Tasty Tuesday

THAI CHICKEN-COCONUT SOUP

 

INGREDIENTS

    • 4 ounces cellophane noodles
    • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    • 1–2 red Thai (or jalapeño) peppers, seeded and finely chopped (plus slices for garnish)
    • 1 additional red Thai (or jalapeño) pepper slices for garnish
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
    • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
    • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon (or lime) juice
    • 4 tablespoons Thai fish sauce, divided
    • 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, sliced (3 cups)
    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 5 ounces each), cut into 2 1/2-inch-long by 1/4-inch-wide strips
    • 1 cup light coconut milk
    • 2 cups baby spinach
    • 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro (plus sprigs for garnish)
    • 1 cilantro sprigs for garnish

PREPARATION

    1. Place noodles in a bowl; add enough warm water to cover and let sit until soft, about 15 minutes. Drain. Combine broth, pepper, garlic, ginger, lemon zest, lime zest, lemon juice and 3 tablespoon fish sauce in a medium saucepan. Season with salt. Bring to a simmer, add noodles and cook 3 minutes more. Using tongs, transfer noodles to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Add mushrooms to broth; season with salt, if desired; simmer 3 minutes more. Add chicken and coconut milk and simmer, stirring, until chicken is just cooked, about 3 minutes. Stir in spinach until it begins to wilt, about 1 minute. Add chopped cilantro and season with remaining 1 tablespoon fish sauce. Using tongs, divide noodles among 4 bowls. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with sprigs of cilantro and slices of pepper.
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