Chicken Vermicelli Soup

By Eileen Goltz,

I had this soup at a dinner party last year and was totally wowed by its intense flavor. Especially good when fresh corn is in season.


4 to 5 pounds skinless chicken backs, necks and wings
2 ears of corn, kernels cut off and cobs reserved
2 green onions cut in half
One 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped
2 large garlic cloves
Kosher salt
8 ounces dry rice vermicelli
2 teaspoons oil
Two 6-ounce skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup soy sauce
Basil leaves and thinly sliced Thai chilies, for garnish


In a large pot, combine the chicken parts with the corn cobs, scallions, ginger, garlic, 2 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 4 quarts of water and bring just to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, skimming the surface, until the stock is flavorful, about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the vermicelli until al dente, about 2 minutes. Drain and cool under running water. Transfer the vermicelli to a bowl and toss with the oil to prevent sticking. Strain the stock into the large saucepan. You should have about 2 1/2 quarts of stock; add water if needed. Add the chicken breasts to the saucepan and return the stock just to a boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat, cover and let stand until the chicken is just cooked through, about 20 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a plate; let cool slightly, then shred.

Add the corn kernels to the stock and bring just to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the corn is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the shredded chicken and the soy sauce and season with salt. To serve, fill bowls with the vermicelli and ladle the soup on top. Garnish with basil leaves and Thai chilies and serve.


From Chef Kuniko Yagi/Hinoki & the Bird Restaurant/ recipe published in FOOD AND WINE MAGAZINE September 2013 (modified).

Recipe: kosher, meat, soup