Sunday, March 1, 2015

Secret Recipe Club: Chicken Udon Noodle Soup

My partner for this month's Secret Recipe Club was Claire of Claire K Creations.  This month, my sweetie was sick and so I was in search of a chicken noodle soup recipe.  Claire had a fantastic recipe with an Asian twist that seemed like it would be a great choice.  I had to make a few substitutions because the grocery store was pretty sold out of things -- we're on our millionth blizzard of the year here in the Boston area! -- but the soup was still amazing. Ginger, shallots, and garlic make the broth super-fragrant, and the combination of chicken, carrots, and cauliflower is both filling and healthy.  You can definitely be flexible here -- snow peas, broccoli, or fennel would all be very tasty.  The soup is ladled over udon noodles, which are one of my favorites.  Finally, you can never go wrong with a sprinkle of fresh, green herbs on top -- they just brighten up the whole dish.  Fresh mint is fantastic, but cilantro, scallions, or parsley would be lovely too.  This soup will warm you up on a cold day, even if there's another blizzard on the way!

Chicken Udon Noodle Soup (adapted from Claire K Creations, original recipe here)

3 ounces udon noodles
1 T sesame oil
1/2 cup minced shallots
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp minced ginger
1 small chicken breast, diced (or sub shredded, cooked chicken if you have it on hand)
3 small carrots, diced
2 cups cauliflower, diced
4 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
Fresh mint, to serve

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the udon noodles and cook according to package instructions.
2. Meanwhile, in a soup pot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic, and ginger, and saute for about 5 minutes, until soft and transparent.  Add the chicken, carrots, and cauliflower and saute for another 5 minutes.
3. Add the chicken stock, soy sauce, and sugar.  Bring to a boil, and then simmer until the veggies are tender and the chicken is cooked through.
4. Rinse off several mint leaves and line them up in a stack.  Thinly slice.
5. To serve, add noodles to a bowl.  Top with a few ladles of soup.  Sprinkle with fresh mint leaves to serve.


  1. It's so cold and rainy here. I could sure use a bowlful of your delicious soup.

  2. Yes...noodle soup is so perfect for when you're feeling under the weather or need to warm up! So much snow here...need noodle soup! : )

  3. Cannot beat chicken noodle soup - Hope everyone is feeling better and your weather improves soon! #secretrecipeclub

  4. I love the chewiness of udon and this take on chicken noodle soup. Wonderful SRC post!

  5. This looks like a big bowl of comfort. Wonderful!

  6. What a beautiful bowl of soup! I love everything about it - ingredients used to make it and the colorful appeal to it too :-)