Hot ‘n Sour Chicken Soup

Stir fried chicken and veggies and Asian flavors add a new dimension to chicken soup.


  • 1 pound egg tagliatelle, for wide noodles or whole wheat spaghetti, for a heartier soup
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander (half a palmful)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable oil, divided
  • A couple of handfuls of button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1-inch piece of ginger root, grated
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar (eyeball it)
  • 1/4 cup Tamari (dark soy sauce) or low sodium Tamari
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 small bunch scallions, thinly sliced on an angle
  • A couple of handfuls of crispy bean sprouts
  • Coriander leaves, for garnish
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • Sriracha or other hot sauce, to pass at table


Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add some salt and the pasta. Cook to al dente.

Meanwhile, trim the chicken and season with salt, pepper and coriander. Heat about 1 tablespoon oil, a turn of the pan, in a large, deep skillet or wok over high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 4 minutes on each side. Remove to a cutting board and reserve.

Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan, a turn of the skillet, and stir fry the mushrooms for a few minutes to soften and brown. Stir in the ginger and garlic, toss a minute or two more, then add the vinegar. Stir, add the Tamari (eyeball it) and the stock, and bring to a boil.

Thinly slice the chicken on an angle into strips and add it to the soup. Combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and stir into the broth. Let thicken a minute more. Add the scallions and bean sprouts to the soup and turn off the heat.

Twist a bundle of noodles up around tongs or a serving fork and pile into individual bowls. Ladle the soup over the noodles and garnish with cilantro and lime juice. Pass hot sauce at the table.

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