Quick Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

The other night was Halloween and the ghosts, goblins and a sea of football players that were a tad too OLD to be trick or treating, were out and about.  Nothing warms the little monsters like a steaming bowl of goodness.  And that is just what this is.  It’s quick to make, easy on the pocket book and will make your little monsters smile from ear to ear.

Quick Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2/3 cup onion, thinly sliced in half rings
5 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated fine
2 teaspoons red curry paste, or more if you like it hot
1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
2 13.5 oz cans light coconut milk
5 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons Nam Pla (Fish Sauce available in the ethnic food aisle)
2 medium yams, peeled and cut into cubes
2 cups broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
6 oz Thai Rice Stick noodles
3 chicken breasts, boneless & skinless, sliced into thin strips
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus a few wedges for garnish
1/3 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped

1 In a large stock pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and stir to coat.  Saute for about 3 minutes, or until translucent and soft.  Add the garlic, ginger, curry paste and Sriracha and stir to combine.

2 Add the coconut milk, chicken stock, sugar and fish sauce and stir to combine.  Bring up to a boil, and then lower the temperature to medium-low and add the yams.  Continue to simmer until the yams are almost done when pierced with a paring knife.

3 Add the remaining ingredients and let simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 4-5 minutes.  Ladle into large bowls and top with cilantro and a wedge of lime.

Makes 8 Servings

Cooks Notes: 
1) If you don’t have or can’t find the rice noodles, you could substitute vermicelli or other thin pasta.
2) Freeze fresh ginger in a sandwich bag, remove the outer skin by using a spoon to scrape it off.  Then use a fine grater, such as a microplane, to grate the frozen ginger.  Return the unused ginger to the bag and remove as much air as possible and freeze for future use.

  • Maris
    November 9, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    This is making me want to go for Thai food tomorrow!

  • Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny
    November 4, 2011 at 7:51 am

    What a delicious soup recipe, this looks amazing! 🙂

  • Rebecca from Chow and Chatter
    November 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    first class soup

  • Cake Duchess
    November 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I love this soup recipe, Heather:)It’s cooking down a little here and I’m happy to make soups.

  • EA-The Spicy RD
    November 3, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I love Thai soups and this one looks fabulous! The more cilantro the better 🙂

  • Ashley@Bakerbynature
    November 3, 2011 at 9:04 am

    This looks perfect! I am in full swing soup mode, so this will be making its way into my kitchen very soon. Thanks for sharing!

  • Karen
    November 3, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I have been craving this kind of soup for days…yesterday I meant to get pho for lunch but it didn’t happen. You’re making me jealous over here!!! LOVE it!

  • diabeticFoodie
    November 3, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Looks great and doesn’t require any ingredients I wouldn’t be able to find easily. I’m definitely going to try this one!

  • Baker Street
    November 2, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Oh my! There is nothing more comforting than a bowl of chicken soup! Love the thai flavoring!

  • Eliotseats
    November 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I love the flavor profile here. Great sounding recipe.

  • Heather Christo
    November 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    This looks so delicious Heather!

  • Nelly Rodriguez
    November 2, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    This is what I love to eat. Seriously, I’d eat this every night! Looks great Heather!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    November 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    wow this looks great!

  • Jeanette
    November 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I love Thai flavors…would love a cup of this!

  • foodwanderings
    November 2, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Aww Heather, how did you know Thai is one of my favorite cuisines? & chicken soup is such a classic. Love this quick comfort! Love the recipe!

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen
    November 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    That looks fantastic. I am sure it would warm me up and that’s just the thing I need!

  • Barbara | Creative Culinary
    November 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve been on a soup binge. The snow outside seems to do that to me. Though I love my chicken with dumplings soup, I’m eager for new recipes and this sounds wonderful Heather…love the Thai component.

  • Nancy
    November 2, 2011 at 10:09 am

    YUM!!! I love this soup and can’t wait to try your “quick” version!!