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Chicken Soup- Making the World a Better Place.
For those of us that live in the Northern Hemisphere it is that time of year again where the nights are drawing in and temperatures are dropping. Yes, sadly Mr Summertime has gone on his holidays and for the next 6 months we will have the company of Mr Winter along with his friends Ice, Snow, Wind and Rain! Great! Brrrr!
But fear not my friends for as cold as it may be outside, inside you can create some wonderful warming dishes to keep the chill at bay!
Today I am going to give you the recipe for the undisputed king of the winter warmers! That’s right-chicken soup! Hot chicken soup and cold winters go hand in hand, and this aromatic chicken noodle broth contains ginger which has cold and flu fighting properties. After a hard day’s work when you are too tired to cook anything demanding, and want some real comfort food, this is the answer!
900ml chicken or vegetable stock (or Miso soup mix)
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, about 175g/6oz
1 tsp chopped fresh root ginger
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
50g rice or wheat noodles
2 tbsp sweetcorn , canned or frozen
2-3 mushrooms , thinly sliced
2 spring onions, shredded
2 tsp soy sauce , plus extra for serving
mint or basil leaves and a little shredded chilli (optional), to serve
- Pour the stock into a pan and add the chicken, ginger and garlic. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, partly cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken to a board and shred into bite-size pieces using a couple of forks.
- Return the chicken to the stock with the noodles, corn, mushrooms, half the spring onions and the soy sauce. Simmer for 3-4 mins until the noodles are tender. Ladle into two bowls and scatter over the remaining spring onions, herbs and chilli shreds if using. Serve with extra soy sauce for sprinkling.
For extra authenticity why not serve it up in these Chinese soup bowls?
This is one of the tastiest, quickest and easiest soups that you will ever make. It’s so easy that even my girlfriend, who has earned the name “Can’t cook, Cant cook” takes pleasure in making this for the family. The beauty of it is that the ingredients can almost always be found in your fridge or larder, and if you are missing something then improvise!
Great tasting food just does not get any easier than this!
I hope you enjoy this soup as much as my family and I do.