Fresher’s Flu Alert: Cook Some Chicken Noodle Soup!

This is going to be a really rushed and vague recipe. I didn’t take any photos of the making, didn’t note down ingredients or timings, as I wasn’t going to be sharing it – I did not expect it to be good. It actually turned out to be one of the best meals I’ve ever cooked! I have slight Fresher’s flu, made worse by the recovery from my operation, and all I wanted was something comforting, fragrant, and easy to cook for my lunch. This fitted the bill perfectly, and I will definitely be making it again. I really recommend anyone suffering to try it!


Ingredients (to serve 1, with a huge greedy helping):

  • Chicken (maybe half a breast, I used uncooked but you could just use cooked if you have any) – you want this is small pieces
  • Chicken stock (around 500ml)
  • Garlic (I used powder)
  • Chilli (I used crushed dried chillies)
  • Soy sauce
  • Sweet chilli sauce
  • Peanut butter (no more than a teaspoon)
  • Carrot
  • Noodles (1 nest)
  • Any other vegetables/seasonings you fancy, although for comforting purposes I felt these ingredients were fine


  1. Put the stock in a pan and bring to the boil. Add the seasoning as its warming, and stir in the peanut butter.
  2. Once boiling, throw in your small bits of chicken.
  3. If using raw chicken, simmer for around 10 or so minutes (check to make sure your chicken is cooked – I recommend cutting to large marble sized pieces in this recipe).
  4. Add in any extra vegetables where necessary to ensure they cook.
  5. Break up your noodles (I know this is apparently bad luck, but I don’t fancy crunchy ones!) so they fit fully submerged in the pan.
  6. Add your noodles and carrots to the pan, and cook following the noodle instructions. Mine involve turned the heat off, so I just covered my pan and left it for 5 minutes.
  7. If you want to jazz up this recipe to impress, I suggest a scattering of something crunchy (sesame seeds, or cashew nuts), some fresh coriander, and maybe a squeeze of lime.
  8. Now just serve up, slurp up the noodles, and let the spicy warmth sort out your Fresher’s Flu. Or any other kind of cold.

If you are unfortunate to have the dreaded Fresher’s Flu (and don’t try to avoid it, most people get it!), I suggest drinking lots of orange juice, eating well, keeping warm and maybe having a few early nights. And definitely try this soup!


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Hope you enjoy this recipe! What do you cook when you need comfort food?