Foodie Fridays: Chicken “Zoodle” Soup

You guys, I have been MIA a little this week. I’ve been so busy! At work, we hit the second semester and that came along with two brand new classes. Plus, the main course that I teach is Web Design and Animation, and we just began the Animation unit. That means most of my day will be pretty busy for the next few weeks until things calm down. Boston training has picked up (in a good way) so by the time I get home at night, I’m beat.

I still owe a race recap from last weekend, so I’m hoping to get around to that later today after getting caught up on what’s been going on with all of you! But I didn’t want a Friday to pass without a recipe, and I have a great one to share this week.

There really is no cuisine that I don’t like, and this dish is Thai inspired. Think along the lines of going to a Thai restaurant for Tom Kha Gai soup, which is a favorite of mine. I was in need of something different for lunch at work this week, and came across this on Pinterest.

I didn’t change anything about the original recipe, except I went heavy on the cilantro. I LOVE cilantro but always go easy with it because my husband hates it. But this soup wasn’t for him, so I got a little excited. He actually did eat a bowl of and loved it, cilantro and all. He did tell me that I put too much cilantro on it, though. Ha! So those of you who are not a fan, go easy on it. Maybe you can substitute with some parsley or something.

Also, this recipe is very paleo friendly! The fish sauce might be the only questionable ingredient. I had some in the house and didn’t go searching for something special, but the original recipe recommends a brand to make it “paleo friendly”. I’m pretty sure our paleolithic ancestors didn’t have access to fish sauce regardless, so I’m not sure how paleo friendly any of it is so I used what I had on hand.

This does require you to make some zucchini pasta, which is fun. I have a spiralizer and love breaking that thing out. If you don’t have one, I’m sure you can improvise and make something with a box grater, but I never tried it.
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Paleo Thai Chicken Zoodle Soup (Adapted from All I Dream About Food)
Yield: 8 to 9 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 onion,chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp green curry paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 15-ounce can coconut milk, full fat
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound chicken breasts or thighs, thinly sliced against the grain
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 medium zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 lime cut into 8 wedges

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pan, heat coconut oil over medium heat until melted and shimmering. Add onions and sauté until just translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in jalapeño, curry paste and garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth and coconut milk, whisking until fully combined. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and add red pepper, chicken and fish sauce. Let simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in cilantro.
  3. Divide zoodles among 8 soup bowls and ladle soup over; the heat of the soup will make the zoodles tender.
  4. Serve each with a squeeze of lime.

This was a great soup to have on hand for lunch all week! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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16 Replies to “Foodie Fridays: Chicken “Zoodle” Soup”

  1. There is one cuisine I don’t like and it’s actually Thai LOL…but I do think I just haven’t had good Thai. This looks pretty simple and maybe what I need to make to possibly like it again…who knows.

  2. I loooooove cilantro. I’m addicted to that stuff. It’s such a love or hate thing though! People either love it or hate it. This looks yummy! I hope you’re able to rest and chill from your busy week.

    1. I love it too! I hear you have some sort of enzyme in your saliva (not sure if this makes any sense as I am certainly not a science person) that determines what cilantro tastes like for you, which is why people love it or hate it. Someone told me that once! My husband HATES it with a passion so I believe it!

  3. i know what you mean about MIA on the blogging…work stuff seems like it’s i’m so far behind in reading, let alone coming up with some new articles…have a great weekend!

  4. OMG I love cilantro SO much. I read an interesting study about people who do and don’t like it, and it comes down to something really scientific about taste buds, but apparently cilantro is a huge dividing food for people haha. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. ME TOO!!!! It’s so delish, but my husband hates it! AND I was just commenting on something someone else said – something about the enzymes in your mouth determines if you are a cilantro lover or hater!

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