Spicy Chicken Egg Drop Soup


Inspired by the classic Chinese dish, this version of egg drop soup adds sliced chicken for protein and heartiness. The garlic, ginger and scallion pop in the dish, while the chili crisp topping provides a delicious layer of spice. Be sure to consistently stir the soup when adding the eggs to achieve the signature swirls.

Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion

  • 8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms

  • 1 ½ cups sliced scallions

  • 3 large cloves garlic, grated

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and thinly sliced

  • 6 cups lower-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce or low-sodium tamari

  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry

  • ¼ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 4 teaspoons chili crisp


  1. Heat sesame oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender and the mushrooms have softened, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in scallions, garlic and ginger; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Add chicken, broth, soy sauce (or tamari) and rice wine (or sherry). Bring to a simmer over medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, combine water, cornstarch, white pepper and turmeric in a small bowl. Drizzle the cornstarch mixture into the soup, stirring continuously. Increase heat to medium-high; cook, stirring often, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Using a ladle, stir the soup in a circular motion and slowly drizzle in eggs until egg swirls form. Divide the soup among 4 bowls and drizzle with chili crisp.

    a recipe photo of the Spicy Chicken Egg Drop Soup
    Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen, Food Stylist: Ali Ramee

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

347 Calories
18g Fat
15g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 1/4 cups
Calories 347
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 29g 58%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 266mg 89%
Vitamin A 665IU 13%
Vitamin C 12mg 13%
Vitamin D 46IU 12%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 68mcg 17%
Vitamin K 80mcg 67%
Sodium 621mg 27%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 44mg 10%
Potassium 636mg 14%
Zinc 3mg 27%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

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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