One-Pot Chicken Noodles

This chicken noodle dish is the perfect midweek lunch or light supper – with a gentle miso flavour and veggie infusion, it's designed to keep your gut feeling happy and healthy.

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Serves
4
Total Time
1 Hour
Ingredients
250g of dried soba noodles
1 tbsp of sesame oil or light olive oil
4 shallots, roughly chopped
4 garlic cloves, smashed
7.5cm (3in) piece of fresh ginger, unpeeled and roughly sliced
1 small chicken, weighing 1-1.2kg
1.2l of water
2 carrots (skin on), roughly chopped
10 whole peppercorns
2-3 tbsp of miso paste (double check for wheat, barley or rye if need to avoid gluten)
120g of baby or frozen spinach
Salt
For The Topping
1 tbsp of sesame oil or light olive oil
400g of mixed vegetables, such as broccoli, green beans, frozen peas or sweetcorn, spring greens, kale, pak choi, asparagus, roughly chopped as necessary
1 red chilli, deseeded & finely sliced
1 garlic clove, finely sliced
A handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Squeeze of lime juice
Method
Step 1
To make the stock, add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a large, lidded casserole pot over a medium-high heat. Add the shallot, smashed garlic cloves and ginger. Cook for 5 minutes until they are slightly golden. Add the chicken (breast down), water, carrots and whole peppercorns with a pinch of salt. Bring the water to the boil and reduce to a simmer, removing any scum that forms on the surface. After 25 minutes, carefully turn the chicken over and cover the pan with the lid. Simmer gently for a further 20 minutes or until the juices of the chicken run clear when piercing the meat.
Step 2
Once cooked, remove the chicken and leave it to rest for 10 minutes before shredding. To shred, tear the chicken off the bone (you can use your hands) removing any skin or fat, then use a fork to shred the meat.
Step 3
Sieve the remaining liquid, discarding the vegetables, and return to the heat. Add the miso paste, spinach and chicken and stir through. Cook for 5 minutes on a low-medium heat. Season to taste.
Step 4
Meanwhile, make the topping. Add the oil to a medium frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for 2 minutes. Add the vegetables and cook for a further 5-10 minutes until cooked through.
Step 5
Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions and drain. Divide the noodles between four deep bowls and top with the chicken soup, mixed veg, coriander and a squeeze of lime juice. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Recipe Courtesy of The Gut-Loving Cookbook: Over 60 deliciously simple gut-friendly recipes from Alana & Lisa Macfarlane of The Gut Stuff (Pavilion Books).

Image credit: Haarala Hamilton.

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