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I know its parsley in the picture not cilantro, please forgive me

I love soup, and with summer coming a bowl of hot steaming soup doesn’t sound so great after a day of playing outside with the kiddies.  This version of chicken noodle soup is cooled off with fresh, cool veggies and cilantro.  I think it tastes best room temperature.  It does seem like a lot of components but I made this for lunch today in less than an hour.  The chicken cooks for a long time so that it is tender and easily shredded.

Asian Style Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 1 32 oz carton all natural or organic chicken stock
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 Tb onion, grated (or cheat and use 1 tsp dried minced onion)
  • 2 Tb soy sauce
  • 1 Tb brown sugar
  • 1 – 2 tsp sesame oil
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Black pepper
  • 4 Boneless skinless chicken thighs, or 2 breasts
  • 1 lb. Asian noodles like somen, soba, or udon

Garnish:

  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Shredded Carrot
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sriracha or Gochujang (Korean red pepper paste), (optional)

Combine chicken stock, ginger, garlic, onion, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, nutmeg, and pepper in a large saucepan.  Add chicken thighs and heat until simmering.  Simmer over medium low heat for about 30 minutes.  While the chicken is simmering cook noodles according to package directions in salted boiling water.  Most take between  5 and 10 minutes.  Drain noodles and rinse under cold water and set aside.  Grate the carrots and slice the cucumber while the chicken finishes.  When chicken is done, remove from broth and place on a plate or in a shallow bowl.  Shred chicken using 2 forks.  To assemble soup, divide noodles among bowls, ladle broth over noodles, top with shredded chicken.  Arrange carrots, cucumber slices, cilantro, and hot sauce on top of chicken.  Stir together before eating.  (Makes 4 servings)

For a vegetarian version, use vegetable broth (one without tomato), and tofu.  Combine the broth ingredients and add the tofu and simmer for 10 minutes or so.  Assemble the same way!

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