Chicken Udon Soup with Bok Choy



INGREDIENTS:

Soup Base:

  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 6 (1/4-inch) slices peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 green onion, cut into 2-inch pieces

Chicken Udon Soup:

  • 1 (3½-ounce) package fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ cup sliced carrots
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ¼ cup sake (rice wine) or dry white wine (optional)
  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 1 pound)
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper, more as needed
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • 15 ounces udon noodles (thick Japanese wheat noodles)
  • 8 slices cooked egg, scrambled or hard boiled (optional)
  • ¼ cup diagonally cut green onions
  • 10 ounces baby bok choy, cut into 4 sections

INSTRUCTIONS:

Soup Base:

  1. Remove stems from mushrooms; reserve stems. Thinly slice mushroom caps; set aside. Combine mushroom stems, chicken broth, ginger slices, crushed garlic, green and green onion in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes. Strain stock through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids.

Chicken Udon Soup:

  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add reserved sliced mushroom caps and carrots to the pan, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add minced ginger and minced garlic; sauté for 1 minute. Add sake, and cook for 4 minutes, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add strained stock to pan. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium-low. Add soy sauce and pepper, taste a season as needed. Add shredded chicken and bok choy, simmer for 2 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly heated.
  2. Cook udon noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and seasoning (if included), drain.
  3. Divide noodles evenly among 4 bowls. Add 1 cup soup and vegetables to each bowl. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon green onions and serve with egg if desired.


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