This week’s recipe is adapted ever so slightly from Slimming World’s Taste of Asia recipe book. It requires a bit more attention than most soups I’ve made in the past, but I found it to be completely worth the effort!
The reason I was attracted to this one, is that Nell used to make a stunning Chicken Noodle Soup back in the day – I didn’t quite want to take that on (but maybe look out for it as a future guest spot!)
The shredded chicken in this is a bit different for me, too, but I was really pleased with how it worked out. It’s hearty, comforting, and warming. It will stand up well as an entire main course in itself, or as a starter in smaller portions. Give it a whirl!
3 or 4 chicken breast fillets
1.2 litres chicken stock
325g tin of sweetcorn (drained)
1 large bunch of spring onions, finely sliced
3 lightly beaten eggs
This will serve four comfortably as a starter, or two as a light meal in its own right. I tried to eat it all to myself in one sitting, and for once I was defeated!
1. Put the whole chicken breasts in a pan, cover with the stock, and bring slowly to the boil. Scoop off any scum that comes to the surface, and simmer for around 20 minutes.
2. Add the sweetcorn, and leave to simmer for another few minutes.
3. Remove the chicken breasts, and use two forks on each to shred them. Do this as finely as you like, but don’t underestimate how long it can take. Luckily, I like mine quite chunky.
4. Add the polenta to the soup in a thin, steady stream, stirring all the while until it thickens a little.
5. Carefully add the shredded chicken back to the pan, along with three quarters of the sliced spring onions. Bring the soup back up to the boil.
6. Turn off the heat, and drizzle in the beaten egg, making sure to stir it in with gusto, and it should thicken up beautifully.
7. Serve immediately, with the last of the spring onions sprinkled on top.
Mind = blown! This week’s winner, by a country mile, is Sainsburys! With their £7.00, they’re streets ahead of the competition, and I’m not entirely sure what’s happened!
A bit closer in the middle, with Morrisons coming second at £8.10 ahead of ASDA’s £8.36. Tesco weren’t too far behind at £8.43
First up, the polenta is only in there to thicken the soup up. If you prefer a thinner broth, you could safely leave that out (and even the egg, if you wanted to.)
You could add some noodles or cooked rice to make it more substantial (especially if you’re using a thinner broth) and potentially swap the chicken for pork or prawns.
Sweetcorn isn’t for everybody, and I’m not sure I’d want to use it if I was tweaking to add prawns rather than a meat. Of course, you could also leave out all meat for a vegetarian option, but I’d probably bulk it up with some water chestnuts or chickpeas or something like that.
This could also be adapted well to suit a slow cooker.