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Spicy Hot and Sour Chicken Soup

Updated on January 15, 2014
A bowl of spicy hot and sour chicken soup
A bowl of spicy hot and sour chicken soup | Source

Ideal Soup for the Freezing Souls

I have always pondered upon the idea how would I be able to survive winter without catching cold for once? Something that would not only help me to stay warm but also help to revive my numb senses. A flu shot, a cup of hot cocoa, a peg of bitter brandy or by simply switching on the room heater and hiding under a blanket! Well, what will that 'something' be?

When I was suffering from a sore throat infection just before Christmas, a friend of mine told me, "Why don't you have soups? It will be of great help to you." The idea immediately struck me and I felt that probably the dish named 'Soup' will help me get rid of my affinity to catch cold.

I started making soups at home. A fuming hot bowl of soup will not only warm your sore throat but also heal your entire system. Moreover soups are tasty. You can actually play with its taste by adding and subtracting ingredients according to your wish. Mind it soups are very nutritious too because of the limited use of oil and frying options. So this winter when it is freezing cold outside and every corner of your house has become bleak and icy and before you begin to feel an itch inside your throat better make some hot and tasty soup to reawaken your lost spirits.

My personal favorite is hot and sour chicken soup. I simply love it for its spicy and tangy taste. Also the fact that it is a thick soup endears it to me.

So here the recipe of my favorite soup is given below. The recipe is a simple one.I hope you will love it. Happy cooking folks!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves 3 people


  • 200 grams Chicken breast, boneless and shredded
  • 150 grams Button Mushrooms, freshly chopped
  • 100 grams Carrots, chopped
  • 50 grams Sweet Corns
  • 1 tablesppon Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger, finely chopped
  • 50 grams Spring Onions, finely chopped
  • 50 grams Cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teasppon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper Salt
  • 1 teaspoon White Pepper Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese Salt, optional
  • 1 tablespoon White Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon Chili Garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tablespoon Cornflour
  • 2 tablespoon White Oil
  • 5 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 cup Water
  • 50 grams Coriander Leaves, very finely chopped


  1. At first marinate the chicken with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce for about 15 minutes.
  2. Then place a wok on high heat. Add 2 tablespoon of oil. Add chili flakes, chopped ginger and garlic and saute them for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the marinated chicken in the wok and saute it until it looses its raw color.
  4. Then add chopped mushroom, chopped carrots, shredded cabbage, sweet corns, spring onions one by one and saute them for about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour chicken stock over it. Now add salt, sugar,chili powder, black pepper salt, white pepper salt to the boiling solution.
  6. After that add chili garlic sauce, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, vinegar. Stir the solution occasionally.
  7. Boil a cup of water separately and mix cornflour in it. Pour the cornflour mixed water on top of the soup. Stir the entire solution thoroughly.
  8. Beat eggs in a separate bowl. Gently drop the beaten eggs on the soup. Stir the soup continuously so that no egg lumps are formed. Eggs will start appearing in fine strands. Boil the soup until it becomes thick.
  9. Sprinkle some Chinese salt from the top.(optional).
  10. Turn off the heat and serve the piping hot soup with chopped coriander leaves and spring onions on top.Enjoy your own fuming spicy Hot and Sour Chicken Soup with your family and friends.
Chickens and veggies being sauteed -A riot of colors
Chickens and veggies being sauteed -A riot of colors | Source
A soup in the making
A soup in the making | Source
A piping hot bowl of soup ready to be served
A piping hot bowl of soup ready to be served | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: per cup
Calories 165
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 5 g2%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 15 g30%
Cholesterol 35 mg12%
Sodium 1556 mg65%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


  1. You can actually use more variety vegetables like celery, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots.
  2. You can even add tofu.
  3. Apart from chicken, shredded pork can also be used.
  4. All these ingredients will definitely increase the taste of the soup and make it more healthy and nutritious

Chicken Stock Recipe

I have bought packaged Chicken Stock from the local departmental store. I liked the reduced sodium version of chicken stock. I did this to save me a little bit of time and energy. For those who are interested in making chicken stock at home here is a beautiful video which will guide you to do so. Please check it out.

© 2014 Deblina Banerjee


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      Deblina Banerjee 4 years ago from Irving, Texas

      @ChitangadaSharan Thanks :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This sounds delicious and just right for the winter season!

      Very well done with nice illustrative pictures. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe and thanks for the Follow as well.

      Voted up and Welcome to HubPages! Wish you great times ahead.