Spicy Sesame Chicken Soup


This quick and easy spicy chicken soup recipe is made with leftover cooked chicken and is spiked with garlic, ginger and hot sauce.

korean chicken soup
Active Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings, generous 1 cup each


  • 8 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic

  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger

  • ½ cup uncooked white rice

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1-2 teaspoons hot chile paste or hot chile sauce

  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken (see How To)

  • 2 scallions, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted (see Tip)


  1. Combine broth, garlic and ginger in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil over high heat. Add rice, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the rice is tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Stir in soy sauce and sesame oil; add chile paste (or sauce) to taste. Add chicken and heat through. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.


To toast sesame seeds, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

How to Poach Chicken Breasts

If you don't have leftover chicken but you want to make a recipe that calls for cooked chicken, the easiest way to cook it is to poach it. Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water (or chicken broth) to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes. (1 pound raw chicken = about 2 1/2 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

149 Calories
3g Fat
18g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size generous 1 cup
Calories 149
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 14g 27%
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Vitamin A 55IU 1%
Vitamin C 3mg 4%
Folate 64mcg 16%
Sodium 857mg 37%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 2mg 10%
Magnesium 25mg 6%
Potassium 392mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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