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Chinese Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 portions 1x
  • Diet: Low Lactose


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.


Units Scale
  • 15ml vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2.5cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 15ml light soy sauce
  • 300g sweetcorn kernels (from 2 cobs)
  • 1.5 liters chicken stock
  • 27g cornflour
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 15ml sesame oil
  • 2 spring onions, washed and finely sliced


  1. Start by heating the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add the finely chopped garlic and ginger, and sauté for 1 minute, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  2. Next, add the sweetcorn kernels and the light soy sauce to the pan. Stir well and fry for 3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  3. Pour the chicken stock into the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, letting the soup develop its flavors.
  4. In a small cup, create a cornflour slurry by mixing the cornflour with a small amount of water until smooth.
  5. Gradually add the cornflour slurry to the simmering soup, stirring continuously. You'll notice the soup thickening slightly after a few minutes.
  6. Stir in the shredded cooked chicken, ensuring it's evenly distributed throughout the soup.
  7. Slowly drizzle the whisked eggs into the soup, stirring constantly to create delicate egg ribbons.
  8. Finally, add a touch of sesame oil for an aromatic finish.
  9. Serve the soup hot, garnished with the finely sliced spring onions for a fresh crunch.


  • Cornflour Slurry: Ensure the cornflour is fully dissolved in water before adding to the soup to avoid lumps.
  • Egg Ribbons: To create egg ribbons, pour the whisked eggs slowly into the soup in a steady stream while stirring the soup in a circular motion.
  • Garnish: The spring onions add a fresh crunch and color contrast. Add them just before serving to maintain their texture and flavor.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Starter
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Chinese

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