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Healthified Thai Chicken Soup

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42% fewer calories • 69% less sat fat • 55% more vitamin A than the original recipe. Warm yourself with a high-flavored twist on a cold-weather classic. Take further comfort in the added nutrition from red peppers and baby spinach.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1
teaspoon canola oil
1
small onion, cut into thin wedges (1 cup)
2
cups sliced fresh mushrooms (6 oz)
1/2
medium red bell pepper, cut into thin bite-size strips (1 cup)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
teaspoon red curry paste
4
cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2
cups shredded cooked chicken breast
1
teaspoon packed brown sugar
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
tablespoon cornstarch
2
tablespoons cold water
1
can (14 oz) reduced-fat (lite) coconut milk (not cream of coconut)
4
cups fresh baby spinach leaves
2
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges, if desired

Directions

  • 1 In 4-quart nonstick Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and mushrooms; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add bell pepper and garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes longer, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat; stir in curry paste until melted.
  • 2 Stir in broth, chicken, brown sugar and salt. Return to heat. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • 3 In small bowl, stir cornstarch and water until smooth. Add cornstarch mixture and coconut milk to soup mixture; heat to boiling. Cook over medium heat about 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened.
  • 4 Stir in spinach and cilantro. Cook about 1 minute, or just until mixture is hot and spinach is wilted. Serve soup with lime wedges.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take: Healthified

  • Calories Reduced By 110
  • Fat Reduced By 12g
  • Saturated Fat Reduced By 9g
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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
160
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
30mg
30%;
Sodium
560mg
560%;
Total Carbohydrate
12g
12%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
14g
14%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%;
Vitamin C
35%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Before After
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon canola oil
1 carton (32 oz) chicken broth 1/2 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin bite-size strips (1 cup)
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken 1 carton (32 oz) Progresso® reduced-sodium chicken broth (4 cups)
1 can (14 oz) coconut milk 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves 1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water
1 can (14 oz) reduced-fat (lite) coconut milk (not cream of coconut)
4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
Nutritional Highlights
Calories
 
 
260 (before)
150 (after)
Saturated Fat
 
 
13 g (before)
4 g (after)
Total Fat
 
 
19 g (before)
7 g (after)
Vitamin A (%DV)
 
 
20 (before)
45 (after)

Did You Know?

Expert Tips

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

Like it spicy? Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon additional curry paste.

Coconut milk and curry paste are both available at many supermarkets in the Asian foods aisle, or look for these specialty products at Asian markets.

If you don't have cornstarch you can use 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour instead. Increase the amount of cold water to 1/4 cup.

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We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 12/09/2013. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
160
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
30mg
30%;
Sodium
560mg
560%;
Total Carbohydrate
12g
12%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
14g
14%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%;
Vitamin C
35%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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