Vietnamese chicken noodle soup with ramen noodles, ginger, bok choy, and fresh sprouts. It’s such a delicious take on chicken soup.

We love to serve it with sliced jalapeño peppers, green onions, and cilantro.

Vietnamese Chicken Soup

If you’re looking for a way to change up your chicken soup game then you got to try this Vietnamese chicken noodle soup.  It’s a quick and easy version of pho soup.

Made with simple ingredients such as chicken, bean sprouts, bok choy, and a ton of fresh herbs. The chicken soup is ladled over the cooked ramen noodles and topped with sliced jalapeño peppers, green onions, and cilantro leaves.

This Vietnamese soup is incredibly easy to make and will satisfy your craving for a bowl of noodle soup. The key to this soup is all in the broth. Use good quality chicken broth, either homemade or store-bought. I love the Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Stock.

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Ingredients for Vietnamese Soup

You’ll need the following ingredients for this Vietnamese chicken soup:

  • ramen noodles
  • chicken tenders
  • limes
  • soy sauce
  • fish sauce
  • fresh ginger
  • garlic
  • paprika
  • chicken stock
  • bean sprouts
  • bok choy
  • toasted sesame oil

For serving, sliced jalapeño, cilantro, and green onions.

ingredients for vietnamese chicken noodle soup

Substitutions:

Chicken – I like using chicken tenders in this soup because they’re so easy to work with and cook fairly quickly. But boneless, skinless chicken breast can be used instead or even boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

Bean Sprouts – If your supermarket carries fresh bean sprouts then definitely take advantage of them. They’re going to be fresh and much tastier than canned bean sprouts.

Bok Choy – Spinach is a good substitute for the bok choy. You can add a little more than 3 cups since spinach cooks down so much.

How to Make Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Step 1: Prep the Chicken – in a bowl combine the chicken with lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, ginger, garlic, and paprika. Toss it around and let it stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
chicken tenders in a bowl
  • Step 2: Make the Broth – in a 4-quart dutch-oven or heavy-duty soup pot, cook the chicken with its liquid until no longer pink, about 3-4 minutes. Chicken will have a lot of juice and liquid and that’s okay. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper.

Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for about 5-7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

chicken and broth in dutch oven
  • Step 3: Add the Greens – Stir in bok choy and bean sprouts. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the bok choy is wilted. Remove the pot off heat and add a drizzle of sesame oil to the broth, about 1 teaspoon.
bok choy and bean sprouts in soup

Katya’s TIP: Cook the ramen noodles according to the package instructions just prior to serving. Drain and keep warm.

How Do You Eat Vietnamese Soup?

When serving Vietnamese chicken soup I find that the toppings are as important as the soup here. They add a pop of color and scrumptious flavor. 

Serve a platter of prepared toppings along with the soup, such as sliced jalapeño peppers, green onions, and cilantro. You can also add-in some fresh basil, mint, lime wedges, sesame oil, and hot chili sauce.

To serve Vietnamese soup, add cooked ramen noodles to a bowl, ladle a generous serving of chicken soup, and top with loads of greens.

vietnamese soup

And don’t limit this noodle soup just to lunchtime, instead pair the soup with some of these amazing sides to make a nutrient-dense meal.

Love chicken soup? Try Sicilian Chicken Soup, Chicken Split Pea Soup, or Chicken and Mushroom Soup.

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Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Description

Vietnamese chicken noodle soup with ramen noodles, ginger, bok choy, and fresh sprouts. It’s such a delicious and easy twist on the traditional pho soup.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 lb. chicken tenders, cut into thin strips
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. finely minced fresh ginger or grated with microplane
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil or other neutral tasting oil
  • 6 cups good-quality chicken stock
  • 14 oz. canned or fresh bean sprouts, drained
  • 3 cups chopped bok choy, greens and whites
  • Toasted sesame oil, to taste
  • 810 oz. package ramen noodles
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper

For Serving

  • Jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Cilantro, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the chicken tenders, lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, ginger, garlic, and paprika. Let the chicken marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat avocado oil in a heavy-duty dutch oven or a soup pot over medium-high heat. When hot, add chicken and its liquid. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring, until chicken is no longer pink, 3-4 minutes. Chicken will have a lot of liquid and juice and that’s okay.
  3. Add chicken stock. Season the stock with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, partially covered, for about 5-7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Stir in bean sprouts and bok choy. Cook for additional 1-2 minutes or until bok choy greens are wilted and whites tender crisp. Taste the broth for salt and add more if needed.
  5. Remove the soup off heat. Add a light drizzle of sesame oil to the broth, about 1 teaspoon or more to taste.
  6. Prepare the ramen noodles according to package instructions, just prior to serving. Drain well.
  7. To serve, arrange the cooked noodles in a serving bowl, ladle the soup over the noodles, and top with jalapeño peppers, green onions, and cilantro.

Notes

  • Substitutions: Boneless, skinless breast or boneless thighs can be used in place of chicken tenders. Can’t find bok choy? Baby spinach is a good swap. You can add a little more than 3 cups since spinach cooks down so much. 
  • More Toppings: Toppings are as important as the soup here. Freel free to add more, such as fresh basil leaves, fresh mint leaves, lime wedges, and hot chili sauce.
  • Few Recipe Notes: This recipe is quite simple with minimal cooking time, so the quality of the ingredients does make a difference. Use good-quality chicken stock or even better use chicken bone broth. Use fresh ginger, garlic, and lime juice. Avoid anything bottled. Also, the key to delicious soup broth is to get your broth nicely seasoned. Taste and adjust salt every step of cooking. If you find your broth a little flat or lacking depth of flavor, try adding a little more soy sauce. 
  •  Recipe originally published March 2015. It was lightly adapted from: Nigella Lawson “Nigella Kitchen”

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 234
  • Sugar: 4.7 g
  • Sodium: 1156.5 mg
  • Fat: 7.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27 g
  • Protein: 14.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 23.4 mg

Keywords: noodle soup, vietnamese soup, easy pho