Chicken and Mushroom Ramen Soup

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • Half a pack of Kelp noodles
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free Chinese five-spice powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 cups unsalted chicken stock or bone broth which is even better- low sodium
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and cut into matchstick-size pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, halved lengthwise
  • Sliced scallions
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

To make zucchini noodles, use a julienne slicer or spiralizer to cut zucchini into thin slices. Set zucchini noodles aside.

Preheat broiler. Rub chicken thighs with five-spice powder; sprinkle with black pepper. Place chicken thighs on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat 8 to 10 minutes or until done (175°F), turning once halfway through broiling. Let stand 10 minutes. Slice chicken and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine stock, ginger, Kelp noodles and garlic. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Add mushrooms; simmer, uncovered, 2 minutes. Add zucchini noodles; simmer 1 minute. Remove saucepan from heat. Add spinach; stir just until wilted. Stir in chicken.

Divide among four bowls; top with hard-cooked egg halves and scallions. If desired, sprinkle with crushed red pepper.

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