Monday, November 25, 2013

Yes Chef: Green Tea Chicken and Veggie Soup.

This is a very typical soup other than the addition of tea. Really, there is nothing to this. It’s quick and easy. Just grab some veggies, a protein, and heat them in some tea-infused water. I just used what I happened to have in my fridge at the moment.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of water 
  • 4 tablespoons of Sencha green tea
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame 
  • 3 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 red radishes, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 2 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, shredded 
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Chili pepper flakes to taste
  • Black pepper to taste

My chosen veggies!


Sliced and ready to go!


Green tea and a side of chicken.

Process:

  • Infuse the green tea in the water for about 15 – 20 minutes. Can’t remember how to brew Sencha? Check out my Sensational Sencha post. However, there is no need to worry about water temperature or brew time in this case. We’re cooking here!  I just used a large teapot with a built-in filter.
  • Pour the infused tea and chicken stock into a large saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  • Add all the veggies, salt, and both peppers, and cook for about five minutes.
  • Add the shredded chicken breasts and heat for a couple of minutes. 

Tea infusion.


Time to get cookin'!


Enjoy with some bread!


The final product.  Yum!

Cooking Tips: 
  • Place the chicken breasts in a pan with a few inches of water just enough to cover the portions. Poach for 20 minutes. Allow chicken to cool-down and then shred with your fingers or use a couple of forks. 
  • To save time, use some leftover roasted chicken instead which is what I did. It’s a great way to use up leftovers and create a completely new meal.  Woo-hoo!

Options: 
  • Use another green tea instead of Sencha or use green tea bags. 
  • Any veggie will do. Feel free to use green peas, red or green cabbage, celery, another type of mushroom, along with any combination of the veggies listed in this recipe. 
  • Try another protein like shrimp, turkey, and even tofu. 
  • Add soba noodles, brown rice, or rotini pasta for some carbs. 

I think the broth is the best part! It almost tastes like a miso soup and you can really detect the tea. It was soothing and perfect to cozy up to on a cold day.



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