Chicken Wonton Soup

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You must be thinking I have gone crazy to enjoy soup at this time of the year and I don’t blame you for that. Seriously, who enjoys soup in summer!! Summer calls for smoothies, spritzers, sorbets and something else that doesn’t start with ‘S’ but everybody’s favorite – ice creams.

Somehow summer and soup doesn’t fall in one sentence and yet, here I was enjoying my wonton soup in summer.

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It was not planned.. seriously!

There was some left over minced chicken which I had to use. So, I started to chop some vegetables and the plan was to surprise Arvind for dinner by making one of his favorite dish – Steamed Momo. Then, my eyes fell on some lemon grass stalks.

You see, I have this ‘special love’ towards anything related to lemon; zest.. juice.. leaf.. stalk. The smell of lemon is so refreshing that it always cheer me up. It’s one of those things which I never forget to buy.

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Once I sniffed those stalks, I started craving for a spicy Thai soup. And that’s how my dish started in one direction and then, landed in a warm bowl with some stock!

I know lemon grass in wonton soup is not normal but you should try it.. and trust me it tastes good.. so good!

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I am not much of a soup person but give me a bowl of tangy spicy Tom Yum Soup or a warm Wonton Soup at any time of the year and you will see me gulping it down like a happy bunny 🙂

This wonton soup was like a combination of both the soups. It had the soft dumping, clear soup which was tangy and spicy. It was one amazing dinner on a sunny summer evening ! 

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Chicken Wonton Soup


For the wontons

  • 1 packet thin wonton wrappers
  • 2 cups minced chicken
  • 1 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 1 tbs chilly powder
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 tbs soya sauce

For the soup

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 bunch baby bok choy
  • 2 stalk lemon grass
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbs chilly sauce
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Lets start by making the wontons. In a bowl, add all the ingredients for the wonton(except the wrappeand mix them properly.
  2. Take the wonton sheets and pour little quantity of the mixture in the center. Then, close the wrapper in any shape that you prefer.
  3. The key point is to make sure that there is no air inside the wrapper.
  4. You can make these wrappers in advance and refrigerate them for later use.
  5. For the soup, heat 2 tbs oil in a deep pan.
  6. Add the onions and season with salt, pepper. Saute till the onions are translucent.
  7. Put sliced carrots and chilly sauce in the pan. Next, add the broth and simmer the heat.
  8. Pound the lemon grass which will allow it to release the aroma.
  9. Then, cut it in half and drop the lemon grass in the broth and let it cook for 15 minutes.
  10. Finally, add the bok choy and the wontons and cook for about 5 minutes.
  11. Discard the lemon grass and serve the soup warm.

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  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    July 20, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Must. Have. Some. Wonton. Soup. Right. Now! Oh I am so hungry, and the addition of lemon grass in the broth sounds so yummy!

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    chinmayie @ love food eat
    July 20, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    It’s monsoon in India and the weather is perfect for your soup!! I can make this probably with a veggie stuffing 🙂

  • Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    July 20, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    My kids LOVE wonton soup. Your version sounds really good! I have to reduce the spice level, but the lemon glass and all kinds of veggies in the soup is totally my thing! Pictures are stunning Kankana! I should take a photography lesson from you since you live so close to me!!! 😉

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 22, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      Thanks Nami.. Would love to meet you. I love your photography and so many things to learn from you 🙂

  • Joyti
    July 21, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    I love a light, non-creamy soup in summer. Its delicious. And I bet this soup is really, really good with the lemongrass.

  • Manu
    July 21, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    This soup sounds fantastic! I LOVE lemon grass. You won’t believe this, but I wanted to buy some today and I could not find any… :-((((((((((( So I’ll have to wait for the weekend!

  • Maris(In Good Taste)
    Maris(In Good Taste)
    July 21, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    I could eat this delicious soup for breakfast-right now!

  • sayantani
    July 21, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    I love this soup and you have added everythign that I like in my soup. bok choy, wantons, lots of garlic and carrots….yummy!

  • Sissi
    July 21, 2011 at 3:17 AM

    Frankly, I am not surprised! I have just had a miso soup for breakfast and I could have your beautiful soup even when it’s 40°C!

