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Slim Pickings Noodle Soup with Chicken Add to ...

After many rich meals over the holiday season, a light and spicy one-bowl soup is just the thing to refresh and restore the overindulged body. If you wish, you can use salmon or shrimp instead of chicken. The garnish is important for both the look and taste.

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  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Ready time: 45 minutes
  • Servings: 2

Soup

1 6-ounce (175-gram) boneless, skinless chicken breast

2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

2 shallots, sliced

5 cups chicken or fish broth

2 teaspoons grated ginger

1 teaspoon Chinese chili sauce

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

4 ounces (125 grams) ramen or instant noodles

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

3 shiitake mushrooms, sliced

2 green onions, slivered

1 carrot, cut in julienne strips

2 tablespoons fresh coriander, slivered

2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, slivered

Garnish

1 lime, cut in wedges

Sprigs of mint and coriander

Red chilis

1 cup bean sprouts

Method

Marinate chicken with teriyaki sauce for 20 minutes. Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat, then add shallots and fry until brown and crispy. Drain and reserve.

Combine chicken broth, ginger, chili sauce, fish sauce and vinegar in a pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

Rinse noodles in a colander. Grill or broil chicken for about 2 to 3 minutes per side or until juices are clear.

Cool slightly and shred.

Reserve.

Add onions, mushrooms, green onions, coriander, mint, chicken and noodles to broth. Taste for seasoning, adding more fish sauce or rice vinegar as needed.

Cook for two minutes more or until everything is hot. Divide into two large bowls. Sprinkle shallots over soup and serve with lime wedges, mint, coriander, chilis and bean sprouts on the side.

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