Monday, April 7, 2014

Cherry Blossom Festival Week--Green Tea Chicken Noodle Soup

Today I'm sharing a recipe for an Asian inspired chicken noodle soup with green tea that I originally found on the Celestial Seasonings' website in 2006 (according to the print out that I've had in my recipe box ever since).  I used to make this soup while I was in grad school.  I looked on the website and it is no longer shared, so I will copy down my adapted recipe.

For this recipe I used Hojicha Green Tea by Mighty Leaf.
Green Tea Chicken Noodle Soup 
3 pieces boneless, skinless chicken thighs.  Cut into 1/2 inch chunks.
3/4 cup brewed green tea
5 ounces bean thread noodles (thin rice noodles)
4 cups chicken stock
2 (1/2 inch thick) slices of ginger root, lightly mashed (I used the back of a spoon)
1 cup shitake mushrooms, cubed
4 cups baby spinach leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Garnish:  fresh mint leaves and bean sprouts
Brew green tea.  Let bag stay in until the tea is very strong.
Placed the chicken in a large bowl and add the green tea.  Cover and refrigerate 1 hour to marinate.
Cover the noodles with warm water.  (I use the water in the kettle left over from the tea, once it has cooled down a little).  Soak until softened, about 10 minutes.  Drain.

In a big pot, bring the stock, ginger and mushrooms to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
Add the chicken, including the tea marinade, and noodles return to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
Add the spinach and boil for 2 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper. 
 Ladle into a bowl and garnish with mint leaves and bean sprouts.
Original recipe from Cooking with Green Tea by Ying Chang Compestine.  See here for the book.


  1. Yum! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I never thought to use tea as the base! It looks a lot like a pho.

    1. It is a lot like pho! That is actually where I got the idea to add a few crunchy bean sprouts.

  2. Yummy looking soup Carrie. I'm glad you left a comment on my blog, somehow I lost touch with you but I now have you listed under Tea Blogs on my sidebar.

  3. Good Looking Tea and I agree it reminds me of pho, probably cause the beansprouts and the noodles being the same as what's in pho. I think I'll have to steal this recipe and make it for my sister, I feel like she'd love it. ;)


Thank you so much for your comment! I hope you have a wonderful day :)