Chinese Chicken Soup


This Chinese chicken soup with ramen noodles is spiced with turmeric, ginger, and chile paste. A filling and delicious way to use leftover chicken.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

This Chinese chicken soup with ramen noodles is loaded with savory flavor and healthy vegetables.

How to Make Chinese Chicken Soup

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Chinese Chicken Soup Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this homemade Chinese chicken soup recipe:

· Sesame oil: This Chinese chicken soup starts with sesame oil.
· Ginger: Make sure to use fresh chopped ginger root for the best flavor.
· Chile paste: Two tablespoons of chile paste turns up the heat.
· Turmeric: Ground turmeric lends earthy flavor.
· Chicken: Chop and cook the chicken breast ahead of time.
· Broth: Use store-bought or homemade chicken broth.
· Vegetables: You'll need celery, shredded lettuce, and green onions.
· Soy sauce: Soy sauce enhances the savory flavor.
· Sugar: Sweeten things up with two teaspoons of sugar.
· Noodles: You'll need a 3-ounce package of ramen noodles.

How Do You Make Chinese Chicken Soup?

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make Chinese chicken soup at home:

1. Cook the ginger, chile paste, and turmeric in sesame oil.
2. Add the chicken, broth, celery, soy sauce, and sugar. Boil, then add the noodles.
3. Remove from the heat, stir in the lettuce, and garnish with green onions.

How to Store Chinese Chicken Soup

Store the leftover Chinese chicken soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days.

Can You Freeze Chinese Chicken Soup?

Yes, you can freeze Chinese chicken soup. If you're making this recipe with the intention of freezing it, consider preparing the soup and noodles separately.

To freeze the soup (with or without the noodles), pour serving-sized portions of the cooled soup into freezer bags labeled with the date. Freeze for up to three months. Re-heat on the stove.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I used sambal oelek (Asian chile paste) which, with the tumeric, gave it wonderful flavor and spice," says mrscrazyed.

"I made this with bok choy instead of celery," according to Whistlingbat. "The bok choy was delicious and I absolutely recommend it! Everything else was spot on. Would definitely make it again and again."

"Very good soup," raves Enkimoz. "Healthy, inexpensive, easy, and flexible recipe. My husband asked me to save this recipe (where I could find it again!) and make it often."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger root

  • 2 tablespoons chile paste

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 pound chopped cooked chicken breast

  • 1 quart chicken broth

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1 (3 ounce) package ramen noodles

  • 1 cup shredded lettuce

  • ½ cup chopped green onion


  1. Heat sesame oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add ginger, chile paste, and turmeric; cook and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Stir in chicken, broth, celery, soy sauce, and sugar. Bring to a boil; add noodles and simmer for 3 minutes.

  3. Stir in lettuce and remove from heat. Serve garnished with green onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
9g Fat
7g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 1049mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 187mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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