Chicken noodle soup is sometimes referred to as “Jewish Penicillin” because of it’s efficacy in combating cold and flu. Good old fashioned comfort food at it’s best. While this Asian take on the medicinal classic may not conjure up images of an old Bubbe doling out the good stuff as a centuries old #lifehack to get rid of sniffles, it’s certainly not lacking in healing properties. The chicken will give you energy and the spinach will provide iron, potassium and zinc. There’s ginger to soothe a tummy and sriracha to clear out your sinuses. Not to mention noodles, which, when slurped loudly and with bravado can put the pep back into anyone’s step. Oh and cranberries for anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories…did I lose you there? I TOLD you this wasn’t your Jewish grandmother’s soup!
What you’ll need:
Asian noodles of your choice (ramen, udon, soba, etc.)
Toasted sesame oil
3 cups of broth (I used Miso Ginger broth from Trader Joe’s because I had it on hand but you can use vegetable or chicken and add fresh ginger)
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 an onion, chopped
1 handful of spinach
1 Tbsp dried cranberries
1-2 chicken breasts
Sriracha to taste
And how it all comes together:
– Cook your noodles according to their package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Separate the noodles into 2 bowls and add a 1/4 Tbsp of toasted sesame oil to each. This will keep the noodles from getting sticky.
– Put your chicken on to boil while you prepare your broth. Once the chicken is done, pull from the boiling water and set on a plate to cool.
– As the chicken is boiling, coat the bottom of another pot with olive oil and heat to Med-High. Add in garlic and onion and cook until fragrant and onions are start to get a bit brown.
– Pour in broth and turn heat up to come to a boil for 5 minutes.
– Reduce heat back down to Med-High and add in spinach and dried cranberries.
– While that’s cooking for another 2-3 minutes, shred your chicken.
– Divide the broth between your 2 bowls of noodles and top with shredded chicken. Finish with a drizzle of sriracha.
And if the idea of cranberries in your soup is just to crazy for ya, you can certainly leave them out. But trust and believe this is the happiest marriage of flavors in a bowl EVER. So slurp some soup down for good health and fight your flu, combat your cold, take comfort in something hot after a long day out in the snow! It may not be “Jewish Penicillin” but you may want to tuck this one away in your medicine cabinet all the same.
Do you have any go-to comfort foods? What do you fix when you’re not feeling so hot? I’d love to hear! And if you have any winter ookies, FEEL BETTER!
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