Hot And Sour Chicken Soup

I love this soup!

Not only do I love the flavor combination of spicy and sour but I love the way the chicken comes out nice and tender. After WLS surgery chicken, as well as pork, is one of those food items that either goes down great or gives me that terrible stuck feeling. It all depends upon how it’s cooked. If it’s just the least bit dry then I know I may end up getting sick. Poaching the chicken in broth or water before making the dish really seems to help it stay tender enough to prevent problems.

HOT AND SOUR CHICKEN SOUP

hot and sour soup

Hot And Sour Chicken Soup
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Serves: 6
 
You can also add cubes of tofu to this recipe if desired.
Ingredients
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound of boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • ½ cup sliced bamboo shoots
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger or a 1 inch piece of fresh ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 4 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 large egg beaten
Instructions
  1. Place chicken breasts in sauce pan, fill with enough water to just cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer chicken breasts until no longer pink in the center. Remove the chicken from the liquid and allow to cool. Once cool shred chicken and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan combine the chicken broth, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low.
  3. In a bowl combine the red wine vinegar and cornstarch. Add to the broth mixture and stir well.
  4. Add in the shredded chicken to the broth and turn the heat up to medium high. Slowly drizzle in the beaten egg while stirring gently. This should create long strands of cooked egg. Simmer for about 3 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat and stir in toasted sesame oil, green onions and cilantro.

If you wish to add tofu you can add it along with the shredded chicken.

Not only does this soup taste great and is high in protein but it can easily be eaten not matte what food consistency stage you are in after surgery. For those in the puree stage simply place the soup in a blender and blend to the correct consistency.

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