Soba Noodle Soup with Chicken and Bok Choy Recipe

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Jessie May Modified: March 25, 2022
Soba Noodle Soup with Chicken and Bok Choy Recipe

How To Make Soba Noodle Soup with Chicken and Bok Choy

Delight in a hearty spoonful of this flavorful soba noodle soup cooked with chicken and baby bok choy in a broth spiced with herbs, scallions, and lime.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Rest Time: 10 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



  • 8cupschicken stock,or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1chicken breast,(about 12 oz) boneless, skinless
  • 2tbsppiece of fresh ginger,(2-inches slice) finely chopped
  • ¼cuplime juice
  • 2tbspThai fish sauce
  • 3tbspThai sweet red chili sauce
  • 1tbspbrown sugar
  • 8ozsoba noodles,buckwheat
  • 4baby bok choy,cut into 1-inch slices, or halved lengthwise
  • 6scallions,thinly sliced
  • sprigsThai basil,or mint, or cilantro, for garnish
  • lime wedges,to serve
  • red pepper flakes,for garnish


  1. Place a boneless and skinless chicken breast in a saucepan and add enough stock to barely cover.

  2. Cover the pot and bring it to a simmer over medium-low heat.

  3. Once simmering, place the lid slightly ajar and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Remove from the heat, cover completely with the lid again, and let the chicken rest for 10 minutes.

  5. Transfer to a plate, and shred into pieces with the fingers when cool enough to handle.

  6. Add the remaining chicken stock to the pot and bring to a simmer.

  7. Add the ginger, lime juice, fish sauce, chili sauce, and brown sugar.

  8. Stir and taste for seasoning.

  9. Add more chili sauce if desired to make a spicier broth.

  10. Simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.

  11. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  12. Add the noodles and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until tender or according to the package directions.

  13. Drain into a colander.

  14. If the soup isn’t quite ready yet, run the noodles under cold water, drain, and toss with a little olive oil to keep the noodles from sticking together while finishing the rest of the soup.

  15. Add the bok choy and scallions to the soup broth.

  16. Return to a simmer.

  17. Remove from the heat after 1 minute. (If the bok choy were left in halves, cook for a few minutes longer, or until tender.)

To Assemble:

  1. Divide the noodles among 4 large soup bowls and top with the chicken.

  2. Ladle the broth and vegetables over the top and garnish with basil, mint, or cilantro, if desired.

  3. Serve with lime wedges and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.

Recipe Notes

For an even speedier meal, substitute 2 cups of shredded chicken meat (or any other meat) instead of poaching the chicken. Look for fish sauce, red chili sauce, and soba noodles in the Asian foods section at the grocery store, or order online.


  • Calories: 479.11kcal
  • Fat: 10.47g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.83g
  • Trans Fat: 0.05g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.59g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.10g
  • Carbohydrates: 68.78g
  • Fiber: 1.88g
  • Sugar: 12.29g
  • Protein: 31.33g
  • Cholesterol: 42.24mg
  • Sodium: 2160.88mg
  • Calcium: 125.71mg
  • Potassium: 1068.41mg
  • Iron: 3.65mg
  • Vitamin A: 40.33µg
  • Vitamin C: 40.79mg
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