I didn’t have it and it was tasty anyway. I added sauteed shitake mushrooms. Will make it again for company now that I know how good it is. .

    - Diane on January 25, 2017 Reply
  • My family hates fish sauce. What can I substitute? Thanks.

    - K Heli on January 24, 2017 Reply
    • Hi K, Unfortunately, there’s a perfect substitute for fish sauce, but you can use soy sauce instead. It will still be good- it just won’t have that distinct Thai flavor.

      - Jenn on January 24, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Wow this soup was amazing. So easy and delicious! Nice to have some exotic soup in the dead of winter. ?

    - Daniella on January 23, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was amazing! I tried this out this past weekend and everyone loved it. I was told this tasted better than the local Thai spot!

    One thing I found out the hard way is that rice noodles absorb a lot of moisture so don’t be lazy like me and try to dump all of the noodles into the broth in the end when you’re getting ready to store the soup. You’ll come back to a container full of noodles!

    - Kiara on January 23, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Is this soup supposed to be thick?

    - Nicolasa Revolorio on January 19, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Nicolasa, The broth itself is not thick. It has the chicken and noodles in it to add a lot of texture, but the liquid is not very thick.

      - Jenn on January 20, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Another awesome recipe ! My family loved it. I used some leftover rotisserie chicken, but didn’t feel it was enough, so I added some cubed tofu. It went wonderfully with the broth.

    - Clare on January 18, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    So yummy. Made for my teen daughters last night exactly as written & they loved it. Don’t forget the extra lime with scallions & cilantro garnish–also the Sriracha puts it over the top. Easy weeknight soup-thanks!

    - Jill on January 18, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is the bomb. So much flavor beware when buying noodles make sure to buy thin noodles. Going to try some shrimp next time. Thank you sooo much for sharing this recipe. Definitely a keeper.

    - Tina Bayless on January 18, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    You posted this recipe on Instagram and I knew it had to be my next recipe to try! I made this tonight and loved that it was so simple and quick. My husband said to add it to our rotation. Can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow. Thanks for another awesome recipe!

    - Laura McCaskill on January 17, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I spent several weeks in Thailand and love the food and this is probably the best and closest homemade recipe I found.
    Tasted great easy to make. Thank you.

    - Thai Guy on January 17, 2017 Reply
  • This looks delicious! Coconut milk is high in saturated fat which is not good for my cholesterol. Is there something else I can use?

    - Gwynne on January 16, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Gwynne, you could try lite coconut milk if that would work for you. If not, you could try omitting it, but you may want to start off with a half as much curry paste, fish sauce and lime juice – then add more to taste. I worry a little that those flavors might be a bit too strong without the richness of the coconut milk to balance them out.

      - Jenn on January 17, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this today and it is outstanding. Really very little effort. I was wondering if it could be made ahead and frozen ( without the noodles ). I would serve this to company. Thanks for the great recipe!

    - Lisa on January 15, 2017 Reply
    • So glad you liked it. Unfortunately, I don’t think it would free well- sorry!

      - Jenn on January 15, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Would not change one thing about this recipe. My husband and I enjoyed this soup and will definitely make it again.

    - Linda on January 15, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Wow, so good! I added some red peppers and carrots cut into matchsticks just because. Love the green chili paste! This is going in my regular rotation, that’s for sure.

    - Devan on January 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this soup this week. It came together quickly and the WHOLE family loved it -and I have teenagers! Great flavor with just the right amount of curry and spice to appeal to everyone and rich without being too rich. The family even requested it be added to our regular rotation. Thanks for another great recipe.

    - Bobbie Hinton on January 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was really really good—definitely though store the noodles and broth separately after serving as Jen recommends. I didn’t do that after we ate the first batch (just put it all together in the pot and into the fridge) and it was very ‘noodly’ but delicious, the next day. Wonderful winter soup and it is now in the rotation!

    - Sandy on January 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Rich and satisfying. Loved it!

    - Linda S on January 14, 2017 Reply
  • I’ve never used rice noodles before. Can I cook them, add them to the soup, and serve it later? I like to make most of my food ahead of time. I know this recipe will be great because I love every recipe I have tried of yours. Thank you so much. It is wonderful to have recipes that you know are foolproof!!

    - Linda S on January 13, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Linda, Yes, I think you could make this ahead, but I’d store the soup and the noodles separately in the fridge so that the noodles don’t soak up too much broth. Glad you like the recipes!

      - Jenn on January 13, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this last night, and I loved it! The next time I think I’ll make it with rice, instead of noodles, just because I’m not a fan of rice noodles. It is a delicious and easy recipe. Thank you for sharing!!

    - Teresa Tuttle on January 12, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this for my honey last night and he slurped it down, couldn’t eat it fast enough. He kept raving about it, over and over, and was still talking about it this morning so I gave him a bowl for breakfast. We know that the way to a man’s heart is through his happy tummy. I have to agree that this was a delicious soup with lots of Thai flavors.

