Friday, January 10, 2014

Chicken Soup with Chinese Influences

Start to finish : 1 hour                  Makes 4 servings

When it's cold outside , it's soup time  , everything goes in a single pot , starting with  an aromatic broth  and a substantial array of vegetables  , a little bit of protein  and a crispy garnish  , the best part is when dinner is over  , there's only one pot to wash!

12                  square wonton wrappers
1/2                 teaspoon canola  or vegetable oil
6                   medium scallions
4x1-inch      piece fresh ginger , unpeeled 
3                   garlic cloves , smashed and peeled 
1/2                cup rice wine , sake or dry sherry 
4                   cups low-sodium chicken broth 
1-1/2            cups thinly  sliced carrots 
5                   ounces  sliced or cubed shiitake  mushrooms 
3                   tablespoons  cornstarch  whisked with 1/4 cup water 
1                  pound  boneless chicken breasts  cut into 1/2-inch cubes 
3                  cups  sliced bok choy or napa  cabbage 
1                  cup frozen peas  (do not defrost) 
3                  tablespoons  low-sodium  soy sauce  
1                  teaspoon toasted  sesame oil

1 .      Heat oven to 375*F . Cut wonton  wrappers  into  1/4-inch  strips . In a bowl , toss the wonton strips  . In a bowl , toss the wonton strips with oil  and a pinch of salt . Arrange  the strips  in a single layer  on a baking sheet . Bake  on the oven's middle shelf  until golden and crisp , 3 to 5 minutes . Let cool completely  before serving .
2 .      Meanwhile , place the scallions on a cutting board  , then use the  side of  a large knife  or a rolling pin  to lightly  smash . cut the ginger  into thin rounds , then sliced  each round  into thin matchsticks .
3 .        In a large saucepan over  medium-high heat , combine the smashed scallions , sliced ginger , garlic , rice wine and broth . Bring  to a boil , then reduce heat , cover and simmer  for 15 minutes  , use a slotted  spoon to remove  and discard the solids .
4 .        Add the carrots  and mushrooms  and simmer gently  , covered  for 5 minutes  . Bring the liquid  to a boil , then add  the cornstarch-water  mixture  in a stream  while whisking . Reduce  to a boil .
5 .        Add the chicken  , bok choy , peas , soy sauce  and sesame oil . Cook gently  until  the chicken is just cooked through  , about 10 minutes .
6 .        Ladle  the soup into bowls  and top  each portion  with some  of the wonton crisps if using . 
TIP : 
Make sure  the chicken goes in last . Cut into bite size chunks , it takes little time to cook  , but will become tough  and leathery  if cooked to long                       


  1. Great comfort food for cold weather! I like that Chinese touch in this soup :) sounds very yummy.

    1. Hi Medaja , thank you so much , just added a little something that I also enjoy , thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Good morning, Nee!!!
    Marion has been requesting Chicken Soup for days now. I really should get my "butt" moving and make her a pot, although, I did make a big pot of stew last night which she loved:)

    I love what you did with the won tons, Nee. I must remember that! And the bok choy, what a GREAT idea. I never thought to include it in chicken soup. Thank you so much for sharing, Nee...Your soup is warming me up just looking at it!!!

    1. Hi Louise , Make Marion the chicken soup , now is the time for the soup kettle , just throw everything in on a slow burner and forget it :D the 'bok choy was the girls idea . I can tell Marion likes healthy and hearty food , just look at the twinkle in her eyes :D .

      I am running a little behind , our schools is closed until farther notice and they all have the sniffles , I will email that promised email this weekend , I have a surprise for you , I just hoe I can forward it , if not , I will make a copy and sent it to you , thank you so much for stopping by and being a good friend , :)

  3. Hi Nee, wow, this is so special. This is the 1st time I see wonton wrappers oven baked till crispy! I think I am going to like this. Besides serving it with chicken soup, should be nice to have it as snacks too. Thanks for sharing, Nee ::

    1. Hi Ivy , thanks a lot , the wonton wrappers is good for snacks and I make them for my kids instead of chips sometime , they love them . Thanks so much for stopping by :)

  4. Hi Nee, Great Chicken Soup recipe! I think most of us have soup on our minds, especially with the "cold" weather. I love the one pot deal and like that you can have dinner in one hour. Never would have thought about the wonton strips. Delicious... Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! Blessings on a great weekend! Dottie :)

    1. Hi Dottie , stews , soups is the way to go in this weather , chicken soup is good for colds , I think it's the steam when eating it , my big girl says it feeds the brain mama .:D , Have a great weekend and blessing dear Dottie :)

  5. Dear Nee, Wonderful!! Warm and delicious with a nice twist.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

    1. Hi Catherine , thank you so very much , and have a blessed weekend and thanks for stoping by :)

  6. Hi Nee,
    This is such a delicious and warming bowl of soup! I love all the ingredients!
    Washing only one pot sounds good to me too! :)

    1. Hi Joyce , quick and easy , thanks for stopping by :)

  7. Hi Nee, this is one huge bowl of comfort! The soup looks lovely and delicious!

    1. Hi Jasline , with the cold weather we are having , it feels so good . Thanks for stopping b :)

  8. La mezcla de ingredientes es un maridaje perfecto para esta sopa me encanta luce muy bonito,abrazos.

  9. Hi Rosita , the soup is quite good and warm the body , thanks for stopping by :)

  10. Hi Nee, your soup looks incredibly tempting. Wish that I can have a bowl as well. :o) Still scrolling around to check out your blog and its making even hungry. hehe....
    Hope you're having a lovely day.
    Blessings, Kristy


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