Ginger Scallion Egg-Drop Soup with Chicken!

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I woke up feeling a little under the weather last week and was feeling a little  very helpless. I had that awful feeling in my throat that you feel right before you’re about to get the dreaded cold. So I took some Robutussin, ate a clove of garlic raw (oh, yes it’s as terrible as it sounds), took ibuprofen and finally downed some Airborne. I wish I could say I didn’t do this all at once, because I sound really fucking crazy…but it was all within a few hours.

STILL. That wasn’t enough. Everyone knows the benefits (perhaps mostly psychological) of chicken soup when you’re getting a cold! Well, I found this chicken soup recipe from Gourmet on Epicurious. It has the goodness of good old fashioned chicken noodle soup and a muted version of the aroma of a bowl of Pho! Win-win.

I felt better within hours. Was it the soup, the litany of the other things, or an amalgamation of it all? Who knows, who cares. The only thing I care about it that I’ve only made soup from scratch once before so I was glad it turned out tasting good! And it’s really fun to pour a  beaten egg into simmering soup and watch it cook!


  • 6 scallions, divided
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (2-inch) piece peeled ginger, sliced
  • 1 skinless boneless chicken breast half (6 to 8 ounces)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper (optional)


Smash 3 scallions and cut into 2-inch pieces, then put in a 2-quart saucepan with water, broth, ginger, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer, then poach chicken at a bare simmer, uncovered, until just cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let broth steep, covered, 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop remaining 3 scallions and shred chicken.

Discard scallions and ginger from broth and bring to a brisk simmer. Add beaten eggs in a slow stream, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in scallions, chicken, and white pepper (if using). Serve drizzled with sesame oil.


2 thoughts on “Ginger Scallion Egg-Drop Soup with Chicken!

  1. Yummy! As you say, who cares whether it was the soup or not. Maybe it was the action of making the soup as well as eating it. I will try it. It looks delicious.

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