Are you in need of a creative cold or flu remedy? Do you hate taking pills, or do you just want to give ramen another chance? Here is a recipe that is medicinal, and a delight to your taste buds. I call it chicken noodle soup. (If you think that’s too boring call it garlic and ginger infused–green onion scattered–fiery, steaming bowl of goodness.) Call it whatever you like and make it your own—once you get the hang of it. When a migraine or a sore throat bothers you, the spicy and lemony aroma of this soup will make you feel a lot better (plus it’s a creative break from studying). Imagine yourself in a cozy room with this soup, and all your worries will disappear. Trust me on this!
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/4th sliced lemon
3 green onions, chopped
1 baby bok choy, chopped
½ carrot, thinly sliced
2 cups water
1 package of ramen noodles (85g)
2 cloves of garlic
3 cups chicken broth
1 jalapeño (optional)
1/2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp ginger, minced
Chopped cilantro for serving (optional)
Heat the sesame oil over medium-high heat.
Lightly fry the chicken breast chunks in the oil until the pieces appear white and sprinkle with salt. But, don’t cook them completely! Next, sauté the chopped green onions and bok choy for about 30 seconds.
Start by boiling two cups (500mL) of water in a sauce pan. Add noodles to the boiling water and cook for about three minutes. Drain the noodles and put it aside with a lid.
Add the chicken broth to a pan. Using the flat end of a dicing knife, mash up the garlic cloves and add the cloves to the broth. This will allow the garlic to release its potent ingredients which helps to soothe a sore throat. (For a spicy soup, add the jalapeño slices to the broth.) Sprinkle some salt and bring the broth to a simmer. Add the chicken chunks and carrot slices to the broth. Cover with a lid and cook for about 10-15 min. at medium-low heat.
Before serving the steaming soup, add the minced ginger to the bottom of the serving bowl. Add the bok choy over the minced ginger, then the noodles. Fill the bowl with the broth containing the cooked chicken and carrot. Garnish with fresh cilantro and green onion for a greeny-gourmet appeal. Squeeze the lemon slice over the soup to give your masterpiece a tangy kick!
Voilà, you are ready to enjoy your garlic and ginger infused–green onion scattered–fiery, steaming bowl of goodness!
Preparation time: 30min.
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