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Recipe: Japanese Chicken Noodle Soup

October 22, 2019

Yield: 8 servings

Servings: 8

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

Active Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Total Time (mins): 60

To Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate, without the noodles and miso, for up to 3 days. To serve, stir in noodles and reheat, then stir in miso.

Recipe Description:

This healthy, Japanese-inspired chicken noodle soup recipe is made with udon noodles and gets a hit of umami flavor from a swirl of miso at the end. To make the miso easier to stir into the soup, combine a little bit of the hot broth with the thick miso to thin it before adding to the rest of the soup.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken breasts, skin removed
  • 3 cups sliced green cabbage
  • 2 cups sliced shiitake or enoki mushrooms
  • 2 cups julienned carrots
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 cups cooked udon noodles or whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons white miso

Recipe Steps:

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add ginger; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add broth and chicken. Cover, increase heat to high and bring to a simmer. Uncover and cook, turning the chicken occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part without touching bone registers 165°F, 20 to 22 minutes. Skim any foam from the surface as the chicken cooks. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board. When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and shred.
  2. Meanwhile, add cabbage, mushrooms and carrots to the pot; return to a simmer. Cook until vegetables are tender, 4 to 10 minutes. Stir in the shredded chicken, salt, pepper and noodles and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in miso.

Recipe Tips & Notes:

  • Miso is a fermented soybean paste that adds flavor to dishes like soups and sauces. It is available in different colors; in general, the lighter the color, the milder the flavor. Look for miso alongside refrigerated tofu. It keeps in the refrigerator for at least a year.

Recipe Nutrition:

Per serving: 242 calories; 8 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 45 mg cholesterol; 20 g carbohydrate; 0 g added sugars; 4 g total sugars; 25 g protein; 3 g fiber; 674 mg sodium; 565 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (66% daily value), Vitamin C (21% dv), Potassium (16% dv).

1 Carbohydrate Serving(s)

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 fat

Recipe Disclaimer(s):

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