Asian Chicken and Bok Choy Soup

September 13, 2016
8 Ratings
Photo by anotherfoodieblogger
  • Serves 4 to 6
Author Notes

Fall is in the air, at least where I live. And that means SOUP season! Don’t let all those bottled sauces intimidate you, as they keep for a long time in the refrigerator. And it’s always nice to have just the sauce you need when you’re in the mood for an Asian dish. I think I’ll make this again very soon, as the cool, fall air is making me hanker for some warm, soothing soup! —anotherfoodieblogger

What You'll Need
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1-inch knob ginger, peeled and minced
  • 4 to 5 cups homemade or low sodium chicken broth/stock
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
  • 1 serrano or jalapeño pepper, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 heads baby bok choy, sliced cross-wise
  • 2 green onions, green part only, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Sambal Oelek (optional)
  • lime wedges, for serving
  1. Add the oils to a wok or Dutch oven heated over medium high. Add the grated carrot and sauté for a few minutes, then add the garlic and ginger and stir until fragrant.
  2. Pour in the chicken broth, rice wine vinegar, oyster, soy and fish sauces to the broth. Raise the heat and cook until starting to boil, then add the chicken tenders and sliced chile pepper.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and cook at a low simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the thickness. Remove the chicken from broth and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  4. Meanwhile, add the bok choy and green onion to the broth. Optionally, add the Sambal Oelek if you like a little spicy. Simmer until greens are just tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Shred the chicken tenders with forks, then add back to the pot until warmed through.
  6. Serve in bowls with a lime wedge for squeezing into the soup, to taste.

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3 Reviews

Leslie December 2, 2020
My neighbor gave me a bushel of bok choy, kale and greens from her garden. Hence, I tried this recipe -- and it turned out fantastic. This will become a staple, and not just because I still have bags of greens in my freezer! Didn't have any oyster sauce or sambal oelek, whatever that is. But it didn't matter. Still wildly flavorful -- and very easy to make. I added sliced carrots, frozen peas, and some ramen noodles, which turned it into a complete and satisfying meal. Made a copy of the recipe and gave it to my neighbor.
Linda N. November 6, 2018
This soup is wonderful. As mentioned above, no spec on how much garlic to use, so I added 2 cloves. I didn't add the fish sauce. Just to powerful for my taste. I used China Lily soy sauce and just cut back a bit on it. This recipe is a keeper... !!
Jan October 22, 2018
This soup was delicious! The recipe didn’t say how much garlic to use so I used two smaller cloves. The jalapeño made it sinus clearing spicy. My husband called it “a keeper,” saying he would eat that again. Bravo!