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Spicy Korean Chicken Soup

Who doesn’t love a comforting chicken soup? This freezer-friendly version is spiced up with some epic Korean flavours and features silky smooth tofu, too. Tone down the heat by reducing the kimchi and chilli paste, and amp up the veggie action by adding whatever greens you have in the fridge.


Spicy Korean Chicken Soup

15 minutes
50 minutes

1 tsp vegetable oil

6 chicken thigh fillets

1 onion, sliced

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tbsp finely grated ginger

2 carrots, cut into bite-sized pieces

6 cups chicken stock

500g (1 lb) cabbage kimchi (use the juice and the cabbage)

2 tbsp gochujang*

2 tbsp soy sauce

300g (0.66 lb) medium-firm tofu, cut into 2cm cubes

2 tsp sesame oil

finely sliced spring onion (scallions), to serve

  • Step 1

    Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over high heat. Season each piece of chicken and cook the fillets for about 3 minutes each side. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook for another 2 minutes until onion has softened slightly.

  • Step 2

    Add the carrot, chicken stock, cabbage kimchi along with the kimchi juice, gochujang and soy sauce. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to low and cover with a lid. Simmer for 30 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Season the soup to taste with extra salt if needed. Gently stir through the tofu and simmer for 2 minutes to warm through the tofu. Remove from heat and add the sesame oil. Divide among serving bowls and top with spring onion.

  • Notes

    – Kimchi is a spicy and sour fermented Korean side dish often made from cabbage. Find it in the fridge section of Asian grocery stores.

    – Gochujang is a Korean chilli paste available from Asian grocery stores. If unavailable simply leave it out of the recipe and add a teaspoon of sweet paprika for added colour and chilli flakes for additional spice.

    Tips & Tricks:

    – The kimchi, kimchi juice and gochujang are all spicy ingredients. To make a milder soup reduce the quantities of these.

    – This soup freezes well. If making the soup to freeze, leave out the tofu and add it in once the soup it is defrosted and ready to serve.

    – You can load up this soup with extra vegetables like potatoes, pumpkin, spinach and green beans.

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What our customers say

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Spicy Korean chicken soup

November 30, 2022

This soup is wonderful! I was looking for something new, but not to involved, this hit the spot. Just like you stated in your article, you can adjust the heat intensity. The broth’s depth of flavor made the dish. I love your recipes, Marion, such great flavor, step by step instructions, wonderful results!

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I love your recipes

October 3, 2022

Love your recipes so much, Marion. Incorporate at least 2 -3 recipes in my weekly menus

Must say you’re my saviour

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