There has been a lot of talk recently about how Chicken Soup can help fight off colds. From anti-inflammatory effects to hydrating the body and clearing sinuses, this kitchen staple can be a great defense against cold and flu season. We are loving the Asian flair to this soup, as well as the added bonus nutrients of the Ginger, Garlic and Bok Choy.
- 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 tblsp EVOO
- 1.5 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2.5 tblsp ginger
- 1 tblsp garlic
- 1 lb portobello mushrooms
- 2 tblsp soy sauce
- 5 c. chicken broth
- 5 c. water
- 1 lb bok choy
- 1 6oz pkg Mei Fun noodles
I a large glass dish, marinate the chicken thighs using a 1/2 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Chinese Five Spice Powder, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes for at least 24 hours.
- After the chicken has marinated, warm a stock pot with 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium high heat.
- Sear the chicken thighs in small batches for about 5 minutes. (Only sear the chicken, you do not want to cook it all the way through at this point).
- Remove seared chicken from the heat and set aside on a plate to cool.
- Keep the oil and chicken drippings in the pot and reduce heat to medium.
- Add in the ginger and garlic, allow to cook for about 1-2 minutes.
- Add in the mushrooms and stir thoroughly.
- Add in the soy sauce, chicken broth and water. After adding in liquid, cut the chicken in bite sized pieces and add into liquid.
- Reduce heat to medium low and allow to cook for about 20 mins.
- While the soup is cooking, cut the Bok Choy by removing the base and dice all of the remaining green leafs. (You want your Bok Choy cut chunky). Soak the Bok Choy in cold water to thoroughly remove all dirt, about 20 minutes.
- After the 20 minutes have passed, drain the Bok Choy and rinse one more time and then add into soup to allow to cook.
- Prepare the Mei Fun by soaking in hot water for 10 minutes which is the perfect amount of time for the Bok Choy to finish cooking in your soup.
- When the Mei Fun is done, drain Mei Fun and add into soup.
Tip: This recipe freezes well!