    It was one of the best uses of a Costco rotisserie chicken ever. I even boiled the bones to make my own homemade chicken broth. I even had enough chicken for the soup as well as chicken-vegie wraps. The meal was very filling. I could not find green curry paste, even looked for it at a large international market, so I used red curry paste instead. I also added a thinly sliced Thai chili pepper for extra heat. Delicious!

    I like to experiment when cooking and may try shrimp or rockfish next time. I think these flavors would also work. I would give this recipe a 10 if there were more stars. Thanks for fantastic recipes!

    - Pam on January 12, 2017 Reply
    • I’m back to report that I tried this again last night but substituted shrimp for the chicken. I had extra large shrimp that I shelled and cut into 4 pieces each. Then I poached the shrimp in the soup for 5 minutes while I cooked the rice noodles. It was delicious. My honey also had some leftover soup for breakfast today.

      I also served this with your Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanuts which had lots of flavor and was a big hit.

      Today I had some of the soup over leftover rice for my lunch.

      - Pam on January 26, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jenn – Love all your recipes! I was only able to find red curry paste (not green). Does this make a difference and what is the difference between red and green? Is red spicier? Is there a mild curry paste to try?

    - Alicia on January 12, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Alicia, Red curry paste would be fine here. And, while it varies by brand, red curry paste is generally not spicier than green; sometimes just the opposite. Hope you enjoy the soup!

      - Jenn on January 12, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is to die for. My family are a huge Thai fans and this recipe is as good as anything we get at our favourite Thai restaurant. Thank you!!!!!

    - AMAZING! on January 11, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Yummy and better than carryout!

    - Kathy on January 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I found this soup recipe and made it today. It is AMAZING! I made it exactly as written and it is delicious. When people change this and that then rate the recipe, I don’t think that is a fair review, just my opinion. I found this to be a perfect blend of hot, sweet and spicy and will definitely be making again. Thank you 🙂

    - Sue on January 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Fantastic soup! I followed the directions exactly and would not change a thing! Although, I prefer cayenne pepper to Sriracha for heat. Will definitely make this again…delicious!

    - Lovey H. on January 10, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My husband gobbled and slurped. Truly. It wasn’t pretty, but it is an accurate measure of how outstanding this recipe is.

    - Norah on January 10, 2017 Reply
    • LOL! Glad you and your husband enjoyed it :).

      - Jenn on January 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this today with leftover white meat turkey. My husband and I like dark meat and are always ending up wasting the leftover white meat. This worked wonderfully! The soup has a really full flavor and we particularly liked it after adding just a touch of Sambal Oelek . (I’m never sure exactly where to get “Sriacha sauce” so I just use some hot sauce I have on hand). This will definitely be a go to for a lighter night’s meal and to use up leftover poultry.

    - Pam K. on January 10, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I love this soup. I heighten the nutrition by adding one red pepper sliced, 1 c of halved sugar snap peas and 4 c loosely packed baby spinach. Great lunch and helps me diet in the new year!

    - Lori on January 10, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I don’t normally write reviews, but I loved this dish! It was easy to make and delicious.
    I used shrimp as the protein instead of chicken. I just threw it in there and let it simmer to cook. This soup felt velvety and soft in my mouth and was just right for a cold day. And my husband loved it too. Thanks so much!

    - Saliah on January 10, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was so delicious! Can’t wait to make it again!

    - Ashley on January 9, 2017 Reply
  • Hello;
    I dislike cilantro. Would parsley be a good alternative?
    Thank you
    Gwen

    - Gwen on January 9, 2017 Reply
    • I think basil or mint would be good substitutes. Enjoy the soup!

      - Jenn on January 10, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I just finished a steaming bowl of this soup for lunch-perfect on a snowy afternoon! 5 stars, certainly, my only change would be to lessen the amount of fish sauce to 1 T instead of 2. It tasted a little strong for my taste. The flavors were nicely layered and nuanced. Thank you for another 5-star recipe!

    - Kathy Vukasovich on January 9, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this last night. I knew it would be wonderful because every recipe that I’ve made from the OUAC website has been great. This did not disappoint. I followed the recipe exactly with one exception: I used 3/4 t turmeric. The depth of flavors was outstanding and it’s easy and quick to make. Didn’t use hot sauce as it didn’t need it. Might try with shrimp at some point. Another excellent recipe!! Thank you!

    - Jan on January 9, 2017 Reply
  • If one would like to lessen the carb count, use spiraled zucchini or soy pasta (the angel hair would be best). It is available in grocery stores and most Asian markets.

    - Gary on January 9, 2017 Reply
  • Hi, I love your recipes! My husband hates fish, not an allergy just intense disgust. I don’t think he realizes a lot of he Thai soups we have from takeout probably have fish sauce in them. Is there a substitute? Thanks, Rebecca

    - Rebecca boyko on January 9, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Rebecca, So glad you like the recipes! I don’t think there’s any perfect substitute for fish sauce, but you can use soy sauce in its place; it will still be good- it just won’t have that distinct Thai flavor. If you try it this way, I’d love to know how it turns out!

