Ginger chicken noodle soup
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Ginger chicken noodle soup

This hearty noodle soup has a chicken broth which brings an incredible depth of flavour and is served with pak choi, fresh salad onions and firey red chilli. 

  • Serves6
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare25 mins
  • Cook3 hrs 15 mins
  • Total time3 hrs 40 mins
  • Pluscooling

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Ingredients

For the broth

  • 1 whole chicken, about 1.5 kg
  • 500g chciken wings
  • 1 large onion, unpeeled and halved
  • 1 carrot, halved
  • 1 celery stalk, halved
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 2 star anise
  • 75g fresh root ginger, sliced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp light soft brown sugar

To serve

  • 300g shiitake mushrooms, stems trimmed and larger ones sliced or halved
  • 200g frozen soya beans
  • 90g pack baby pak choi, selected stores only
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 250g dried fine egg noodles
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 lime, juice, plus extra wedges to serve
  • 2 salad onions, finely sliced
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced

Method

  1. Put all the broth ingredients in a large stock pot or casserole. Cover them with cold water (about 3 litres) and place over a high heat. Bring to a simmer, skim any scum off the surface, then turn to the lowest heat and simmer as gently as possible (you want a few small bubbles coming up occasionally) for 35 minutes. Lift the chicken out and carefully cut away the breast meat (use a chopping board placed inside a baking tray to catch any escaping juices); cool the breasts, then chill until needed. Return the carcass to the pot and continue to simmer gently for 2 hours. Skim off any scum that rises to the surface throughout.

  2. Leave to cool for 30 minutes, then lift out the remaining chicken. Strain the liquid into a large, clean pan, through a fine sieve lined with a double layer of kitchen paper; you should have about 1.5 litres. Discard the wings and aromatics. Place the pan over a high heat and bubble vigorously for 20 minutes to reduce; you should be left with about 1.25 litres. Meanwhile, shred all the dark meat from the carcass, discarding the skin and bones, then slice the breasts; set all aside.

  3. Add the mushrooms to the stock and simmer for 5 minutes, then add the shredded dark chicken meat, soya beans, pak choi, soy sauce, shaoxing and mirin. Simmer gently for another 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to pack instructions, then drain, rinse in cold water and toss with the sesame oil.

  4. Squeeze the lime juice into the broth and check the seasoning, adding more soy sauce, lime or a pinch of sugar, if needed. Divide the noodles and chicken breast between 6 bowls and ladle over the broth, shredded chicken and vegetables, garnishing with the salad onions and chilli.

Nutritional

Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe

Energy

2,078kJ/ 494kcals

Fat

13.1g

Saturated Fat

3.3g

Carbohydrates

41g

Sugars

5.5g

Fibre

5.1g

Protein

48g

Salt

2.4g

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