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Asian Noodle Soup with Chicken and Snow Peas

A few tweaks give chicken soup a spicy new attitude.

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 35 mins
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 8 ounces rice noodles
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 piece fresh lemongrass (3 inches), smashed, or 3 sticks dried lemongrass
  • 1 piece peeled fresh ginger (1 inch), cut into matchsticks
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each), thinly sliced crosswise
  • 8 ounces snow peas, trimmed and halved
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Asian chile sauce (such as Sriracha), for serving (optional)

Cook's Note

To release the citrusy flavor of lemongrass stalks, pound them with a meat mallet or a heavy pot. If you can't find fresh lemongrass, look for dried in the spice aisle.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain noodles. In a saucepan, combine chicken broth, lemongrass, ginger, and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until fragrant, 10 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain broth and return to saucepan. Add chicken and snow peas and simmer until chicken is cooked through and snow peas are crisp-tender, 2 to 4 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Remove soup from heat and stir in lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, pour soup over noodles. Top with mint, lime wedges, and chile sauce if desired.

Source
Everyday Food, May 2009

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