Chinese Chicken and Spinach Soup

Chinese Chicken Soup
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Marinate: 20 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
164 Calories
7g Fat
8g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 164
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 1107mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 17g
Calcium 89mg 7%
*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.)

This very nutritious Chinese chicken soup recipe is made with fresh spinach leaves. This style of soup is especially popular in Eastern Chinese Cuisine


  • 1 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless, chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (or as needed)
  • 1/2 pound fresh spinach leaves
  • 4 cups chicken stock (or 4 cups store-bought chicken broth mixed with 1 cup water)
  • 1 slice ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Salt and/or pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pat the chicken breast dry and cut it into thin strips approximately 2 inches long and 1/8-inch thick.

  3. In a medium bowl, add the rice wine, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and a few drops of sesame oil to chicken pieces. Marinate the chicken for 20 minutes.

  4. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the spinach leaves. Wash the spinach leaves and cut off the stems. Blanch the leaves in a large pot of boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the leaves turn a bright green.

  5. Plunge the blanched leaves briefly in cold water first to stop the cooking process, and then drain thoroughly.

  6. Bring the chicken stock or chicken broth and water to a boil. Stir in the soy sauce and remaining 1/4 teaspoon sugar.

  7. Add the chicken strips. Bring back to a boil and cook until the chicken turns white and is cooked through.

  8. Add the ginger and spinach leaves and bring back to a boil. Stir in the soy sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning if desired. Serve hot.

  9. Enjoy!