  • Baker Street
    Baker Street
    July 21, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    Oh Kankana! Such lovely clicks!! I could really use a bowl of that soup right now!

  • tanja@tanjascookingcorner
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    July 21, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    It is quite cold here (in Austria) today, so a soup would not be a bad idea at all! LOVE wonton soup, and yours looks delicious!!!

  • Vimitha
    July 21, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    Looks so delicious and perfect for any weather.. Loved the simple nd flavorful dumplings…

  • Joanne
    July 21, 2011 at 4:42 AM

    I’ve been craving soup a lot lately, so I think you’re totally sane! And this chicken wonton looks delicious!

  • Couscous & Consciousness
    Couscous & Consciousness
    July 21, 2011 at 6:00 AM

    I love wonton soup so I am definitely going to give this a try – I love the idea of the lemongrass in here.
    Sue 🙂

  • Krithi
    July 21, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    I am too a big fan of lemon scented anything…
    Your soup is simply extraordinary!!

  • Jessica
    July 21, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Your soup looks amazing! I don’t care how hot it is right now – I will happily enjoy that bowl any time of the year. I feel the same way about ramen, seafood bisque… anyway! Beautiful photos too.

  • Taste Junction
    Taste Junction
    July 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Seriously adding lemon grass seems like a nice idea. Though I rarely ever make soup at home. But seeing, I think I should 🙂

  • sarah
    July 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Today it is 58 degrees in Seattle so you can go ahead and add me to the list of people who eat soup in the summer. Especially this soup- gorgeous!!

  • Apu
    July 21, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Good looking soup there!! Maybe I’ll try a vegetarian version of it:)

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
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    July 21, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Love wonton are a wonton mastreo babes…they look perfect 🙂 Even though its alarmingly hot in Vegas I dun mind this lemongrass the flavors! I hardly make wontons at home..its a reason to eat out when we feel like..but I m already feeling inspired ..Have a fab evening!

  • Kelly
    July 21, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    The funny thing is I crave spicy soups in the summer (and believe me it is summer here! 45C/115F – in addition to the chili sauce it looks like you might have some chili peppers floating around in there – yeah! – lemongrass is one of my all time favourite ingredients… so delicious and refreshing. I’m totally impressed with your homemade wontons… great post Tanvi!

  • aipi
    July 21, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    A picture is worth a thousand words ~ your stunning pics proved it all over again, can’t stop staring!
    The soup could liven up anybody’s day 🙂
    US Masala

  • Krithi
    July 21, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Kankana, reg ur ques, pressed barley looks just like rolled oats..

  • Ann
    July 21, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    This looks absolutely amazing! I love lemon zest, juice, anything, too! I’ve never worked with lemon grass before – I think you’ve convinced me. As warm as it is outside – if I was offered that soup – I’d enjoy it and ask for more!!

  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice
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    July 21, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    We have hot soup all the time despite our year-round tropical climate. I like to dump a big spoonful of freshly made grinded sambal into the soup. They say spicy hot foods cool your body down. True or not, I think it’s fantastic for our palate. So I’m loving your twist on the usually non-spicy wonton soup. Definitely a keeper!

  • Tes
    July 21, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    I can eat soup all years round… Summer, too, I am always slurping on hot soup…esecially something that sound delicious like this 🙂

  • rebecca
    July 21, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    lovely soup 🙂 my hubby keeps asking for it

  • torviewtoronto
    July 21, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    one of my favourite soups I haven’t added bok choy in it before looks wonderful

  • Aldy
    July 21, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    It’s so cold and rainy down here that I wish I could have of your lovely soup right now 🙂 This definitely goes on my list to try!

    Lovely clicks,



  • Kimberley
    July 21, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Ah yes, I can fall for soup any time of year too.

  • Vijitha
    July 21, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    I love soup and there is no season for me. Importantly I find soup easy to fix and they become a complete meal with bread. I love bokchoy, wontons and I name it, you have got it in your soup. Yummy pictures. I am sure it was tasted out of the world.

