Spiced Chicken Dumpling Soup

I can't lay claim to this recipe, I can however, tell you that its mega tasty and you should try this one at home. Taken from the Saturday Kitchen Cooking Bible, its quite a fiddly recipe for something that looks very simple but the flavours are fresh and the dish is surprisingly filling. Warning note - there is lots of washing up so rope in a friend to help!

chicken dumpling soup with fresh chilli
This is a great cookbook with lots of recipes split into useful sections like 'breakfast & brunch', 'family feasts', 'planning ahead' and 'weekend lunch'. This recipe comes from the family feast section and is from Bill Granger.

Bill Granger cook book and  Spiced chicken dumpling ingredients

Ingredients (serves 4)

Recipe taken from Saturday Kitchen Cooking Bible. See the original here.

For the dumplings: 

  • 350g chicken mince - I used turkey mince 
  • 60g canned bamboo shoots, drained & finely chopped
  • 2 tsp freshly grated root ginger
  • 1 long red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the soup:
  • 800ml hot chicken stock
  • 350ml coconut milk - I just used a whole tin, who needs to be so precise? 
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves (or 2 pieces lime zest)
  • 3cm piece root ginger, peeled & thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp caster sugar 
  • 4 baby pak choi, halved lengthways
  • 60g rice noodles, soaked in water for 30 seconds & drained - I just used the ready for wok ones and tipped them straight in! 
To serve:
  • 2 sliced red chillies
  • 8 sprigs fresh coriander
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
  • Dumplingsput the minced chicken, bamboo shoots, ginger, chilli, coriander, fish sauce and cornflour into a large bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Using clean hands, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Wet your hands and roll the mixture into small balls; set aside.
  • Soup: put the chicken stock, coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves (or lime zest) and ginger slices into a large saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce the heat to low, add the dumplings and simmer gently for five minutes, or until just cooked through.
  • Stir in the fish sauce, lime juice and sugar, to taste.
  • Add the pak choi and rice noodles, bring back to a simmer and remove from the heat.
  • To serve, ladle the soup into serving bowls, dividing the dumplings evenly. Scatter with the chilli slices, coriander & shredded kaffir lime leaves.
Chicken dumplings being made
Slicing the fresh ginger
singha beer and thai chicken dumpling soup


  1. Mmm, it looksdelicious, definitely one to try here!

  2. Looks lovely! Even though I don't eat chicken I'd love to try this with pork or prawn. Think it'd be right up my street xx

  3. Thanks ladies! Give them a try, they would definitely work well with prawn and fish! :-)


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