Soba Noodle Soup With Chicken and Bok Choy

This soba noodle soup with chicken and baby bok choy is speedy comfort food! Seasoned with ginger, lime, scallions, and herbs. A true 30-minute meal.

Soba Noodle Soup with Chicken and Bok Choy
Sally Vargas

While comfort cooking and speed don’t usually coexist, this mildly spicy soup is an exception to the rule.

If you made a New Year's resolution to eat a little better this year, this soup will keep you on track. It’s not health food -- just good, healthy food!

Soba Noodle Soup with Chicken and Bok Choy
Sally Vargas

I give instructions for poaching chicken breasts in this recipe, but you also could just use leftover cooked chicken if you have it on hand. About two cups of shredded chicken – or any other meat – is perfect.

Slice the bok choy in pieces, or halve them lengthwise for a more dramatic presentation.

The recipe comes together so quickly, you will want to put it into your regular meal rotation!

Soba Noodle Soup With Chicken and Bok Choy

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings

For an even speedier meal, substitute 2 cups 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 your grocery store, or order online. (Look here for the fish sauce, here for the chili sauce, and here for the soba noodles.)


  • 8 cups chicken stock, or low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 12 ounces)

  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)

  • 1/4 cup lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce

  • 3 tablespoons Thai sweet red chili sauce

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 8 ounces soba (buckwheat) noodles

  • 4 baby bok choy, cut into 1-inch slices or halved lengthwise

  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced

  • Few sprigs Thai basil, mint, or cilantro, for garnish

  • Lime wedges, to serve

  • Red pepper flakes, for garnish


  1. Poach the chicken:

    Place a boneless skinless chicken breast in a saucepan and add enough stock to barely cover. Cover the pot and bring it to a simmer over medium-low heat.

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

    Remove from the heat, cover completely with the lid again, and let the chicken rest for 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate, and shred into pieces with your fingers when cool enough to handle.

  2. While the chicken cools, season the stock:

    Add the remaining chicken stock to the pot and bring to a simmer. Add the ginger, lime juice, fish sauce, chili sauce and brown sugar. Stir and taste for seasoning. Add more chili sauce if you wish to make a spicier broth. Simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.

    Soba Noodle Soup with Chicken and Bok Choy
    Sally Vargas
  3. Meanwhile, cook the soba noodles:

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until tender or according to package directions. Drain into a colander. (If the soup isn't quite ready yet, run the under cold water, drain, and toss with a little olive oil to keep the noodles from sticking together while you finish the rest of the soup.)

  4. Add the bok choy and scallions to the soup broth:

    Return to a simmer. Remove from the heat after 1 minute. (If you kept the bok choy in halves, cook for a few minutes longer, or until tender.)

  5. Assemble the bowls of soup:

    Divide the noodles among 4 large soup bowls and top with the chicken. Ladle the broth and vegetables over top and garnish with the basil, mint or cilantro, if desired. Serve with lime wedges and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.

    Soba Noodle Soup with Chicken and Bok Choy
    Sally Vargas
Soba Noodle Soup with Chicken and Bok Choy
Sally Vargas
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
449 Calories
9g Fat
48g Carbs
44g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 449
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 1535mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 48mg 240%
Calcium 165mg 13%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 1315mg 28%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.