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Recipe: Chicken adobo soup with bok choy

Updated: 07-03-2012

Dietitian's tip: Adobo, the national dish of the Philippines, is a tangy stew made with pork or chicken. This version has the original blend of soy sauce, vinegar and garlic, plus Chinese greens (bok choy).

Ingredients

Serves: 4

  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 1/2 cups skinned and shredded roasted or boiled chicken breast meat
  • 1/2 cup uncooked whole-wheat couscous or 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 pound baby bok choy, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/2-inch wide
  • 2 green (spring) onions, including tender green tops, thinly sliced

Directions

In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and bay leaf over medium-high heat. Heat the mixture until it just comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the yellow onion and saute until soft and lightly golden, about 6 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add the soy sauce mixture, chicken and couscous. Return to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the bok choy and simmer until the bok choy is tender, about 2 minutes.

Discard the bay leaf. Ladle into warmed individual bowls and garnish with the green onions. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Analysis per serving
  • Calories: 240
  • Total carbohydrate: 28 g
  • Cholesterol: 56 mg
  • Dietary fiber: 4 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1 g
  • Protein: 23 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Sodium: 828 mg
  • Sugars: 0 g
  • Total fat: 4 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
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