My Favorite Main Course Soup These Days, Hot and Sour Chicken Soup Recipe

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Now is the perfect time to satisfy your soul with a piping hot bowl of chicken broth based soup. This delightful Asian style soup is a “must try.” It has the most amazing, rich tasting broth, that’s really addictive. My family loved it so much I actually made it a few times in the same week! You might even want to double the recipe and freeze some. With the addition of chicken and noodles it becomes a satisfying main course. The skinny on one bowl of soup is 221 calories, 3 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Gather all the ingredients and prep everything first, then this soup will come together very quickly.

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Servings: 4 servings


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  • 3 ounces Japanese Soba noodles or whole wheat spaghetti cooked
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 cups (6 oz) fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves (about 1 tablespoon) fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (from a jar), see shopping tip
  • 3 (14-ounce) cans Swanson’s reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 1½ cups cooked chicken, diced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced for garnish


  1. 1. Prepare the Soba noodles or spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. 2. In the meantime, in a large nonstick pot or pan, heat the olive oil. Add the mushrooms, garlic, ginger and cook over medium heat for 4 minutes. Stir often. Mix in broth, vinegar, soy sauce and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Stir in cabbage and chicken. Return to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  3. 3. Stir in cooked Soba noodles, lemon juice and remove from heat.
  4. 4. Ladle into each bowl and garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon sliced green onions.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 485g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 263  
Calories from Fat 100 38%
Total Fat 11.15g 14%
Saturated Fat 2.83g 11%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 1890mg 79%
Potassium 505mg 14%
Total Carbs 23.47g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2.6g 9%
Sugars 2.01g 1%
Protein 18.4g 29%
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  • Skinny Kitchen with Nancy Fox
    November 7, 2011

    Shopping Tip
    Fresh shiitake mushrooms can be found in most supermarkets. I bought it at Trader Joe’s. If you can’t find them use another type that you like.

    Most supermarkets sell Japanese Soba noodles. They can be found in the Asian section or use whole wheat spaghetti for this recipe.

    Chopped or crushed ginger, in a jar, can be found in the produce section near garlic, in a jar.

    Weight Watchers (old points) 4
    Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5

    SKINNY FACTS: for one serving
    221 calories, 3g fat, 26g protein, 23g carbs, 3g fiber, 980mg sodium, 5g sugar

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