Instant Pot Chicken and Bok Choy Soup is the kind of dish I need in my life right now, and if it's cold out where you are, you will want this too, so pin this recipe. Not only can I use leftover chicken to make this a super easy lunch, it is also a weight watcher friendly soup recipe that can be made in about 30 minutes. Using Asian spices like five spice and ginger, this soup is hearty and delicious with just the right amount of heat to warm you down to your toes.
How To Make A Delicious Chicken and Bok Choy Soup
Let’s get into this warm hearty dish of Instant Pot Chicken and Bok Choy Soup. If you have leftover chicken or even turkey from Thanksgiving, this is the perfect dish to create using the recipe at the end of this post. If you need to make the chicken ahead of time, I recommend using the sous vide method to get delicious chicken breasts everytime.
This Chicken and Bok Choy Soup has one of my favorite herbs in it, Ginger. Along with garlic and five-spice powder. Now I’m not sure if the five-spice powder is a seasoning salt mix or what, but I’m here for it. Sea salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flake are optional. Red pepper flakes are a nice addition if you are someone who likes some extra heat in their soup. For me I just want my soups to be flavorful. To each is one's own! This recipe also calls for mushrooms, organic chicken broth, and gluten-free rice noodles. This is right down the healthy eater's alley.
What if I Don't Have Leftover Chicken?
That's one of the best parts of this recipe is that it's easy to adapt to what you have available. If you don't have leftover chicken, you can easy grab a rotisserie chicken and shred it or cook a chicken breast yourself and shred it up. I love to make this after Thanksgiving as well, with the leftover turkey shredded up. (I also make Turkey Marsala Soup!)
How Do I Make Sous Vide Chicken?
If you are feeling extra fancy and really want to go all out, then using the sous vide method to cook the chicken is next level culinary genius. It sounds like it is incredible complicated but realistically, it's just cooking the chicken in a bag inside of a pot of water. This method is great for when you're not quite sure when you want to eat because it will cook the chicken up to the temperature that you set, without overcooking it!
- Start by filling a large pot with water and attaching the sous vide circulator. Put the temperature to 145 degrees and set the cooking time for 2 hours.
- As soon as the water heats up, prep the chicken breasts by adding on the oil and salt and pepper.
- Once done, put the chicken breasts into a plastic bag and remove as much air as possible to seal.
- As soon as the water reaches the temperature, put in the sealed bag. Adjust the sous vide timer to 2 hours.
- After the 2 hours have passed for the chicken, remove them from the water and get rid of any liquid in the plastic bag. Put the chicken onto a plate and pat dry with clean paper napkins.
- Once the chicken cools, shred or chop it up.
It's as simple as that!
What is Bok Choy?
Bok Choy is a Chinese cabbage. There are two main names for the vegetable: Pak Choi and Pok Choi. This name means green vegetable. This vegetable is a part of the mustard family. Bok Choy is an essential part of Asian cuisine. The entire vegetable is edible
For those of us with hypothyroidism don’t be turned off by this dish, because of the Bok Choy. The cabbage is cooked so it will not release the enzyme Myrosinase. This vegetable has potassium and calcium. Vitamins A,C, and K. Bok Choy is low in calories with only 9 calories per cup. This recipe would pair nicely with my Roasted Artichoke and Mozzarella Salad for a thyroid healthy lunch!
Should I use the whole green onion?
A green onion is needed for this recipe. It will require that the green and white part be separated. Do you like both the green and the white part of the green onion? I prefer just the green part of the onion. Comment below and let me know which one you prefer the green part, the white part, or the both.
How Do I Chop Green Onions?
I found this nifty video on Youtube showing how to chop green onions!
What Is A Substitute for Sesame Oil?
This dish calls for toasted sesame oil, but if you aren't a fan, you can use avocado oil. Avocado oil has a higher smoke temperature and is known for good fats. Sesame oil has a lower smoke temperature and is more flavorful then avocado oil. So when thinking of which one to use it just depends on what you're trying to achieve.
How should this soup be served?
You can serve this dish with fried wonton stripes or toasted almond slices. You can sprinkle on some sesame seeds with a few dashes of low sodium soy sauce. This dish will pair well with Port wine or chamomile tea. Let me know if this is a good pairing!
Recipe For Instant Pot Chicken with Baby Bok Choy
So are you with me? Are you going to try this delicious dish? I promise your taste buds and endocrine system will thank you later. I’m no expert though, just someone living with a thyroid disorder who loves tasty, healthy, quick foods. Hyperthyroidism and other thyroid disorders can be complicated and stressful to live with. It is really important to get the correct nutrients to keep your thyroid balanced. So always do you research and consult with your endocrinologist or primary care provider on a regular basis.
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How Many Points Are In This Recipe?
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- 16 oz Shredded Chicken or Turkey Breast
- Olive Oil Cooking Spray
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 3-4` cloves garlic, minced
- 10 oz white mushrooms, cleaned, sliced
- 1 tablespoon five spice, powder
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
- 6 cup chicken broth, organic
- 3 Baby Bok Choy, stalk
- 4 oz Shirataki Noodles*
- 4-5 green onions, chopped, white and green parts separated
Spray the olive oil into your instant pot on the saute function with the sesame oil. Add the white part of the green onions and garlic and cook, stirring continually, for 1 minute or until fragrant.
Add the sliced mushrooms and bok choy to the pot and sprinkle the five-spice powder and freshly grated ginger on top. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring frequently until the mushrooms are golden brown, approximately 5-6 minutes.
Add in your chicken broth, shredded chicken and rice noodles, setting the instant pot to manual pressure for 2 minutes.
Use quick release and be careful removing the lid.
Remove from heat and serve immediately garnished with sliced green onions and crushed red pepper flakes, if using. Enjoy!
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 134Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 39mgSodium 976mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 16g
Nutrition calculated automatically, double check your own values.
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