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Soba chicken noodle bowl

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
35 min
10 min
15 min
Comfort food redefined! This noodle bowl, ready in about 30 minutes, is a Japanese-inspired delight that may become your favorite chicken noodle soup. Rich in flavor, the broth is fortified with tender chicken, shiitake mushroom umami, briny soy sauce and a calming ginger presence. Each bowl is veggie-packed with spinach, snow peas, scallions and peas the pop against the earthy colors of the broth and noodles. The generous six-portion yield, makes this a great recipe for entertaining. Soba noodles are quick and easy to cook, and have a unique nutty flavor from the buckwheat from which they are made. Most supermarkets carry these thin noodles in their international isle. If yours does not, try a health food store or Asian market.


Uncooked soba noodles (100% buckwheat)

6 oz

Canola oil

2 tsp

Garlic clove(s)

2 large clove(s), finely chopped

Ginger root

2 tsp, grated, peeled

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s)

12 oz, cut into 3/4-inch chunks

Reduced-sodium chicken broth

4 cup(s)


2 cup(s)

Fresh shiitake mushroom

5 oz

Low sodium soy sauce

¼ cup(s)

Snow peas

½ cup(s), trimmed and cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-wide strips

Frozen baby peas

½ cup(s), thawed

Fresh baby spinach

2 cup(s)

Uncooked scallion(s)

2 medium, finely chopped

Dark sesame oil

2 tsp


  1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add chicken and cook, stirring often, until chicken is no longer pink, 2 minutes.
  3. Add broth, water, mushrooms, and soy sauce. Cover and bring to boil. Stir in snow peas, baby peas, and spinach and cook until snow peas are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in noodles. Ladle soup evenly into 6 bowls. Sprinkle evenly with scallions and drizzle with sesame oil.
  4. Serving size: about 2 cups


Look for thin soba buckwheat noodles in the Asian aisle of supermarkets and natural food stores or in Asian grocers.