Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup is a definite winter warmer. It is not the traditional chicken soup or chicken broth as we are accustomed to eating in Europe and the US.
In comparison, this chicken soup recipe has tons of Asian flavour running through it. The best part is that this Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup only takes twenty minutes to prepare.
Unlike the usual chicken soup that takes hours to cook in a crockpot, with this Chinese recipe you can relax and enjoy your evening. So don't even think for a second that you should order this soup from a Chinese takeaway.
Make your very own fakeaway in the comfort of your own kitchen in just a matter of minutes. In addition, you can use leftovers from a chicken or a smoked turkey from yesterday's dinner.
This soup is all about being sustainable which I am all about! I hope you enjoy making this classic Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup.
Don't be afraid to add ingredients to make it your own and use up the leftovers in your fridge. Indulge in this comfort-food chicken recipe!
authentic Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup
When it comes to keeping to traditional Chinese cooking, you have to try this Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup. It is made up of very few ingredients such as garlic, ginger, sweetcorn, chicken stock, chicken and spring onions simmered in a saucepan.
Hence, the soup is perfect for making a cheap meal during the week, as it contains inexpensive ingredients. It is generally seasoned with a variety of sauces. These include soy sauce and of course the addition of sesame oil.
However, if you don't have these at home you won't ruin the integrity of the soup. Ultimately, what gives this Chinese soup its nutritional value and originality is the addition of egg, which also gives a creamy consistency.
So, you too can make an authentic Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup wherever you are, and it will still taste as if it's been made in China!
products you need for this recipe
Here's a list of the top products you'll need to make this classic Chinese takeaway recipe:
- large saucepan - you always need one when making soup!
- soup ladle - this makes life easier when serving soup.
- Chinese bowls - for the authentic Chinese dining experience!
- porcelain soup spoons - to complement the soup bowls.
best chicken for Chinese chicken soup
I always say that the best recipes don't necessarily have to be made up of gourmet ingredients for them to taste out of this world. My secret to making the best Chinese chicken soup is the main ingredient – which is the chicken, of course!
First of all, as with any chicken recipe, I encourage you to always brine your chicken beforehand for the juiciest and most tender results. The last thing you want is stringy chicken, even if you serve it in a soup. So, check out my guide on brining chicken.
Next, have you ever eaten smoked chicken in a salad or a sandwich? It makes all the difference when it comes to adding that rich taste! The same goes for this Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup.
My advice is, make a whole smoked chicken for dinner and serve it the night before. You can toss any leftovers from the chicken into the soup.
Furthermore, even if you separately make smoked chicken breasts or smoked chicken thighs, you can pull the meat off and use it. That smoky flavour will be present throughout the soup.
It will pair very well with the freshness of the spring onions and the sweetness of the corn.
Chinese chicken and sweetcorn noodle soup
If you feel like the chicken soup lacks filling, even though it has lots of protein in it, you can still add egg noodles. Consider using the noodles as I did in this Asian recipe.
Alternatively, you can also use rice noodles, which are a little bit thinner and more appropriate for this Chinese soup. In authentic Chinese cuisine, most soups are made with noodles.
Also, it is not uncommon to add ginger, rice wine and dried goji berries. For more extensive information on traditional Chinese soups, click right here.
healthy chicken and sweetcorn soup
If you are cautious about calories, you needn't worry. You can easily spin this recipe in a lighter direction. Although, the soup itself is already light in calories and quite nutritional.
First, to make this soup more filling but light, add courgetti instead of noodles. The courgetti will fill you up in an instant. Next, you can also consider using a light soy sauce instead of the normal one.
Most importantly, to cut down on sugar, limit the amount of sweetcorn. You can also choose not to include the sweetcorn at all.
Instead, opt for using more green vegetables such as bok choy, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, or similar. I also like including mustards, because they pair excellently with the chicken stock. Feel free to choose the vegetables that you most enjoy.
creamy chicken and sweetcorn soup
For a creamy version of the Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup, simply add cream – though I recommend blending the cream, chicken stock and sweetcorn together with a blender prior to adding any other ingredients.
The sweetcorn will give it that extra sweet punch of flavour, as found in corn chowder recipes. Otherwise, if you've got your hands on a can of creamed corn and some cornstarch, that will also do the trick.
Some people also like to make a version with unscented coconut milk. However, the taste profile of this soup then resembles more of a Thai chicken soup.
I would definitely throw in some lime leaves and lemongrass and steer this recipe in a Thai direction. Ultimately, if you want to, you can do so!
I adore toppings on any soup, curry, stew, you name it. The best toppings for this Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup are the classic Asian toppings. These include a few bean sprouts, a dash of fresh coriander or parsley leaves.
For a bit of a kick, feel free to cut fresh red chillies and sprinkle them over. Traditionally, you can also add fresh chives, even more spring onions or fresh mushrooms for an earthier flavour.
Lastly, I love to add a splash of lemon or lime juice for a bit of acidity. Again, feel free to make this Chinese soup your own!Print
Chinese Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
Learn to make an authentic Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup recipe in the comfort of your kitchen. Use leftover ingredients to create this chicken soup.
- 15ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- 2.5cm (1in) ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 15ml (1 tbsp) light soy sauce
- 2 cobs (300g/10oz) sweetcorn kernels
- 1.5ℓ (6 cups) chicken stock
- 45ml (3 tbsp) cornflour
- 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
- 2 eggs, whisked
- 15ml (1 tbsp) sesame oil
- 2 spring onions, washed and finely sliced
- Fry the garlic and ginger in the oil for 1 minute in a large saucepan.
