Bok Choy Chicken Soup

Bok choy chicken soup

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 to 5 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
40 Calories
2g Fat
3g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 5
Amount per serving
Calories 40
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 706mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 27mg 135%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 424mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A tried and true chicken soup is often a recipe staple that makes appearances during cold and flu season, as well as on the holiday table. But if you are feeling a bit tired of this standard recipe, why not explore one of the chicken soup recipes from around the globe? This quick and easy Chinese recipe brings together the quintessential comfort of chicken soup with the ubiquitous flavors of the Far East while pumping up the nutritional benefits with a bit of bok choy. You can use store-bought or homemade chicken broth; using a broth from scratch, or adding cooked chicken or raw, peeled shrimp, will increase the nutrition even more.

Serve this soup with fresh, crusty homemade bread, and a salad.


  • 3 cups chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

  • 10 leaves bok choy, thinly sliced

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for bok choy soup
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  2. Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan.

    Bring chicken broth to a boil
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  3. Stir in the red pepper flakes, soy sauce, Asian sesame oil, and chopped garlic.

    Stir in red pepper flakes
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  4. Add the bok choy leaves. Simmer for up to 10 minutes, until the bok choy leaves turn dark green and are wilted and tender.

    Add the bok choy
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  5. Serve and enjoy!

Other Chicken Soups from Around the World

If you would like to explore other countries' versions of chicken soup, there are plenty of interesting and flavorful recipes to choose from. A Thai chicken and vegetable soup bring together the flavors of garlic, ginger, lime juice, and coconut milk, making for a rich and comforting soup. The avocado, tomato, and onion in Mexican chicken soup add color and texture while the squeeze of lime juice offers a refreshing finishing touch. And kotosoupa, Greek chicken soup, is somewhat similar to a traditional soup with the addition of potatoes, diced tomatoes, and orzo while the country's popular avgolemono, or Greek egg-lemon chicken soup, uses eggs to thicken the broth and lemon zest to brighten the dish.

Chicken Broth vs. Chicken Stock

Sometimes it seems these terms may be used interchangeably, but chicken broth and chicken stock are actually very different. Chicken broth is made from chicken meat while the stock is made from the chicken bones. As a result, the chicken stock has a richer flavor due to the gelatin being released from the bones while they simmer for a long period of time. You don't want to substitute chicken stock for broth in most recipes. For example, chicken soup calls for broth because you don't want the richness of stock to take over. However, if a recipe lists chicken stock and you only have broth, you can add some more flavor by simmering the broth along with vegetables like carrots, onion, celery, leeks, herbs, and garlic.

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