Jackfruit “Chicken” Noodle Soup

  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 60m
  • Cook Time : 60m
  • Ready In : 1:30 h

Soup season is getting off to a good start this year with a brand new recipe in my house. I have only just recently discovered the wonders of Jackfruit. This tropical fruit has the texture of chicken/pork when pan-fried or roasted and then shredded. It has a slightly sweet taste but otherwise it absorbs flavors very well. For the past week we have been trying out all kinds of recipes and today I thought I’d try making a “chicken” noodle soup.

chaokoh_jackfruit_in_saltwaterI have not found the fruit fresh in the local markets but you can get it canned at Asian markets. It is important to pay attention to the can, as there are two kinds of jackfruit sold in cans. You want the young green jackfruit in brine to make this recipe or any other savory jackfruit dish.

The other thing you’ll need for this is a good “chicken” bouillon for the simulated flavor. The best one I have found is a vegan boullion from Edward & Sons, Not-Chick’n. You can get this at Whole Foods. If you can’t find that then just use a regular vegetable bouillon and add some turmeric for a bit color and flavor.


  • 1 can of jackfruit in brine
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • 1 cup dry noodles
  • 8 cups of water


Step 1

Shredding the JackfruitTo make the "chicken" you'll want to open and drain the can of jackfruit and add that to a bowl. Add in two cups of boiling water and one bouillon cube. Let that sit for an hour or so. The idea here is that the jackfruit soak in some of that flavor. Once you've let it sit for a while, then fire up the stove. In a skillet, add a couple tablespoons of oil. We use sunflower or safflower oil because their flavors are mild and won't interfere with our seasoning. Carefully add the jackfruit and fry until each side browns. Save that broth. Once the jackfruit browns you'll want to take a couple forks to shred it.

Step 2

Jackfruit simmering in broth Once it is all shredded then add the other bouillon cube to the saved cup of broth. Add this to the skillet and simmer until most of the liquid is cooked off. At this point your "chicken" is ready for the soup. You can roast it in your oven to toughen up the texture a bit more if desired.

Step 3

For the rest of the soup you only need to make some Mirepoix , add the "chicken" and more broth, and whatever noodles you prefer.


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Hi, I'm Justin. I've been a vegetarian for 28 years. When I'm not cooking up great meals in my kitchen, I spend my time building websites or writing on my blog.

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