Speedy chicken noodle soup

Hungry but tired? Not to worry Rachel Allens fragrant noodle soup is ready and on the table in less than 15 minutes
By Rachel Allen
Speedy chicken noodle soup
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 100 g medium rice noodles
  • 800 ml chicken stock
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely grated
  • 4 x 2-3 mm thick slices of unpeeled root ginger
  • 300 g chicken breast or chicken thighs, very thinly sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp fish sauce, (nam pla)
  • Juice of 1 lime or ½ lemons
  • 4 spring onions, trimmed and sliced at an angle
  • 4 tbsp roughly chopped coriander

Tips and Suggestions

Five-minute prawn noodle soup:
Make as above, substituting the chicken with the same weight of finely sliced, raw, peeled tiger prawns.


1. Place the rice noodles in a bowl, cover with boiling water and allow to soak for 45 minutes, or according to the instructions on the packet, until softened.

2. While they are soaking, place the stock in a saucepan with the garlic and ginger. Bring to the boil, then add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes until the chicken is opaque. Add the fish sauce and lime juice to taste, then add in the spring onions and coriander.

3. Drain the noodles and divide between four warmed bowls, top with the soup and serve.

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