Sous Vide Hot and Sour Chicken Soup Recipe

I recently took a Thai cooking class at the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan and ever since I've been trying to work traditional Thai flavors into my cooking. Classic Thai food has an amazing mix of hot, salty, and sour and I tried to work that into this flavorful soup. The soup pops in your mouth, with bright highs of all the flavor combinations.

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The lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves might be hard to find in your area but they can both be ordered online from and stored in the refrigerator for months. I used peas, carrots, mushrooms, and collard greens but go ahead and substitute anything tasty you have around the house. You can also use pork, beef, or shrimp instead of the chicken if you prefer.

When I want to try some more flavorful chicken, I often turn to Crowd Cow.

Using sous vide chicken ensures that the chicken is perfectly cooked, moist, and tender. I usually cook it at 141°F (60.6°C) for long enough to pasteurize it. It usually takes 2 to 4 hours, but you can get a specific time from my Sous Vide Timing Ruler. If don't want to use sous vide, you can cook the chicken any way you want and add it as directed.

If you want to learn more about how to sous vide chicken, I have several guides.

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Sous Vide Hot and Sour Chicken Soup Recipe

  • Published: May 23, 2018
  • By Jason Logsdon
  • Total Time: 2 Hours
  • Cooks: 141°F (60.6°C) for 2 to 4 hours
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients for Sous Vide Hot and Sour Chicken Soup

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  • For the Sous Vide Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts (I personally love Crowd Cow)
  • For the Hot and Sour Soup

  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 4 fresh kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon Tom Yam, or other chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • To Assemble

  • 2 cups mixed sautéed vegetables, I prefer peas, carrots, mushrooms, and greens
  • Buckwheat noodles, cooked
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped

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Cooking Instructions for Sous Vide Hot and Sour Chicken Soup

For the Sous Vide Chicken

Preheat the water bath to 141°F (60.6°C).

Salt and pepper the chicken then seal in a sous vide bag. Place the bag in the water bath and cook the chicken for 2 to 4 hours, until pasteurized.

For more information on the cooking times you can read my detailed article which addresses why is there a range in sous vide cooking times.

For the Hot and Sour Soup

Cut off the top of lemongrass, using only the bottom 4 to 5 inches and cut into large chunks. Cut or tear the kaffir lime leaves into strips.

Place the chicken stock, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves in a pot and bring to a simmer. Let the flavors infuse for at least 15 minutes, and up to 30 minutes. Strain the lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves out of the soup.

Stir in the Tom Yam sauce and fish sauce and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Right before serving, stir in the lime and add additional lime juice, salt, or Tom Yam sauce to balance the soup.

To Assemble

Take the sous vide bag out of the water bath and remove the cooked chicken. Dry it off thoroughly using paper towels or a dish cloth. Quickly sear the chicken for 1 to 2 minutes per side, until just browned, then remove from the heat and cut into strips.

Place some of the sautéed vegetables in the bottom of a bowl and top with the buckwheat noodles. Add the sliced chicken and a ladle or two of the soup. Sprinkle the cilantro on top then serve.

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Nutritional Information for Hot and Sour Chicken Soup

  • Calories: 291
  • Fat: 6g
  • Protein: 34g
  • Carbohydrate: 23g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 90mg

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