Recipes THAI 7 SPICE CHICKEN AND NOODLE SOUP
THAI 7 SPICE CHICKEN AND NOODLE SOUP
On the comfort food index, chicken noodle soup is right up there. It’s like a warm grandma hug in a bowl. The old-fashioned chicken noodle soup I grew up on was a culinary big deal. It involved a whole plump farm chicken (normally the noisiest cockerel) and lots of time. On rushed winter weeknights I want all the soul-warming pleasure of this childhood favourite – but I want it in under 30 minutes.
The solution? Go Asian. Cape Herb and Spice’s Thai 7 Spice blend contains no fewer than – you guessed it – seven of the key spices we associate with Thai food. Perfumed basil, ginger and coriander make an appearance, so too does punchy peppery galangal and spicy chilli, plus of course zesty lime leaves and lemon grass. Combine it with coconut milk, diced chicken and noodles for a satisfying dinner that’s ready in no time at all.
-WHAT YOU WILL NEED-
1tbs coconut oil
4 deboned chicken thighs (or two chicken breasts)
1 tbs tomato paste
1½ tbs Cape Herb and Spice Thai 7 Spice blend
2 cups quality chicken stock (preferably fresh stock)
400ml tin of coconut milk
2cm piece of fresh ginger, cut into 4 slices
1 tbs light brown sugar (or palm sugar if you have it)
1 tbs Thai fish sauce
2 tbs freshly squeezed lime juice
handful of coriander, stems removed and roughly chopped
soy sauce, to taste
2 squares of Asian noodles
to garnish: finely sliced spring onions, mint and basil leaves, bean sprouts, red chilli
Slice the chicken into strips or blocks. Heat a large saucepan and add the coconut oil. Fry the chicken in the coconut oil for a minute or two just until it starts to colour, then add the tomato paste and Thai 7 Spice and stir-fry for a further minute. Add the chicken stock, coconut milk, ginger slices, sugar and Thai fish sauce. Put on the lid and cook for 10-15 minutes.
Place the noodles in a bowl, pour over boiling water to cover and microwave it for a minute or two until the noodles are just cooked. Watch out for it going mushy, it happens real fast. Drain noodles in a colander. Remove the soup from the heat and add the lime juice along with the coriander. Stir and taste to see if it needs salt. If so, add soya sauce to taste. Place a generous mound of noodles in each bowl and spoon over the soup.
This soup really comes to life thanks to the extra titbits you dress it with! So serve this soup sprinkled very generously with sliced spring onions, mint and basil leaves, plus sliced red chilli if you like it extra spicy. If I manage to lay my hands on it, I also like topping this with some bean sprouts for an added crunchy element. Chopped roasted peanuts are another crunchy option.
This recipe will serve four as a starter, two as a generous main.
Written by: Lizet Hartley
Lizet Hartley is a freelance stills and reel food stylist, food photographer and recipe developer. In her spare time she – rather predictably – cooks. Get more of her recipes on her blog at http://www.melkkos-merlot.co.za
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