It’s soup time and I have to say I’m delighted about that. Soup to me says comfort, a warm hug and calm in the midst of a storm. Like this Chicken Miso Soup.
I love the holidays, but with shopping, wrapping presents, sending cards, throwing parties and extra cooking, along with all your regular duties, it does get to be a bit stressful. It shouldn’t, because this is a wonderful time of the year, but it does.
So, in the midst of chaos, take time to be good to yourself. And to your health. Like do some diaphragmatic breathing, and maybe some Tai Chi. Harvard recommends it highly for stress! And be sure you add lots of nutrients into your diet.
Dr. Andrew Wild has said that the two diets he recommends overall for longevity is the Asian Diet and the Mediterranean Diet. Totally different and yet similar in the fact that both diets are vegetable forward with some meat or fish.
My book, Natural Healing Foods, goes into detail about the health benefits of each of these foods, but overall this soup helps fight stress, colds, cancer cells and helps keep your heart healthy. Not bad for a bowl of total deliciousness.
Ingredients in Chicken Miso Soup
- Boneless skinless chicken thighs: For protein
- Flour: To add crust to the chicken
- Garlic salt: One extra step of health with the garlic
- Pepper: Always need a bit of heat
- Vegetable oil: To sear the chicken
- Garlic: More garlic for flavor and health
- Ginger: Love the freshness of ginger
- Mirin: A rice wine that adds flavor and a touch of sweetness
- Sugar: Just a touch to balance out the flavors
- Soy sauce: Just the right amount of saltiness
- Rice noodles:Delicious and is perfect in this soup
- Sugar snap peas: For color, crispness and health
- Low sodium chicken broth: Get the best, Manischewitz
- Leek: These mild onions add so much flavor
- White Miso: Miso just adds the “umami”
- Baby spinach: For absolute health
How to Make Chicken Miso Soup
Whenever I add chicken to soup or the slow cooker, I always caramelize it first for extra flavor. I know it’s one more step, but totally simple to do and it just makes a difference in the total taste.
Just dredge the chicken lightly in a flour, garlic salt and pepper mixture and add it to a large soup pot, with a little oil, over medium high heat. Cook the chicken about 3 minutes on each side just to get it a little brown and to help seal in the juices.
Then add garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute. Next add the Mirin, sugar, soy sauce, and the chicken broth. Be sure an use a good low sodium chicken broth like Manischewitz. It’s the best really and tastes rich like home made.
Turn the heat down low and let those flavors simmer and come together about 20 minutes.
Then remove the chicken from the pot and cut it into bite size pieces. Add it back to the soup pot along with the rice noodles and cook 5-7 minutes more until the noodles are just al dente. You can buy these rice noodles in the pasta section of your market. They come in convenient portion sizes of rice noodle bundles. I added 4 bundles.
Finally add the snap peas and the leeks. Let them cook for only 2 minutes, so they will impart the flavor, but at the same time remain structurally intact. They will be crisp tender at this point.
Chicken Miso Soup
- 2 Chicken thighs Boneless and skinless
- 1/2 Tsp Garlic powder
- 1/2 Tsp Pepper
- 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Tsp Ginger Grated
- 2 Tsp Mirin
- 1 Tsp Sugar
- 2 Tsp Soy sauce
- 8 Oz Rice noodles
- 1/2 Cup Sugar snap peas
- 4 Cups Low sodium chicken broth Prefer Manischewitz
- 1 Leek Thoroughly washed
- 2 Tbsp Flour
- 2 Tbsp White miso
- 2 Cups Baby spinach
- Cut chicken thighs into 1" cubes and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Dredge lightly in 2 Tbsp flour.
- Add oil to a large soup pan over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 3 minutes until browned.
- Add garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute. Then add Mirin, sugar, soy sauce and chicken broth. Turn heat to medium low, cover and allow to simmer 20 minutes.
- Add in noodles and allow to cook for 5 minutes.
- Finally add sugar snap peas and leeks. Allow to cook for 2 more minutes until snap peas are crisp tender.
- Just before serving add in Miso and baby spinach and ladle into bowls.
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