It’s National Soup Month and we’re celebrating with this mouthwatering recipe from our new cookbook, Real Paleo Fast & Easy. This warming, aromatic bowl of goodness proves that even Paleo enthusiasts can enjoy a big soupy bowl of Asian-style noodles. This noodle bowl is so fresh and delicious, you won’t miss the grain based variety a bit.
- 1 medium zucchini
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
- 1 teaspoon salt-free Chinese five-spice powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 8 cups unsalted chicken stock
- 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)
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, 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.