Clodagh McKenna’s chicken noodle soup

I call this chicken noodle soup my ‘bowl of hugs’ as it’s so comforting. It’s a foolproof recipe that you can make without too much effort when you get home from work. You can swap the pak choi with lots of other greens, such as kale, spinach, chard or even frozen peas.

Clodagh McKenna's chicken noodle soup
Dora Kazmierak


1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
3 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 lemongrass stalk, thinly sliced
1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 celery stick, thinly sliced
500ml hot, good quality chicken stock
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 7.5cm strips
250g egg noodles
200g pak choi, sliced
1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Place a saucepan or casserole over a low-medium heat with the oil. Stir in the garlic, ginger, spring onions, lemongrass, chilli and celery, cover and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring after a minute. Remove the lid, stir and pour in the hot chicken stock. Stir in the chicken, season with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes.

2. Stir in the noodles and pak choi and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Ladle the chicken noodle soup into warmed bowls and sprinkle the fresh coriander on top.

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clodagh's weeknight kitchenOur recipes are taken from Clodagh’s Weeknight Kitchen and Clodagh’s Suppers, published by Kyle Books, both priced £20. To order at discounted prices until 17 January, go to or call 020 3308 9193. Free UK delivery on orders over £15