  • peachkins
    July 22, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    I am a soup girl myself and could eat soup even when its so hot… specially if the soup looks like this.

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    July 22, 2011 at 4:45 AM

    Chicken noodle I have done, chicken wonton I have not and by the looks of these pictures it is something I MUST DO! I can just smell the warm and yummy aroma coming from the kitchen right now! The celery and stock and dainty little wontons. So delicious!

  • Lilly
    July 22, 2011 at 4:45 AM

    What a great combination! Would eat this soup any day of the week!

  • daksha
    July 22, 2011 at 5:10 AM

    This Soup looks PERFECT…simple yet delish!

  • Rosa
    July 22, 2011 at 5:22 AM

    A delightful soup! So comforting and lipsmackingly good. I really like bok choi.



  • Jana
    July 22, 2011 at 5:45 AM

    This looks good. I have never tried anything like it and now I’m wondering why. I’ve also never tried lemon grass but you make it sound so enticing that I may have to pick some up to try very soon!

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    July 22, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    Wow, Kankana! Your version of wonton soup sounds fantastic…I love everything you put in it!

  • Peggy
    July 22, 2011 at 6:39 AM

    No matter how hot it is outside, I don’t think I could be able to resist this soup! It looks so tasty =)

  • Hester Casey - Alchemy
    Hester Casey - Alchemy
    July 22, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    A cross between wonton soup and Tom Yum? YUM! Two of my absolutely favourite soups in one. Divine!

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    July 22, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    Light and fantastic meal! Love the addition of lemon grass in them…

  • Christine
    July 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Love soup. This sounds like a perfect soup for me.

  • janet@fromcupcakestocaviar
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    July 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    I have always enjoyed wonton soup and it is always one of the first things I get at restaurants. Thanks for giving me a way to make it at home! 🙂

  • Divya Yadava
    Divya Yadava
    July 22, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Beautiful pictures, Kankana! I actually bought wonton wrappers from the market the other day and haven’t had a chance to use them yet. I know what I’m eating tonight :P.

  • Suman Singh
    Suman Singh
    July 22, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    This wonton soup looks so yummy. Its been a very very long time since I had this and ur pics are really tempting to try this soon..thanks for sharing!

  • Gourmantine
    July 22, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Never made wonton soup before (yes, very embarrassed about it) and yours looks so inviting! Beautiful photos as usual Kankana, have a nice weekend 🙂

  • tigerfish
    July 22, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    I am a soup person so definitely soup and summer is ok for me….LOL!
    Oh, and that lemongrass-infused soup….so good!

  • Natalie
    July 22, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    I love wonton soup at whatever time of the year and a hot & sour soup is supposed to cool you down, so you’re not mad! Your pictures are beautiful and please do the momos too, I love momos!!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM

      Hey Natalie, yeah I have the momos in my blog too.. you can follow the link :)We love momos too!

  • Life is Full
    Life is Full
    July 22, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Mmm.. your Tom Yum-Wonton soup sounds delicious!! Love the orangy colour of the soup. Beautiful photos too!

  • Kim - Liv Life
    Kim - Liv Life
    July 22, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    While I’m not much of a soup fan, this is one I could eat often. I think because it is so light… I just love won ton soup!!

  • Chef Dennis
    Chef Dennis
    July 23, 2011 at 4:29 AM

    this is definitely something I want to teach my girls to make, everyone loves wonton soup, but I don’t know anyone who makes it at home.
    Thanks so much for the recipe!

    [email protected]
    July 23, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    Have I mentioned that your photos are to die for?! Yeah, I have, I know, but they are just amazing…I wish I could grab that bowl off my screen and slurp up that soup! GORGEOUS!

    Congrats on Top 9, sweetheart!! ♥

  • purabi naha
    purabi naha
    July 23, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    Wonton soup? Anytime!! In Hong Kong, soups are served the whole year round. I don’t mind having (but must be very tasty, like this one!) soup in summers!! I love all your food pics!

  • Curry and Comfort
    Curry and Comfort
    July 23, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    I love most Asian Soups… even in the summer. This soup looks so fragrant and delicious. I can just imagine the impact the lemongrass gave the broth. YUM! Great job and congrats on making Foodbuzz top 9!

