Chicken and Bok Choy Soup

3 Oct
Chicken and Bok Choy Soup

Chicken and Bok Choy Soup

Fall is in the air, at least where I live. And that means SOUP season! This is another recipe I made several months ago during a cool spell. The hardest thing about writing a recipe months after the fact is interpreting the scribbles hastily written down while cooking and photographing. I’m sure at the time I thought I would remember what it all means. So if I’ve missed a step or ingredient, please forgive me! But what I do remember is how much I enjoyed this soup.

Don’t let all those bottled sauces intimidate you, as very little of each is used and 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!

Chicken and Bok Choy Soup

1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup grated carrot
1­ inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
4 to 5 cups homemade or low­sodium chicken broth
8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
1 serrano or jalapeño pepper, stemmed and thinly sliced
2 heads baby bok choy, sliced crosswise
2 green onions, green part only, chopped
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek (optional)
Lime wedges, for serving

Chicken and Bok Choy Soup Ingredients

Chicken and Bok Choy Soup Ingredients ~ I started to crop this photo but couldn’t after I spotted our darling Hannah Banana in the background!

Add the oils to a wok or Dutch oven heated over medium high. Add the shredded carrot and sauté for a few minutes, then add the garlic and ginger and stir until fragrant.

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.

Simmering the Chicken

Simmering the Chicken

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.

Bok Choy and Green Onions Added

Bok Choy and Green Onions Added

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.

Shred the chicken tenders with forks, then add back to the pot until warmed through.

Shredded Chicken Added

Shredded Chicken Added

Serve in bowls with a lime wedge for squeezing into the soup, to taste.

Chicken and Bok Choy Soup

Chicken and Bok Choy Soup

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23 Responses to “Chicken and Bok Choy Soup”

  1. teagan geneviene October 3, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    Kathryn, this looks and sounds delectable!
    Fall arrived here in DC with a “gully washer”… 2 (count ’em TWO) storm fronts moved in and decided to stay. I think one must be Republican and the other Democrat and they’re just in a stalemate… kind of like when they won’t approve the yearly budget. It’s been raining for days and days. Sooo it’s soup weather!!! This will be marvelous. Mega hugs!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger October 3, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

      Thank you so much Teagan. Sorry about those gully-washers! It’s in the 50s and gray and cloudy and drizzly today. I’m rushing off to read your final (sniff!) installment!

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  2. Bonita Lyon October 3, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    This looks wonderful!! You can almost smell it!!! It’s on my list along with others to make…Thank you!!

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  3. Gerlinde October 3, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    This soup is perfect to sneak some vegetables into my hubby’s diet. Book choy is some of the few vegetables he will eat.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger October 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

      I think your husband would certainly like this soup, then! Thank you so much Gerlinde. 🙂


  4. Michelle Williams October 3, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    YUM! I think I have many of these ingredients already. Must give this a try. I love Bok Choy.

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  5. Maryann giordano October 4, 2015 at 6:35 am #

    Hi do you really need the fish sauce. Not sure if I would like


    • anotherfoodieblogger October 4, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      Hi Maryann, the fish sauce is not absolutely necessary, but it’s only 1/4 teaspoon, which is not much, but feel free to omit it!


  6. Conor Bofin October 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    Fantastic. The opening shot is superb Kathryn. Lovely soup. Obviously winter is approaching…

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger October 5, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

      Why thank you so much Conor! We were in the 40s and raining two days ago, mid-70s and sunny today. But yes, it is coming!

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  7. milkandbun October 7, 2015 at 8:16 am #

    I love such soups, even though I don;t have all those sauces, but Im sure it tasted great! 🙂


  8. ChgoJohn October 8, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    I’m glad I’m not the only one trying to decipher my own scrawl weeks after recording the recipe. Every time I clear my desk top, I come across at least one such scrap and, more often than not, I just toss it out. Glad you deciphered this one, though. This is a soup perfect for this time of year.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger October 8, 2015 at 9:19 am #

      Thank you so much John, it was maddening but it sure was a good soup! Take care. 🙂


  9. cheri October 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    We love bok choy here, funny I have never added it to soup before, bet this is delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger October 9, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

      Thank you Cheri, it’s quite a beautiful addition! I do love bok choy and it’s a very versatile vegetable.


  10. Lynz Real Cooking October 30, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    This soup looks really good! I had to laugh when you said you scribbled things down and yes I have done this many times! I love your blog! very nice and different recipes!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. D. Wallace Peach November 27, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    I’m using your recipe to make Turkey and Bok Choy soup!!! Yay, perfect for the season and my cold. I can’t wait. And by some MIRACLE, I have all the ingredients. That never happens. I’ll let you know how it comes out 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger November 27, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

      Oh YAY! I love it when that happens. I hope you enjoy it!


      • D. Wallace Peach November 27, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

        Well, it was delicious, especially with a little homemade bread and butter for dipping. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

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