      - Jenn on January 9, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve made this recipe tonight and it was lovely!

    - Carla on January 8, 2017 Reply
  • Absolutely outstanding! My beautiful girlfriend was drinking the remaining broth from the bowl as if it were the elixir from the gods. Then I made myself a bowl and damn now I know. This is a good recipe. I love heat so don’t tell anybody what I did. Added all of the curry paste, crushed red pepper and cayenne. Nobody knew. I hate it when people post things about how they changed the awesome recipe as it stood so shame on me. But Jenn that was absolutely outstanding and will now become a standard in the Sunday football rotations. -Brian

    - Brian on January 8, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Another amazing recipe! Quick, easy, and full of flavor. I omitted the fish sauce and it was still absolutely delicious. Next time I will be sure to use the thinner rice noodles as I could only find the thicker ones when I was shopping for ingredients but it was still a wonderful, clean tasting dish. Jenn, you are amazing, I use your recipes at least 2 times a week for the past year or so and I’ve yet to find one that is less than 5 stars. My family and I appreciate you tremendously!

    - Maria on January 8, 2017 Reply
  • What could I use as a substitute to the fish sauce? Im allergic to all seafood.

    - Michelle on January 8, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Michelle, There really is no great substitute for fish sauce, but soy sauce might work here.

      - Jenn on January 8, 2017 Reply
      • Okay thanks I will try the soy sauce. Your recipes are simple but oh so tasty and comforting. We had the beef stew for dinner this evening and this is a must for my dinner rotation. Thanks again.

        - Michelle on January 8, 2017 Reply
    • 5 stars

      I’m allergic to all shellfish but found that I do fine with “Thai kitchen” brand fish sauce. Soy sauce should be an ok alternative if you truly can’t do any fish.

      - Amarie on January 8, 2017 Reply
  • Do you think this would freeze ok or would the texture be compromised?

    - Sadie on January 8, 2017 Reply
    • I don’t think this soup would freeze well, Sadie. Sorry!

      - Jenn on January 8, 2017 Reply
  • Hi Jenn. Question: this recipe only states to drain the rice noodles, but the pic shows the noodles being held under a running tap – implying they were also rinsed – so – ?? Do we just drain them, or drain and rinse them??

    - Sandra on January 8, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Sandra, It’s best to run them under cool water to stop them from cooking, unless you’re adding them right away to the soup. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on January 8, 2017 Reply
  • Hi Jennifer:

    Is there a way to cut the spiciness from this? Love Thai but can’t eat hot spicy food anymore. The perils of ageing, I guess.

    Thanks

    Mary

    - Mary Munson on January 8, 2017 Reply
    • Sure, Mary – you can cut back on the curry paste and omit the Sriracha. I’d start with half as much of the curry paste and then add more to taste.

      - Jenn on January 9, 2017 Reply
      • Thanks much Jennifer.

        - Mary Munson on January 10, 2017 Reply
  • YAY Happy New Year been waiting for a new recipe! LOVE your site and your recipes!!! Happy New Year!!! 🙂

    - Judith on January 8, 2017 Reply
  • Sounds delicious! Could I omit the coconut milk or substitute it with anything else?

    - Nicole on January 8, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Nicole, You could try omitting it, but you might start off with a half as much curry paste, fish sauce and lime juice – then add more to taste. I just worry 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 9, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Jenn your a culinary goddess! I have a thing for Asian soups, especially if noodles are involved. Like you, I’m hibernating from the bitter cold weather. This was really quick, super delicious, and satisfying. Warmed me right up too! For your readers who like spicy I recommend the Mae Ploy green curry paste. I get mine at a local Asian store for $2.60. It can also be found on Amazon. I use it for your Thai Shrimp recipe as well.

    - Kerrie on January 7, 2017 Reply
    • Great tip, Kerri. Thanks, and glad you liked the soup!

      - Jenn on January 8, 2017 Reply
      • Jen, I have red curry paste. Can I use that instead? Thank you!

        - Ruthie on February 20, 2017 Reply
        • Sure Ruthie, that will work here. Enjoy!

          - Jenn on February 20, 2017 Reply
  • Happy New Year Jen! Was wondering if we could add something else or less noodles for a carb friendly version? Thanks!!

    - Sara on January 7, 2017 Reply
    • Sure, Sara – you could omit the noodles and add lots of veggies.

      - Jenn on January 7, 2017 Reply
    • 5 stars

      Jen, this is one of quite a few recipes I have made of yours and it is divine! I had tried a Thai coconut soup from a mix at the Farmers Market, but it really couldn’t hold a candle to yours…
      I followed the directions, but used poached shredded breasts instead of rotisserie, and I added spiralized zucchini, as one reviewer mentioned, with a smaller portion of noodles. I also had lite coconut milk so used that, but man Oh man, that broth! I drank it right from the bowl it was so good. Maybe it wasn’t as creamy as yours, but it was so easy to make, so fast, and so tasty! Thanks for another home run!

      - Kelsey on January 9, 2017 Reply

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