Spicy Tomato Chicken Noodle Soup

Spicy Tomato Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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This soup has got good spice from a teaspoon of half-sharp Hungarian paprika, good savory flavor from tomato paste, ginger, chicken broth, sautéed onion and garlic and good substance from a shredded chicken breast and ramen noodles. It’s a wonderful way to get rid of leftover chicken and/or Asian noodles and really couldn’t be easier to make; the whole process takes about 15 minutes!

Spicy Tomato Chicken Noodle Soup
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Serves: 4
  • 4 ounces raw ramen or other Asian-style noodles
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ small red onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika*
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cooked chicken breast or other left-over chicken, shredded
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  1. Cook the noodles according to package instructions. Set aside.
  2. In a Dutch oven heat the oil until shimmering.
  3. Add the onion and cook until it starts to soften, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, paprika, ginger and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add chicken broth and water and bring to a boil.
  6. Add the chicken and the cooked noodles.
  7. Garnish with green onion and serve.

Food Photography and Styling: Once again I used my espresso machine to produce the steam in this photo and I think it turned out “cute” (for lack of a better word). Since this is an Asian-inspired recipe I used chopsticks and a sake flask and cup as props and I arranged them such that they helped to lead the eye through the frame. I kept most of the frame quite dark to keep the focus on the brightly-colored soup and as almost always, I used my strobe to light the set.
Nikon D600, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec., ISO 100. One Hensel Integra Pro Plus 500 Monolight, 35″ x 58″ Softbox.

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  1. Wendi Spraker says:

    Beautiful and awesome! I have enjoyed reading about your espresso machine and it makes me think that I too would love to capture some steam! Thank you so much for sharing your photography tips – it means a lot to us beginners!

  2. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says:

    Well, Nicole all you had to say was spicy and you have my undivided attention. I love your take on the soup and we are big Penzy’s aficionados and when we use paprika we always go for the smokey taste — I’m sure that would be wonderful with this post.

    • Nicole B. says:

      Spicy! Spicy food is exciting, isn’t it? I’ve actually not bought that many spices from Penzeys (The Savory Spice Shop is my go-to) but I really do love Penzeys paprikas! :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you, Fida! I’m so sorry to hear that you are sick, I hope you get better soon. Wish I could bring you some soup!

  3. Megan says:

    I love how you used Asian noodles! It looks really tempting. Just curious, is using a macro lens your go to for food photography? I don’t have one yet and choosing my next lens to buy is so challenging.

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