Weeknight Chicken & Mushroom Pho
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
Broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 2 packages of Knorr Homestyle Stock + 8 cups of water (or 8 cups of homemade chicken stock)
  • 1 2-inch piece of ginger, cut into quarters
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into quarters
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Vegetables
  • ¾ pound mushrooms (of your choice), gently cleaned and thinly sliced
  • ½ tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 red onion, very thinly sliced (reserve a few slices for a garnish later)
  • 1 bunch bok choy, cleaned
Noodles
  • 1 pound dry rice noodles, ramen noodles, etc. (any thin noodle will do)
To Serve
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Sprouts
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Sriracha and/or hot chile sauce
Instructions
  1. First, get your broth going and your chicken cooking. Add the teaspoon of ground coriander and the teaspoon of Chinese five spice to a dry soup pot and toast over medium heat for a few minutes, until fragrant, stirring often. If you are using the Knorr chicken stock, add in 8 cups of water and bring to a boil, then add in your two packages of Knorr chicken stock and whisk until combined. Otherwise, you can just add in 8 cups of chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then add in the chicken pieces, and cook over medium-high heat for 20-25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Be sure to skim the surface of the broth every so often to rid the broth of extra fat.
  2. Now, get your mushrooms going. Add ¼ of your cleaned and sliced mushrooms to a large, dry pan over medium heat. Cook until the juices start to come out of them a bit, then add a ¼ of your butter to the mushrooms. Stir until browned, then move to another plate, wipe your pan clean, and start on your next batch of mushrooms, repeating the same steps until they are all cooked. It's best to cook mushrooms this way to retain as much mushroom flavor as possible - they release . When the mushrooms are done, add the onions to the pan with a bit more butter, if you like, and cook over medium-high heat for 15 minutes or so, until caramelized. Add to the plate along with the mushrooms and set aside.
  3. When your chicken is ready, remove it from the pot and shred with two forks. Set aside and add the bok choy. Raise the temperature to medium-high, then add in the mushrooms and the onions. Allow everything to simmer together for 10 minutes or so, until the bok choy is wilted. While you do this, get your noodles ready according to their package directions. You can boil them in the broth, or in another pot - whatever the box or package says is best. My noodles were rice noodles, so I heated some water to boiling, removed it from the heat, and added the rice noodles, then let them sit for 10 minutes or so, until softened. At this point, I drained the noodles and added them to my broth. When the noodles are ready, add them to the broth, along with the chicken. Remove the pot of broth and noodles from the heat, taste, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Ladle the pho into bowls and garnish with cilantro, red onion, sprouts, lime wedges, Sriracha, Hoisin sauce, or whatever else you like! Happy eating!
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at http://www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2011/07/08/weeknight-chicken-mushroom-pho/