- Add the sweetcorn and soy sauce then fry for 3 minutes.
- Pour in the stock and let the soup bubble.
- Create a slurry with the cornflour by adding a bit of water with the flour in a cup.
- Slowly add the slurry in a thin drizzle to the soup while stirring. The soup should thicken after a short while.
- Stir in the chicken.
- Just like you did with the slurry, add the whisked eggs to the soup while stirring.
- Finish off with a splash of sesame oil and after dividing the soup between bowls, sprinkle with spring onion. Serve immediately.
- If you use dark soy sauce it will turn the soup brown. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it will look slightly different from what you’re used to from the takeaway shop.
- I cut the kernels off fresh sweetcorn cobs. You can use frozen sweetcorn or 1 can of creamed corn instead.
- Two cooked chicken breasts were used, which weighed around 200g (7oz).
- Try my classic Hong-Kong style sweet and sour chicken recipe!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Soup
- Method: Boil
- Cuisine: Chinese
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 252
- Sugar: 24.1 g
- Sodium: 1199 mg
- Fat: 11.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 50.4 g
- Fiber: 1.9 g
- Protein: 26 g
- Cholesterol: 96 mg
Keywords: chicken and sweetcorn soup recipe, Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup
I haven't had this in ages. You just made me hungru!!
Omg loved it I made it and all my staff and hostel guest loved it. I do love this soup but now I can make it myself thank you ☺️☺️☺️☺️
So glad to hear, Angie. Happy cooking!
I recently turned vegetarian. I omitted the chicken and used vegetable stock instead. Tasted pretty good!
It just proves you don't always need meat in a dish. Glad you enjoyed it!
Made this many times although I use creamed corn and five cups of stock . Also to save time , buy roast chicken from the supermarket.
I would make chicken soup
I don't know any! Blimey I promise I do eat! lol
A tasty chicken broth!
Serving size, it's says 1
I challenge anyone to think 1.5L of soup is One Portion!!
Having said that I did have two massive bowls last night and will eat the rest tonight for dinner. Very tasty, if I were blindfold I couldn't tell the difference between mine and local take away and I'm really happy because I'm not a good cook at all. But had to try this as you can't seen to buy it on a supermarket. Will definitely make again
Hey, I just checked over all the details. The soup serves 6. You must have checked the nutritional information which gives a breakdown of 1 portion. 🙂
I love onion soup!
I do like a nice pho, I still count it as soup!
haha, nice. Me too actually. I adore pho
Miso soup with tofu 🙂 So delicious xx
I would make a chicken soup
Probably a chicken consomme , which I love .x
I'm sure I would start with a Chicken broth as it's one of my faves for the cooler weather
agreed. same here
Probably a French Onion soup .x
omgsh! I love onion soup with lots of cheeeese on top
The Chinese bang bang chicken recipe.
check out my recipe 🙂
chicken noodle soup
I would love a chicken noodle soup x
right now - me too!
i like clear chicken soup
Love this recipe. I serve mine with a mountain of spring onions on top! 🙂
French onion soup, I love it.
Can this be frozen?
I don't see why not! 🙂
Jo m welsh
A lovely chicken broth always goes down well.
I love hot and sour soup
Has to be for me French onion soup 🙂
Chicken Clear Soup with Dumplings.If you do the chicken in the slow cooker it tastes lovely.
French onion soup
Clear noodle and vegetable soup does it for me.,
I love Miso soup
My favourite is a beef broth.
French onion soup
One more here for the French onion soup contingent! 😁
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Love a nice chicken noodle soup with dumplings
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Yay! Welcome and same to you Sarah!
I love Tom Yum soup which can be sort of clear depending who makes it!
Chicken noodle soup. 💕
A clear chicken broth served Vietnamese style as pho.
Chicken and veg!
French onion soup.
It's chicken all the way with me. there is nothing more comforting
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I love a clear vegetable soup 🙂
Winter Clear Vegetable Soup
Like a clear vegetable soup - put veg in my slo cooker with stock, slo cook then strain x
This recipe looks amazing, have saved to make later this week 🙂 my fav clear soup is probably noodle soup.
I love chicken noodle soup
i love a good chicken soup!
Ohhhhhhhh I love Miso soup!!
Crab and sweetcorn
I love French onion soup
French onion soup
Sheila Reeves (CakeReev)
I love clear onion soup, never made i myself though!
My husband's clear chicken soup
Chicken noodle soup is clear and I like it very much.
Thai chicken noodle soup
my favourite is French onion soup, made with vegetable stock as I'm vegetarian
Shrimp Dumpling Suimono
French onion soup
love homemade french onion soup
I like scotch broth
French onion soup
French onion soup.
my Mum's chicken noodle soup! It's delicious
I like Hot & Sour soup with crab
Chicken soup x
a chicken noodle soup
Amy Jo McLellan
I'm not sure but I'll go with chicken noodle soup!
Crab and sweetcorn for me
Can tbis be chillled and reheated? Thanks!
Of course! You can also freeze it.
My favourite recipe I've ever used for anything ever
Really nice, very close to Chinese take away style. Thanks!
My favourite soup as a child perfectly recreated.