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Better than the Freezer Aisle: Mock Annie Chun’s Asian Chicken and Noodle Bowls

To me, there is nothing more comforting than a big bowl of noodles and broth. I cringe to tell you how many packages of ramen I consumed in my childhood and college days. But now I’m a big girl, and I know how to make my own nutrient dense, homemade chicken broth. So join me in skipping the dehydrated vegetables and powdered broth, and freeze your own bowls of goodness. Annie Chun’s Chinese Chicken Soup Bowl is most definitely a step up when it comes to prepackaged soups, but I was still surprised to see maltodextrin (highly processed carbohydrates), natural flavor (again what are these?), cane sugar, and guar gum (a thickener and/or stabilizer). I don’t have those ingredients in my kitchen, and I certainly don’t see the need to add sugar to soup! I slightly adapted the ingredients to include seasonal vegetables and noodles that are widely available in grocery regular stores.

I’m going to go ahead and include this in our Better than the Freezer Aisle series, since I’ve never really seen soups in the freezer aisle, but many people will reach for “convenience” items like canned or dried soup before making it in their own kitchen. I have so many people ask me how I afford to eat a whole foods diet, and the simple answer is that I make most of our food from scratch. The Annie Chun Soup Bowls were $3.00 each (that is ONE serving) on sale at Whole Foods. I had some of these staples on hand when I cooked this soup, but I estimated that I spent about $12.00 for all of the ingredients (this includes store-bought broth, but I actually used homemade broth, which cost me absolutely nothing!) So the homemade soup comes in at $2.00 per serving, saving you a whole dollar per serving, or more if you find a great sale and make your own broth.

Mock Annie Chun’s Asian Chicken and Noodle Bowls

Author/Source:

Kim @ onceamonthmeals.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces

    Save yourself over $1 per serving by making this Annie Chun’s Soup Bowl makeover at home!

  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 0.25 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking sherry
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 0.25 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups homemade chicken broth
  • 0.5 pounds snow peas
  • 3 ounces soba noodles

Directions:

In slow cooker, combine chicken, carrots, onion, mushrooms, sherry, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, pepper, and chicken broth. Cook on high for 3 hours. Stir in snow peas and continue cooking 15-30 minutes until crisp tender. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package instructions. Place noodles into bowls and ladle soup over top. Serve immediately.

Freezing Directions:

Cook ingredients in crock pot as directed, but after adding snow peas, remove soup from heat and cool. (The peas will finish cooking when you reheat the soup.) Cool soup completely. Portion into freezer bags, label, and freeze. Portion cooked noodles in a separate bag and freeze along with soup. TO SERVE: Thaw and reheat soup . Add thawed soba noodles. Season with extra soy sauce as desired.

Servings: 6

 

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

8 Responses to “Better than the Freezer Aisle: Mock Annie Chun’s Asian Chicken and Noodle Bowls”

  1. Rita says:

    Just a heads-up, but the last time I looked (a long time ago), cooking sherry contained some form of sugar. Generally, cooking wines are often sweetened and, in my opinion, pretty awful. Regular dry sherry or rice wine will give you a cleaner, more authentic flavor. If the alcohol is a factor, that’s a different story, but I believe that cooking sherry also contains alcohol. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    Thank you for doing these Freezer Aisle mock recipes. They are fun and appetizing. I have a few already on my Must Try List.

    • kim says:

      Glad you are enjoying the freezer series! You are right that alcohol, even used for cooking, does contain sugar. But as long as you’re not on a super strict no sugar diet, I think this small amount will be acceptable for most.

      • Rita says:

        Kim, I wasn’t clear…I meant that cooking wine has added sugar other than the sugar that naturally occurs in wines. And of course you are right (sorry; I didn’t mean to sound argumentative) – that small amount shouldn’t be a problem. I wasn’t sure which of the many diet types this recipe might relate to and if the extra sugar might affect someone. Talk about my making a mountain out of a molehill! :)

        • kim says:

          No problem. Thanks for the friendly warning. I checked my cooking sherry bottle, and it did not have any added sugar in the ingredients, but watch out for this if you are on a strict no sugar diet as some cooking wines/sherries may have added sugar.

  2. Amanda says:

    Could you use another type of noodle instead of soba? I have rice noodles at home and didnt know if that would work. Thanks!!

  3. Nicole Newman says:

    I figured out the 6WWP+

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