Hot and sour prawn and chicken soup

Wonderfully light and fragrant, this beautiful Asian inspired chicken and prawn soup is deliciously healthy. Enjoy it for lunch or dinner on a cooling Winter's day.

  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 2
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Hot and sour prawn and chicken soup
  • 3 cup (750 millilitres) water
  • 4 fresh kaffir lime leaves, torn
  • 40 gram fresh ginger, thickly sliced
  • 1 fresh small red thai chilli, thinly sliced
  • 100 gram dried rice noodles
  • 4 green king prawns
  • 100 gram chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 100 gram snow peas, shredded
  • 350 gram baby choy sum, trimmed, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (40 grams) bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh coriander
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed thai basil leaves


Hot and sour prawn and chicken soup
  • 1
    In a medium saucepan, combine the water, lime leaves, ginger and half the chilli over high heat; bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10 minutes; discard leaves and ginger.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan of boiling water, cook noodles according to packet directions; drain.
  • 3
    Shell and devein prawns leaving tails intact. Add prawns and chicken to broth; simmer 3 minutes or until chicken and prawns are cooked. Stir in lime juice.
  • 4
    Divide noodles, snow peas and choy sum between two serving bowls; ladle over broth mixture. Top with sprouts, herbs and remaining chilli.


Make sure the broth is piping hot so it will slightly cook the choy sum and snow peas. If you can't find baby choy sum, use ½ bunch of normal choy sum or another asian green. Kaffir lime leaves are sold in small packets. Freeze the remaining leaves ­ they lose a bit of colour but keep all their flavour. You can use a packaged salt-reduced chicken stock instead of the water, if you like.

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