There's nothing like a tasty bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup at the end of a long day. This spicy chicken noodle soup recipe is packed with delicious umami and spicy flavours and can be put together in just 20 minutes.
Whether you need to put some leftover rotisserie chicken to good use, are looking to soothe a sore throat or simply craving some healthy and hearty comfort food at the end of a long day, this soup is sure to hit the spot.
Or for another delicious way to enjoy leftover chicken or turkey, try my Leftover Turkey Fricassee.
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✅ 5 reasons why you'll love this recipe:
- It's just so tasty - every bowl is brimming with rich umami flavour. Fresh red chilli and sweet chilli sauce bring a moderate spiciness to the broth while pak choi and a topping of finely chopped scallions/spring onions add a satisfying crunch.
- Quick and easy - cooking up a batch of this yummy noodle soup could not be simpler, making it an ideal choice for a weeknight dinner.
- Uses everyday ingredients - there's no need to shop around for obscure ingredients, you'll be able to grab everything you need to make this tasty soup at your local grocery store.
- Puts leftover chicken to good use - if you've roasted a whole chicken and got some bits leftover, this soup is a great way to re-purpose them. You can even make your own broth from the chicken bones.
- A great soup when you're not feeling great - always hits the spot if you have a cold coming on or are looking to soothe a sore throat.
🛒 Ingredients and variations:
This delicious and simple recipe uses 10 everyday ingredients.
- Chicken broth or stock - a high quality chicken broth or stock will add to the depth of flavour in the soup. Use store-bought or homemade, but avoid using powdered stock. Check out my Instant Pot Chicken Stock recipe, for an easy and simple homemade chicken stock that is perfect for noodle soups.
- Chicken - this soup is an excellent way to use up leftover chicken. You can also use store-bought rotisserie chicken. If you don't have cooked chicken to hand, boil or oven roast a couple of chicken legs and shred them with a fork. Chicken thighs, boneless chicken breasts and chicken legs will all do nicely, but leg wins out for me because it's easily shreddable.
- Chicken alternatives - this soup will also work well with leftover roast pork or beef. You can also add tofu instead of meat.
- Pak choi - tends to be my veg of choice because it is good at absorbing the flavour of the broth. Spinach or red bell peppers are good alternatives.
- Sake, Chinese wine or dry sherry - brings richness and depth of flavour to the soup. You can substitute it for ⅓ of the quantity of rice wine vinegar for an alcohol-free alternative.
🧑🍳 Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup in 5 easy steps
Fry the garlic, red chilli and ginger in sesame oil for a couple of minutes until fragrant.
Pour the chicken stock into the pan, add soy sauce, sake (dry sherry, Chinese cooking wine or rice vinegar), sweet chilli sauce and bring to simmer on a medium heat for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to packet directions. Run them under cold water after you drain them to prevent them from sticking together.
4. Pak choi
Add the pak choi to the broth for a couple of minutes until just tender. Remove it from the broth and set it aside when done. You don't want it to overcook.
5. Assembly time
Add the cooked noodles to each bowl. Then pour on the broth. Add the chicken pieces, pak choi, scatter on some sesame seeds and chopped scallions or spring onions and serve immediately.
👍 Top tips for perfect spicy chicken noodle soup
- Run the cooked noodles under the tap - this stops them from cooking further and prevents them from sticking together.
- Cook the pak choi until it is just tender - wait until the end of the cooking time and add it to the broth a couple of minutes before you plan to serve. Cook it for 2-3 minutes until it is just tender and remove and set aside to prevent it from cooking any further.
- Try not to over- reduce the broth - avoid simmering it for longer than 10 minutes. You don't want to reduce it and not have enough
- Adjust the spice level to suit your taste - the chilli and sweet chilli sauce give the soup a moderate level of heat. If you enjoy spicy foods you might want to add more fresh red chilli to increase the heat. Use less chilli or omit it altogether if you are sensitive to spice.
Fresh chillies, red pepper flakes and hot sauce will all bring heat to the broth. If you are catering for people with different levels of spice tolerance, hot sauce and red pepper flakes are a good choice because they can be added in at the end.
Rice noodles, udon and egg noodles are all solid choices. Both curly egg noodles and wide egg noodles will work. Ensure you follow the cooking instructions for the type of noodles that you choose and run them under cold water after you drain them to prevent them from overcooking and sticking together.
Gently frying aromatics like fresh yellow onion, green onions, fresh ginger, fresh chillies and garlic before pouring in the broth will work wonders for the overall flavour of the soup. Soy sauce and miso paste add umami flavour to soup broth. Add sake, dry sherry, or rice wine for depth of flavour and lime juice for fresh citrusy flavour. Toppings like spring onions/scallions, fresh cilantro/coriander and sesame seeds elevate the taste of noodle soup and also bring extra freshness.
This soup tastes best when served immediately but you can also enjoy the leftovers the next day. Leftover soup can be stored in the fridge for 2 days in an airtight container and reheated on the stove or in the microwave. It's best to remove the noodles and pak choi as these will be very soggy the next time you eat the soup if they are left in the broth.
Spicy chicken noodle soup can be an excellent make-ahead meal if you separate the broth you want to save and store it in the refrigerator on its own. Simply reheat it on the stove and cook up fresh noodles and pak choi.
😋 Check out my other soup recipes
A hearty bowl of soup can be just what you need on a cold winter day (or at any other time of year). If you enjoyed this spicy chicken noodle soup check out my other soup recipes including my spicy speedy shrimp/prawn pho and easy chicken ramen.
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