Green Tea Chicken Soup

I spent most of last week sick with a head cold, slurping down copious amounts of hot tea. As I was busy with Halloween posts and not very interested in eating regular food, Green Tea Chicken Soup became my life saver. Soup can taste like a 5-star meal when you’re sick, and luckily, with this recipe, my 5-star meal took just minutes to make!

As wonderful as chicken noodle soup is, the Asian gal in me insists on putting my untraditional twist on this favorite. It’s amazing how some slight changes to the ingredient list can instantly transform a homey, farmstead recipe into a unique and inspired one. Miso, ginger, and green tea are my secret ingredients here–they add just a touch of Asian flair without overwhelming the soup.

I found these organic green tea soba noodles at World Market the other day. These are great in any soup, but especially here, where their green tea flavor is also infused in the broth itself. These noodles have buckwheat in them, which helps to create a tender texture similar to that of egg noodles.

I use the green tea in a way similar to how a bouquet garni is used. A disposable green tea “pouch” strainer is filled and knotted so that the tea can release all of its vibrant flavor and later be collected and removed. The difference between my green tea bouquet garni and a traditional one is that the tea version is removed just after the soup comes to a boil instead of being left in the soup for the entire cooking process. This way, we can easily remove the tea before it starts to taste bitter.

While I like to use Genmaicha (Japanese brown rice or popcorn tea) to make my Green Tea Chicken Soup, you can use any green tea you like. I prefer Genmaicha here because it has a rich and toasty taste from the rice, but any not too expensive (and unflavored) Chinese or Japanese green tea will work well here.

If you’re feeling under the weather this fall or winter, this is the recipe for you! And even if you aren’t sick, this cozy soup can get you through the harshest of chilly days. Be generous with the ginger and green tea and you’ll have a classically soothing and antioxidant-rich combination that would leave any soup lover feeling completely nourished and satisfied.

Green Tea Chicken Soup

Makes 2 large bowls of soup.


1 Tbsp olive oil or peanut oil

1 tsp sesame oil

5 green onions, thinly sliced, whites separated from greens

2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces

2 stalks of celery, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces

48 oz low sodium chicken broth

1- 2″ x 1″ knob of ginger, peeled and cut into 3 pieces

3 Tbsp green tea leaves, put into a large enclosed strainer or large T-Sac and knotted (I used Genmaicha)

2 Tbsp miso broth concentrate (you can also use miso paste, but use to taste)

3 1/2 oz green tea or regular soba noodles, broken into 3″short noodles

1 large cooked chicken breast, shredded

1/2 cup enoki or shiitake mushrooms

cilantro, for serving

ground black pepper to taste


1 large pot

1 medium pot



large tea strainer or large paper tea filter


1.)  Heat olive oil and sesame oil over medium high heat until it shimmers. Lower the heat, add the white parts of the green onions, and sauté until softened but not browned, about 3-5 minutes. Add the carrots and celery, and sauté them for 3-5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, drop in the ginger and green tea bouquet garni, then increase heat to high and bring the broth to a full boil.

2.)  When the broth reaches a full boil, lower the heat to a slow simmer, then remove the green tea bouquet garni after a minute. Add the miso paste, cover the pot, and let the soup simmer for 15 minutes on low.

3.)  Meanwhile, in a separate pot, boil the green tea noodles 2 minutes shy of the package instructions. When cooked, drain the noodles and set aside.

4.)  After 15 minutes on low heat, remove the ginger knobs. Add the noodles, shredded chicken, and mushrooms, then bring the soup back to a boil. Serve piping hot with sliced green onion and cilantro, then add pepper to taste and serve.

27 thoughts on “Green Tea Chicken Soup

  1. this is delicious – healthy and beneficial! Eating Jasmine Chicken Soup with Green Tea Soba makes you feel energized–almost like you’ve had an immunity boost. This is a great winter soup!

  2. first, i hope you are feeling better! tis the season and i’ve been so diligent with taking vitamins and bundling up.
    second, you never disappoint with your tea infused concoctions. i used to watch vietnamese dubbed chinese soap operas with my gma as a kid and i remember seeing tea being dumped into rice to make an instant soup (most random memory ever, i know!) and i recall thinking, that’s weird, but i wonder what it tastes like?
    last, this is a roundabout way of saying your inclusion of green in your soup stock is something i’d like to incorporate.

    • Yes, I’m finally feeling better Lan…thanks for the well wishes! I’ve heard of a soup-rice combination like you described in Japanese cuisine but I didn’t know there was a Chinese recipe for that too (and I’m Chinese)! I’m not surprised though, as tea is used in so many ways in Chinese cuisine…I’ll have to look that one up now! I love Chinese soaps operas…never know what you might learn from them. 😉

  3. Sorry to hear you were sick and hope you get fully recovered soon!
    The green tea chicken soup is something that I definitely gonna try out soon. The combination of miso and green tea sounds so comforting and flavorful. Great idea! Your photos are amazing, as always 🙂

  4. i love this! chicken soup is my absolute fave, as is anything asian, so i’m super stoked to try this! hope you’re feeling better! chicken soup will definitely help with that. gorgeous pictures, as usual! xx, chaya

  5. Yum! This recipe is similar to ochazuke which I sometimes make but paring chickens stock with gen mai is definitely a winning flavour combo! Healthy and delicious to warm any tea lover on a cold day 🙂

    • Yes, I hope you can find some! The ones I bought were Japanese soba, but I’ve also seen several other Chinese brands of green tea noodles…hope you can find, and if not, there’s still tea in the broth! 😉

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