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Wonton Soup With Chicken, Bok Choy and Chiles

Perfect for weeknight meals
Wonton Soup With Chicken, Bok Choy and Chiles recipe - The Daily Meal
Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling

This wonton soup with chicken and bok choy makes for a perfect fall or winter warm-up—particularly with spicy chile crisp on the side. The dates may seem strange here, but they almost melt, adding a subtle sweetness to the broth.

This recipe was inspired by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo’s classic book “Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking” (Chronicle Books, 2009) and was originally published in the Chicago Tribune.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breast halves on the bone with skin, about 2 1/2 pounds
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 chunk (1 inch long) fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 skinny carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch rounds
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 6 dried pitted medjool dates, optional
  • 1 Tablespoon spicy chile crisp (or sambal oelek or 2 teaspoons Asian hot chile oil), plus more for serving
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce, to taste
  • 2 heads (total 6 ounces) baby bok choy, cut into 2-inch chunks, well rinsed
  • 1 package (8 ounces to 12 ounces) frozen chicken wontons
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

Step 1: To a large saucepan or Dutch oven, add 4 chicken breast halves on the bone with skin (about 2 1/2 pounds), 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth, 1 chunk (1 inch long) finely chopped fresh ginger, 2 ribs celery (cut into 1-inch pieces), 2 skinny carrots (peeled and cut into 1-inch rounds), 1 large yellow onion (peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks) and 6 dried pitted medjool dates (optional). Add enough cool water to submerge chicken, usually about 4 cups.

Step 2: Heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low and partly cover the pot. Simmer gently, 30 minutes. Turn off heat. Let chicken cool in the broth if you have time.

Step 3: Transfer chicken with tongs to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard skin and bones from chicken. Tear chicken meat into large shreds.

Step 4: Return chicken broth to a simmer. Add 1 tablespoon chile crisp (or the alternative) and 2 to 3 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce, to taste.

Step 5: Add the shredded chicken and 2 heads baby bok choy (cut into 2-inch chunks and well rinsed), and return to a simmer. Add wontons; simmer gently just until they are warmed through, about 3 minutes.

Step 6: Serve soup in wide bowls topped with 2 chopped green onions and chopped fresh cilantro. Pass more chile crisp to add to your liking.