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Reinventing the classic chicken soup with this Ginger Peanut Chicken Noodle Soup. Gingery chicken broth, mixed with shredded chicken, veggies, fresh egg noodles, and topped with salty roasted peanuts. This soup is warming, cozy, and just a little bit spicy. Great for cold winter nights when you need a healthy meal that’s easy to prepare and delicious too. Bonus? Leftovers make for a great lunch the next day!

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This is the time of year when soup is on the menu almost every other day. The days are short, and the nights are long and cold. It’s the coziest time of year, and around here that means plenty of soup. The last few days have been bitter cold with blistering wind and snow. It’s pretty much the scene out of a classic Christmas movie, and I love it.

It’s going to be hard to leave my snowy little town next week for NYC, but I’m so excited to be heading back to the city to host my very first holiday party. If you follow on Instagram then you may have seen this, but I’m hosting a holiday cocktail party where I’ll be sharing entertaining tips and tricks, as well as a brand new cocktail recipe. If you happen to live in the city, or be just in town, grab your tickets here. I cannot wait to meet you all!

Travel next week (DEN to NYC, then NYC to LA) means lots of running around this week, cooking, writing, and hopefully doing some holiday shopping. With a busy schedule I’m leaning on super easy, but healthy recipes, like today’s soup, to cook up for dinner. There’s really nothing I love more after a long day than relaxing with a bowl of soup…and maybe a good Hallmark Christmas move too.

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I’ve always had a huge soft spot for a good bowl of chicken noodle soup. The Panera bread version used to be one of my all time favorites. Mostly because I loved the bread bowls and the extra thick egg noodles.

Chicken noodle soup is a classic, it’s so good.

Classic is great, but sometimes I love switching things up too.

Enter this Asian inspired chicken noodle soup that’s just as delicious, is crazy simple, and beyond perfect.

The major difference in this chicken noodle soup is all in the broth. Instead of flavoring it with classic herbs, this broth is flavored with sesame, ginger, and soy sauce. It’s a spicy, salty, savory combo, and I love the twist.

Here is how this works.

Sear your chicken breast in a little sesame oil. Add the ginger, some shallots, and garlic. Now pour in chicken broth and add a touch of soy sauce and a splash of fish sauce (promise this is not as gross as it may sound, add it). Simmer this all together until the chicken is cooked through and the flavors have had time to mend together.

Shred the chicken, add some baby bok choy or spinach, taste, adjust. Serve the soup over a bowl of egg noodles and top with plenty of roasted salted peanuts.

Simple as that, but so delicious and so flavorful.

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Whenever I do any kind of noodle soup I prefer to always keep the noodles separate from the broth. When you stir the noodles into a brothy soup they end up soaking up a lot of liquid as they sit in the broth. In turn, you get soggy noodles and brothless soup.

Not good.

So keep the noodles separate from the broth. When ready to serve, add them to your soup bowls and pour over the steaming hot broth. The heat from the broth will warm the noodles. Plus, this way you can fill your bowl with as many noodles as you’d like.

This is a great dinner for busy nights when you’d like something comforting, but healthy too. It’s also great if you have house guests, and know that you’ll be needing to serve lunches and dinners. You can keep the broth on the stove or in the slow cooker all day long, then just boil some noodles and serve! Either way, enjoy this soup sometime soon, while the weather is chilly!

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Ginger Peanut Chicken Noodle Soup

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 520 kcal

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  • 1. Heat the sesame oil in a large pot over high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the chicken sear on both sides, about 5 to 8 minutes per side. Reduce the heat to low, add the ginger, shallot, and garlic. Cook another 1 minute, until fragrant. Add the broth, soy sauce, fish sauce, and honey. Simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through,
    2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat and boil the noodles until al dente, according to package directions. Drain. 
    3. Remove the chicken breast from the soup. Shred the chicken and discard the bone and skin. Stir the shredded chicken and greens into the soup, cooking another five minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
    4. Divide the noodles among bowls and pour the soup overtop. Top each bowl with peanuts, jalapeños, green onions, and a squeeze of lime juice. Enjoy! 
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  1. 5 stars
    This was amazing – didn’t even have egg noodles and just used linguini which wasn’t the same but it tasted very good. I love the tip about keeping noodles/pasta out of the soup it makes it much better! I’ve done a few of your recipes and I love them all. Thank you!

  2. Hi Tieghan! Happy pumpkin season!! I know bone-in & skin-on is more flavorful but sadly I’m still a boneless, skinless chicken breast girl. If I were to use those instead, how & when would you recommend implementing them in the recipe sequence? Can’t wait to try this ASAP & already anticipating getting into far more roasted peanuts than would be suitable for garnishing! Lol!!😘😘❤️

    1. Hey Gia,
      No worries, I would just follow the recipe as is! Let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love the recipe. Thank you! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    This is my FAVORITE soup!! It’s quite easy to make once you have the ingredients! So delicious with the ginger flavor.

  4. 5 stars
    This was so delicious. The peanuts on top are a must. Make sure your broth and soy are indeed low-sodium. We didn’t have low-sodium versions and it ended up quite salty! Next time, I might use a little more chicken and bok choy. The recipe was a little too heavy on the noodles for my liking. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    One of my new favorite soups! The first time I made this, I couldn’t believe how much flavor it had since the ingredients are so simple. DO NOT skip the fish sauce! Its absolutely necessary to give the best flavorful broth. I make mine with gluten free pad thai noodles and its super yummy and filling. I’ve also made this using Mirin instead of honey ( we were out of honey) and it was just as delish. Fantastic, easy recipe. Thank you!!

  6. Love this recipe! I’m planning on making it again for friends. I’ll have to make a small vegetarian version, too, and was wondering what kind of tofu (if any) I could add and how to cook it. Perhaps extra veggies?

    1. HI! I am so sorry, I am really not very familiar with tofu so I am afraid I really cannot advise you on this. If I were to use tofu I would use extra firm and pan fry it. Extra veggies will be delicious! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    I made this soup using dark soy sauce and it is delicious, but will definitely try light soy sauce next time to see the difference. So tasty Tieghan, I just found my new winter soup for work lunches! Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    I made this for my boyfriend and I as we battled a harsh winter cold, and then made a batch for a coworker recovering from surgery… so so yummy!

    1. HI! YES, if you leave the noodles out you can certainly freeze this and then add the noodles after thawing. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  9. 5 stars
    This soup: Deliciously simple, simply delicious! New year’s resolution: Will make it again. And again. And again!

  10. 5 stars
    Fantastic soup! Great flavors, came together very easily! I’ll definitely be making this again for friends and family! Looking forward to trying more of your recipes..

  11. Honestly this is one of the best soups I’ve made in a while. I used two chicken thighs (skin on) instead; did not add any peanuts; and only used half a lb of egg noodles. Since I didnt have a lb of noodles, I added some leftover spinach I had along with the bok choy and it came out amazing. Definitely include the jalapenos.

  12. 5 stars
    I made this tonight as written (except I used adult instead of baby bok choy) and it is fantastic!! Wow- this is exactly what I needed on this cold Minnesota night! Thank you so much!

  13. 5 stars
    Yummy! We loved this! Husband approved. We have both been super sick this week. This just happens to have all the ingredients recommended for homemade cold remedies! Chicken broth, ginger, honey, and jalepenos for clearing up the nose! I don’t think this is just a good soup, it’s a *healing* soup 🙂 I only used a teaspoon of fish sauce because I struggle with the smell when its cooking, and it was still super tasty! It kind of reminded us of a mild miso or hot and sour asian soup. I will probably make it in the instant pot next time.