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    July 23, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    It does look gorgeous – beautifully done!

  • Jamie @ Wokintime
    Jamie @ Wokintime
    July 23, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    I totally get what you mean about having soup in the middle of a heatwave. Sometimes you just need to have some won ton soup!

    This was my favorite thing growing up, but I never made it myself until I met my husband – his parents own a Chinese restaurant. I’m glad to find a new recipe. It’s always fun to try making an old favorite in a new way. Thanks!!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Tadka Pasta
    Tadka Pasta
    July 23, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Mmm..sunshine in a bowl. Love this soup when it is done well, yours looks spectacular.

  • Nash at Plateful
    Nash at Plateful
    July 23, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Seriously, you’re not the only one to drink soup during summer. I just had a delicious bowl of Tom Yum chicken this weekend, can’t resist Thai flavors summer or winter! I’ve never tried wonton soup, but I can imagine how good this must have tasted especially with lemongrass, ah. Your clicks are way too tempting, I need to try this. Soon!

  • Ann
    July 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Congratulations on making Food buzz’s Top 9 – this was well deserved! I fell in love when I first read the recipe….

  • Tiffany
    July 23, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    These pictures are amazing!

  • briarrose
    July 24, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Sometimes you just need soup despite the weather. 😉 Beautiful job.

  • Ameena
    July 24, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    What a stunning soup…no matter what the temp is outside this would absolutely hit the spot!

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    July 24, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    I’m in for soups anytime of the year, don’t be surprised if I say i have never tried wonton soup looks amazing and that dumplings in it wow and my girl i like ur serving pot and those soup bowl and last two pic are winner!!

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    July 24, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    This makes my mouth water and tummy growl!

  • jillian m. {coffee, light and sweet}
    jillian m. {coffee, light and sweet}
    July 24, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    I will take soup any time of the year! I’m a bit of a soup fiend. And this looks delicious.

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    July 24, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    mmm this is so good Kankana..I love wonton soup and your recipe is just fantastic! thank you for sharing..will have to make it soon!

  • Skylar
    July 25, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    I love the pictures, and the soup looks really fantastic. Thanks for sharing this.

  • bakerbynature
    July 27, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    How funny is this; I literally got wonton soup from this little place in chinatown a few days ago… despite the 94 degree weather. I am so making it homemade this winter, and lemongrass sounds like a lovely addition in the flavor department.

  • christopher
    February 7, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Hi ur site.u really get the spirit of cooking going.
    Soup sounds fantastic.gonna try real soon.will let u no how it is.
    Made chic noodl soup once b4 and its a permanent resident at tabl now.
    First time makin wonton soup,sure its gonna b great.I need to now find
    a supplier of wonton wrappers!?

  • christopher
    February 8, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Found da goldn goosy egg ….. er …. I mean wonton wrapprs!
    I live in cape town btw

  • christopher
    March 6, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Wow,what a mission.this soup was luckily worth all the effort of finding all the ingredients.
    Got stuck first with wrappers,then chicken,then lemongrass,although latter two shops just didn’t
    have stock off on the day when I wannit to make soup.All in all,great experience it is very tasty and interesting.
    Oh,I couldn’t find bok choi eithr,although I know it scarce,so thought swiss chard would be a good alternartive.
    Substantially reduced the chilli thing,hahaha!I used half tsp of cayenne powder in filling which,at that qauntity,
    gave it a slight kick.And found a great mild chilli sauce marrying same recipe ingredients like lemongrass,chilli and ginger.
    Wow,the aroma is so good that I drew my flatmate out of his room downstairs,sniffing and investigating like a hungry mouse,asking “what’s cookin?”.
    Hahahaha,awsome!yea,you’ll probably think this strange but I decided to partner the soup with a super tasty greek salad
    containing romaine lettuce,tomato,olives,feta,cucumber,fresh oreganum,olive oil,salt and peppr.
    Bringing together asian and meditterainean was good.
    Thank u for recipe.
    Is a creative and tasty dish.

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