Aromatic Vietnamese Chicken Meatball and Bok Choy Soup


Embark on a culinary journey to Vietnam with our Aromatic Vietnamese Chicken Meatball and Bok Choy Soup. This recipe is a harmonious blend of traditional Vietnamese flavors and healthy, low-carb ingredients. Each spoonful offers the delicate taste of ground chicken meatballs, complemented by the freshness of bok choy and a fragrant broth infused with ginger, garlic, and lime. It's a soul-soothing soup that's keto, paleo, and gluten-free, promising a delightful and nutritious experience.

Aromatic Vietnamese Chicken Meatball and Bok Choy Soup

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: Approximately 1.5 cups

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 160 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 5g (Net Carbs: 4g)
  • Protein: 18g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 500mg


  • Ground chicken - 500g (1.1 pounds)
  • Onion, finely chopped - 50g (1.8 ounces)
  • Garlic, minced - 2 cloves
  • Ginger, grated - 1 tablespoon
  • Cilantro, chopped - 2 tablespoons (additional for garnish)
  • Fish sauce - 2 tablespoons
  • Lime juice - 2 tablespoons (additional wedges for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chicken broth - 1.8 liters (6 cups)
  • Bok choy, chopped - 300g (10.6 ounces)
  • Green onions, sliced - 2 stalks

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Make Meatballs: In a bowl, mix ground chicken, onion, garlic, ginger, cilantro, fish sauce, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Form into small meatballs.
  2. Cook Meatballs: In a large pot or Dutch oven, gently place meatballs and cook over medium heat until browned.
  3. Add Broth: Pour in chicken broth and bring to a gentle simmer.
  4. Add Bok Choy: Stir in bok choy and simmer for 10 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through and bok choy is tender.
  5. Final Touches: Add sliced green onions and adjust seasoning if needed.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Gentle Cooking: Cook meatballs gently to keep them tender.
  • Fresh Herbs: Use fresh cilantro and lime for vibrant flavors.
  • Adjust Fish Sauce: Modify the amount of fish sauce based on your taste preference.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I substitute the ground chicken?

Yes, ground turkey or pork can be used as alternatives.

How can I make the soup spicier?

Add a bit of chili sauce or sliced fresh chili for an extra kick.

Is this soup freezer-friendly?

Yes, it freezes well. Just omit the bok choy and add it fresh when reheating.

Savor the unique and aromatic flavors of Vietnam with each spoonful of this Vietnamese Chicken Meatball and Bok Choy Soup. It's a dish that warms the soul and delights the senses, perfect for a cozy evening or a nutritious meal prep. Garnish with extra cilantro and lime wedges, and let this soup transport you to the vibrant streets of Vietnam!