Skinny Thai Chicken Noodle Soup
Under the weather? Feeling a little blah? Or just need some soup to help you warm up? The normal “go to” recipe would be basic Chicken Noodle Soup. But, I am not a huge fan. So I created a new “go to” soup for the sick soul. A Thai version of Chicken Noodle Soup that packs a little heat to help open up my stuffy nose. I’ve also cut the fat and calories down as much as possible to create a “skinny” version. This soup is packed full of so much flavor, you don’t even miss it! The onions, garlic, ginger, lemongrass and fresh lime juice add some serious health benefits to get me back on the road to recovery!
Skinny Thai Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 TBS Grapeseed Oil
- 1 Large Onion, thinly sliced
- 3-4 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Stalk Lemongrass, cut into 2 inch pieces and smashed
- 2 tsp Grated Ginger, plus a disc size to sauté in soup
- 3 Kaffir Lime Leaves
- 2-3 Limes, zest & juice
- 2 TBS Green Curry Paste
- 2 32 oz Boxes Low Sodium Chicken Stock
- 1 15 oz can LITE Coconut Milk
- 2 TBS Fish Sauce
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
- 4 oz Rice Noodles, broken into thirds
- 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, thinly sliced crosswise
- 1 Cup Cilantro, chopped
- 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Salt & Pepper
*Heat Grapeseed Oil in large soup pot over Med-High. Add Onion, season with Salt and Pepper, and cook about 8 mins, stirring occasionally, until softened and starting to brown. Turn Heat to Med add Garlic, LemonGrass, Ginger & Kaffir Lime Leaves. Sauté 2-3 mins until fragrant, stirring occasionally so the garlic doesn’t burn! Add Green Curry Paste & Lime Zest and sauté another minute or so. Add Chicken Broth, Coconut Milk & Fish Sauce. Turn up heat and bring to a slight boil. Add Red Bell Peppers & Rice Noodles and simmer about 3 mins until noodles are al dente. Add uncooked sliced chicken and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 3 mins. Turn down heat. Add Crushed Red Pepper, Lime Juice and Cilantro. Taste. Adjust Seasonings as needed; fish sauce, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, etc. Serve with a sprinkle of Cilantro and a Fresh Lime Wedge!
*The heat of this soup is easily adjusted. Cut the Green Curry Paste in half, and leave out the Crushed Red Pepper Flakes if you don’t care for too much spice. The garlic and ginger gives it a natural heat!
*Lemongrass. Amazing flavor. I used a whole stalk. If you don’t grow your own, or can’t find it, you can use 2 tsp dried lemongrass. For the stalk, I simply cut it into 2 inch pieces, sliced it lengthwise, then smashed it with my knife. That was the soup can absorb all that amazing flavor. I also took about a 1/2 inch and THINLY THINLY THINLY chopped it up into the soup. It is very woody, so you really need to get it chopped up as fine as you can!
*Kaffir Lime Leaves. You should be able to find these in the International section of your grocery store. They are not usually in the regular herbs and spices section. I hope you can find these. It will change and intensify the flavor of the soup!
*UNCOOKED CHICKEN!?!? What??? Is this OK??? Yes. My tip here is to pop 2 cleaned chicken breasts into the freezer when you start to prep for the soup (15 mins). If it is slightly frozen, it is MUCH easier to slice crosswise into small “shaved” pieces. They really do cook up superquick in the soup. Literally, like 3 mins if you have the soup hot enough and chicken thin enough. Just don’t overcook the chicken…it will become rubbery and a tad chewy. This soup is best served right when finished. If you need to have is simmer for a bit, do so after you added the Broth. The Veggies and Broth are fine to simmer, just wait to add the Coconut Milk, Red Peppers and Chicken as you don’t want to overcook them!
*I used 2 Limes. One for zest, added to the soup. 1 1/2 added for juice. And 1/2 cut up into wedges for serving. I was only making this for the hubby and I last night, so we have some serious leftovers for lunch today!!!! Yippiee!!! But you need at least the juice of one whole lime to really brighten up this soup!
*If you don’t like Cilantro, try replacing it with Thai Basil!
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