Chicken and Soba Noodle Soup

My husband is one half Japanese. While he doesn’t enjoy raw fish sushi and some other traditional Japanese food, his taste buds definitely show his background:Rice, rice crackers, veggie sushi, miso, and udon. But his taste buds have adapted more to my cooking, than my cooking has adapted to his preferences. I have looked at certain Japanese recipes only to give up when there was a long list of ingredients I had never heard of before.

My mother recently got the Williams-Sonoma Soup cookbook, and I “borrowed” it. It’s full of beautiful pictures and some very yummy sounding recipes. Soup is where my taste buds sing. I love soup, all kinds of soup. I could have soup every day without complaining. It’s definitely my comfort food.

So I practically jumped with joy when I saw a recipe for Chicken and Soba Soup. I could get all the ingredients easily (and it sounded good to me) and had miso and soba in it for Joel! We liked it so much, I made it for dinner the very next day.

What I appreciate about this soup is that it is very easy and fast to make, tastes wonderfully, and makes a wholesome dinner. Doesn’t get much better than that, does it! I wasn’t able to find yellow miso so I used red instead.

1/2 lb dried soba noodles (I recommend 100% buckwheat soba noodles)
4 cups of chicken stock
2 cups of water
1/4 cup of yellow miso
1 teaspoon peeled and grated ginger
1 skinless, boneless whole chicken breast, 1/2 lb, cut into thin strips
2 cups packed baby spinach leaves
2 green (spring) onions, including tender green parts thinly sliced

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add the noodles and cook until just tender (my package took 6 minutes). Drain and set aside

In a large saucepan over med-high heat, combine the stock water, miso, and ginger. Whisk together and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the miso is completely dissolved, about three minutes.

Add the chicken strips and cook until the chicken is just opaque throughout, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until slightly softened but still bright green,a bout 1 minute. Add the green onions and cook for 1 minute longer. Taste and adjust the seasoning as desired.
Using tongs, divide the noodles evenly among warmed bowls and then ladle in the soup. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 bowls.
The soba noodles waiting for the flavorful broth.

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I love beautiful and simple food that is nourishing to the body and the soul. I wrote Fresh: Nourishing Salads for All Seasons and Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons as another outlet of sharing this love of mine. I also love sharing practical tips on how to make a real food diet work on a real life budget. Find me online elsewhere by clicking on the icons below!

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  1. says

    I made this soup yesterday, and it is delicious! It was my first time using miso and my first time to have soba noodles. It was filling, too, which made it a great lunch! I plan to keep it on my list of regular recipes!

    Thanks for posting such great recipes.

  2. Krysta N. says

    I made this soup and both me and my husband loved how simple, yet filling and nourishing it was! It went straight into my “tried and true” recipe list. 🙂

  3. Noralyn Clemons says

    Kimi! Wow! What a wonderful treasure trove I have found here at your site! I am quite new here and don’t know fully how to search…. I was hoping you included a suggested recipe for homemade chicken stock?
    Thank you for so generously sharing your passion, resources and wisdom!

  4. thank you says

    Awesome and so easy to make- I added garlic, chilli and eschallots as well as bok choy- it is going to be a weekly staple in this house- thanks so much for the recipe- I felt healthier just making it 🙂

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