Quick and Easy Chicken Meal

Low Carb Keto Chinese Chicken Noodle Bowl
Quick Fix For Carb Lovers
When Craving Strikes

This delicious quick and easy chicken meal is awesome for anybody loves Chinese and comfort food.  It is low carb.  Yes, you heard me right.  It is low carb.  How could it be possible?  Great question.  Thanks to Shirataki, a Japanese noodles made from konjac yam (find out more from Wikipedia).

Quick and Easy Chicken Meal | Low Carb Keto Chinese Chicken Noodle Bowl

Prep Time: 5 Minutes   Cook Time: 15 Minutes   Serving: 2-3



Low Carb Keto Chinese Chicken Noodle Bowl - This quick and easy chicken meal is perfect for anybody who loves noodles, but have to watch the carbs intake.  It sure will satisfy your craving.

The texture of Shirataki is very similar to Chinese glass noodles (a.k.a. Bean Vermicelli).  The thread of Shirataki is much thicker and it is impossible to overcook. 

What I meant about "overcook" is that if you cook Chinese glass noodles for too long, they will get soggy.  But this doesn't happen with Shirataki.   After so many times of experimenting of this ingredient, I can confirm that.  In fact, if you have any leftover of this low carb keto Chinese chicken noodle bowl, don't worry about the noodles absorbing all the soup.  The soup will still be there and the noodles keep its texture intact.  It's pretty amazing.

Quick and Easy Chicken Meal
Low Carb Keto Chinese Chicken Noodle Bowl
Quick Fix For Carb Lovers
When Craving Strikes

I remember trying Shirataki more than 10 years ago and it was not even known by most people then.  The odor was the reason that I swore I would never touch it again.

Well, since starting the Keto diet in Sep 2018, I cut down all my carbs from grains.  Although I have one cheat meal a week, it is still very tough when the craving strikes in the middle of the week.  

Because of that, it pushed me to give Shirataki a second chance.  I tried many recipes that I found online.  But due to its special texture, it just doesn’t cook the way like any noodles or pasta.  I was able to get rid of the odor.  But the Shirataki noodles hold so much water that it is very difficult to get rid of the excess liquid.  Worst of all, due to the moisture level, flavor and sauces don’t stick well on this ingredient.

Then, a light bulb moment happened one day.  

My mom always teaches me this traditional method.  Use its enemy to solve the problem coming from within.  In this case, our "enemy" is water, i.e. the extra moisture in the noodles.  So, we are using water to solve the problem that comes along with it.

CHEF NOTES: How To Prepare Shirataki For Any Dishes?

Here are the steps to tackle the challenges of Shirataki presents:

  1. Drain Shirataki into a strainer
  2. Rinse the noodles with running cold tap water (the rule of thumb is 30 seconds for 8 oz)
  3. Bring a medium sauce pan of water to a boil and add Shirataki 
  4. When water boils again, drain Shirataki through strainer one more time.  The the noodles are ready for use in any dishes.


Types of Shirataki

Because of its increasing popularity, this kind of low carb noodles has more and more types and shapes in the market nowadays.  Many of them are made of tofu.  They tend to have a regular egg noodles' yellowish color.  The 2 main shapes of Shirataki are spaghetti and fettuccine. So, you can imagine the look and the thickness of these  noodles.

But for this specific low carb keto Chinese chicken noodle bowl, I use the kind called "Traditional Shirataki" which is semi-translucent in color.  The shape is like a kind of traditional Chinese noodles called "Lai Fen".  In short, it is very similar to spaghetti, but not its color.

Options for Carb Eaters

As I mentioned earlier, it took me a long time to get used to the texture of Shirataki.  So, I can understand that some may share the same opinions like me.  If you are not on diet, this quick and easy chicken meal presents many options for you.  You can use any type of noodles of your preference.

Options for Families with
Carb Eaters and Members on Diet

For families having both members on diet and carb eaters, you can certainly serve this quick and easy chicken meal with different types of noodles.  Rice sticks would be the best option.  It is because both Shirataki recommended here and rick sticks cook about the same time.  Follow the instructions below:

  1. Double the quantity of boiling water  
  2. Once the water boils, half goes to a bowl to soak the rice sticks  
  3. Keep the other half in the pot to boil the Shirataki

Then, while you are waiting for the hot water to do its magic on the rice sticks, you can re-direct your attention to prepare this quick and easy chicken meal.  Dinner will be ready for everyone at the same time.

Low Carb Keto Chinese Chicken Noodle Bowl - This delicious quick and easy chicken meal is awesome for anybody loves Chinese and comfort food.

Quick and Easy Chicken Meal
Ingredients and Instructions

Ingredients

2 pack (8 oz each) Shirataki
2 cup Chicken Bone Broth
1 (about 8oz) Cooked Chicken Breast (Shredded.  Any leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken would work.  You can also make your own rotisserie chicken.)
1 slice Ginger (optional) or 1/2 tsp Ginger Powder
1-2 Scallion (optional; chopped)
1 Medium Saucepan of Water
Salt and Pepper to taste 

  1. Bring a medium sauce pan of water to a boil
  2. While waiting, drain Shirataki through a strainer and run cold tap water for about a minute
  3. Transfer Shirataki into boiling water
  4. When water starts boiling again, drain noodles and put them aside for now
  5. Use the same saucepan and bring bone broth to a boil
  6. Add ginger (optional) and noodles into the boiling broth
  7. When broth starts to simmer, add cooked chicken into the sauce pan and warm up (about a minute)
  8. Salt and pepper to taste; garnish with chopped scallions (optional) and serve immediately 

Quick and Easy Chicken Meal
Steps with Photos

Quick and Easy Chicken Meal | Low Carb Keto Chinese Chicken Noodle Bowl - Drain Shirataki through a strainer and run cold tap water for about a minuteDrain Shirataki through a strainer and run cold tap water for about a minute
Quick and Easy Chicken Meal | Low Carb Keto Chinese Chicken Noodle Bowl - Transfer Shirataki into boiling waterTransfer Shirataki into boiling water
Quick and Easy Chicken Meal | Low Carb Keto Chinese Chicken Noodle Bowl - Use the same saucepan and bring bone broth to a boilUse the same saucepan and bring bone broth to a boil
Quick and Easy Chicken Meal | Low Carb Keto Chinese Chicken Noodle Bowl - Add ginger (optional) and noodles into the boiling brothAdd ginger (optional) and noodles into the boiling broth
Quick and Easy Chicken Meal | Low Carb Keto Chinese Chicken Noodle Bowl - Add cooked chicken into the sauce pan and warm upAdd cooked chicken into the sauce pan and warm up
Quick and Easy Chicken Meal | Low Carb Keto Chinese Chicken Noodle Bowl - Garnish with chopped scallions (optional) and ENJOY!Garnish with chopped scallions (optional) and ENJOY!

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