Thursday, May 26, 2011

Chicken and Shrimp Soup with Vermicelli Noodles, Sweetcorn and Cilantro and passing on Awards

In a vain attempt to be super organized and get ahead of the game, last night I roasted two chickens, after all two is better than one.  This strategy worked nicely, one and a half chickens being demolished immediately and the remainder made into this soup.

As with any soup, don't be constrained by the ingredients list. The broth has a great flavor and provides a good base, but if you have any mushrooms that need using up they would work very well, snow peas would be great too.  If you don't like cilantro, try thai basil - that would be lovely.  As far as the noodles are concerned, I used vermicelli here, as I had them sitting in my cupboard, but often I use wholewheat soba noodles.  I firmly believe that with soup you should take liberties and use the ingredients you love.  

Here's what you will need for the simplest supper that packs a protein punch.

1 lb of cooked chicken
32oz carton of organic chicken stock
2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
1 teaspoon of soy sauce
1 teaspoon of sucanant sugar (or regular brown sugar)
a handful of chopped cilantro
2 ears of corn (nibblets cut off the cob)
A good handful of cooked shrimp (I keep a packet of frozen for just this sort of occasion)
A good handful of baby spinach leaves
Juice of a lime
Half a packet of Vermicelli (or Soba) noodles

In a large pan add the chicken stock, sugar, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and carrots.  Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer.  You want the carrots to have quite a crispness to them, so don't cook more than about 4 minutes.

Meanwhile boil the water in another pan for the noodles and cook them according to the package instructions.

Add the sweetcorn to the chicken stock mixture and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

Remove from heat and add the cooked chicken, shrimp and spinach leaves.  Add the cooked noodles, squeeze in the lime juice and stir gently to combine.

Just before you serve add another sprinkling of cilantro.

I also want to THANK

for handing on some awards to me.  Please click on the link above and visit her blog - I PROMISE you will become a follower asap.  The blog is very special, delicious, funny and I always feel uplifted after I visit.

I would also like to pass on the awards to blogs I love and who have been very kind and encouraging to me.


  1. Beautiful soup and it sounds delicious. A touch of Thai? I am copying the recipe. I'll have to add the cilantro at the end since I'm the only one who likes it here. Thanks for the recipe!


  2. Yes, indeed, a beautiful soup. As for the award stuff - just crap.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing the Awards! Did i just mentioned I love noodles?? Yours look really GREAT!

  4. I think StephenC got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning! Anyways, I think your soup is fabulous. Very colourful and yummy sounding! Congrats on the awards and many thanks for passing it on. You are such a sweetie pie! xxoo

  5. such a nice light soup,, my family would love this,

  6. Wish I was having that soup for dinner tonight - it looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing the awards.

  7. Your soup is just lovely! It's been too long since I made with one with a little bit of an Asian twist. Congrats on your well-deserved award! Thank you so much for thinking of me!

  8. One of my favorite meals is a bowl of soup. I like almost any kind of soup. I can sure tell you that my mouth was watering just looking at these pictures... Would love to have some right now...
    Hey, I sure hope your weekend is a great one...

  9. amazing soup, amazing flavors and amazing awards. Thanks so much girl for the award. I am honored and so thankful! I hope you have a wonderful memorial day weekend my friend!

  10. Woo hoo! Thanks so much for sharing the award! And this awesome recipe. I love me some soup...and you've kind of got the same philosophy as me. If its in the fridge, it would probably taste better in a soup :)

  11. Again, congrats on the awards! They are well deserved! I'm excited to try your soup because I skipped similar recipe with French Fridays with Dorie. Great post!

  12. Thank you for the award! That was so sweet and such fun to wake up to this morning. I may have to try this soup. I'm not usually a soup eater, but the shrimp in the pics look so good! And it's still been so cold here lately...may be time to make soup. ;) Thanks again!

  13. Thank you for the award, Mary! :) I just posted them...

    This recipe sounds incredible! I love noodle soup and the addition of cilantro sounds just perfect!


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