Thursday, January 8, 2009

Chicken and Egg Drop Soup

I went out to eat with a girlfriend of mine the other day. She had moved out of state but was in the area and wanted to eat at her favorite Chinese restaurant. We used to eat there on a regular basis years ago, and I thought I if I left out the rice and skipped the egg roll, I should be able to find something tasty to eat. Instead I ended up with a serious stomach ache. Everything was so loaded with corn starch and tasted so sweet there was no way I could enjoy the food. My old favorite, egg drop soup, was particularly vile, consisting of copious amounts of salt and thickener with very little chicken or egg flavor. It inspired me to make my own heartier version that included actual chicken meat and plenty of eggs. I hope you like it as much as I do.

This recipe reheats well for a quick lunch at work.

Wifezilla's Low Carb Chicken & Egg Drop Soup
1 chicken breast
3.5 oz package of Shitake mushrooms, chopped
5 jumbo eggs
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 package of fresh sugar snap peas, cut in 3rds (about 1 cup)
2 16oz boxes of Chicken Broth or homemade chicken bone broth
Chicken bullion, pepper and garlic powder to taste
Butter (for cooking the mushrooms. About 1 Tbsp) and some oil for frying up the chicken
Directions: Fry up the chicken in large soup pot over medium heat in enough oil to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. When it is done, cover with chicken broth and let it simmer until the meat easily comes off the bone. Debone chicken and add meat back in to the stock. Add water until you get just under 2 quarts of liquid. While chicken is cooking, cook chopped mushrooms in butter in a separate pan. Add mushroom, green onions, and sliced peas to the stock and bring to a rolling boil. Add pepper, garlic and bullion to taste and turn off the heat just before you add in the eggs. Whip eggs together in a bowl. Drizzle VERY slowly while stirring in one direction for silken egg threads.
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Abifae said...

That is pretty darn close to the way I make it. MUCH better than restaurant version. It is really good with some fresh ginger and garlic chili sauce too :)

Lauren said...

That soup looks so good! I will make some the next time a craving for Chinese food hits. So glad to have found a LC version of it! :)

Ashlinocity said...

I made some this morning, and it quite hit the spot. Thanks:)

chattykenyon said...

Hey, where are you? Suffering withdrawal from your blog!!

Health Coaching said...

Chicken soup is very good for a healthy diet.Since chicken is most fat free it helps to maintain the low carb diet.

Linda said...

Healthy Coaching...
You obviously have no clue what you are talking about. Low carb does not mean low fat. A low fat diet is very dangerous and unhealthy.