Chicken miso soup recipe

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A chicken miso soup is a healthy, light soup using Japanese miso that's perfect if you're watching the calories or have a cold coming on

Chicken miso soup
  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories143 Kcal7%
Sugar2.5 g3%
Fat3.5 g5%
Saturated Fat0.9 g5%
Salt1.06 g
Protein22.6 g45%
Carbohydrates5.4 g2%
Salt1.06 g

Simple, warm, and delicious, this easy soup is ready to eat in less than 15 minutes.

Chicken miso soup is so easy to make - think of miso paste as doing the same job that stock would do in a chicken soup. Miso is made from fermented soybeans and this paste is an absolute staple of Japanese food. You can use it in glazes, marinades, and dressing, or as here, as a base for soup or broth. You should be able to find it in the world food aisles of most supermarkets. This soup is soul food - great if you are feeling under the weather. Plus it's seriously healthy - one of our great low calorie lunch ideas (opens in new tab).


  • 2 x 15g Japanese miso paste sachets (we used Clearspring)
  • 1 chicken breast, skinned and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ½ tsp grated ginger
  • 8 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • Dash of soy sauce
  • ¼ Savoy cabbage, finely shredded




  1. Pour 600ml (1 pint) boiling water into a pan and whisk in the miso paste.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the cabbage, and simmer for 10 mins.
  3. Stir in the cabbage, cook for 3 mins and serve.

Top tips for making chicken miso soup

Don't feel like you're cheating by using a jar of paste. Unlike stock, miso paste takes a long time to make - sometimes months or even years - so readymade is the usual option. For a more substantial meal option, add some straight-to-wok udon noodles to the broth with the cabbage.

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