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Birds eye view of bowl of noodle soup with chicken, scallion, cilantro and fried shallots

Vietnamese Chicken And Glass Noodle Soup (Miến Gà)

Miến Gà is a super simple, light and delicious noodle soup with chicken. You'll love how light the glass noodles are, and how quickly
Course Breakfast, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
Keyword Chicken, Noodles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories 506kcal


  • 1 whole chicken, about 3-4 lbs (1 ½ to 2 kg)
  • 8-10 cups water about 2 liters
  • 1 small shallot or half an onion
  • 1 knob ginger, about an inch long
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon msg optional
  • 1 9.6 oz package Vietnamese glass noodles cellophane noodles, mung bean noodles, bean thread noodles, miến)
  • chopped cilantro and scallion for garnish/to taste
  • crispy fried shallots to taste


For the broth

  • Bring a pot of water or chicken broth to a boil and add a peeled onion or shallot, ginger and the whole chicken. Cook for about 45 minutes at a light simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the thickest part of the thigh reads 165° Fahrenheit or the juices run clear when the chicken is pierced.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, take it out and let it rest for 20-30 minutes so the meat can cool down and the skin can dry out.
  • Meanwhile, remove the onion and ginger and season the broth salt, fish sauce, msg and a handful of fried shallots. If you used store bought chicken broth, you may need less fish sauce and salt than the recipe calls for.
  • Shred the chicken once it is cooled.

For the noodles

  • To cook the noodles, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Turn off the heat and add a bundle of glass noodles to soak for 10-15 minutes. Soak longer for extra soft noodles.
  • To assemble a bowl, drain the noodles and add them to a bowl. Top with pieces of chicken, chopped cilantro, chopped scallion and more fried scallions before ladling boiling hot broth on top.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.8g | Protein: 28.6g | Fat: 22.7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 133.3mg | Sodium: 1642.9mg | Potassium: 32.4mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.5g