I love stir fry. But with little kids and a busy schedule I don’t always have time to stand at the stove and cook.
So I came up with a new way to eat stir fry – as a soup! Throw all of the ingredients in the crockpot in the morning. Dinner will be ready whenever you need it.
You get the rich, nutrient dense broth plus the sweet and sour flavors of stir fry.
This soup is great because you can add whatever vegetables you like/what you tolerate. It can be served plain or over rice or quinoa. You can even add the starch right into the crockpot to really make it a one pot meal.
If you don’t have any chicken on hand beef will work as well. A beef and broccoli stir fry soup is just as great as chicken and vegetables. The base is the same, just swap the meat and vegetables.
If you have very small children or kids with food texture issues you can just cook the vegetables to start. Then puree the soup. Then add the chicken and let it cook the rest of the way. You’ll still have the sweet and sour flavor, but in pureed form.
This makes a great light and simple meal after all of the holiday gatherings. Plus it will be great for your immune system after parties, traveling and not so healthy foods.
Sweet and sour chicken stir fry soup is a great weeknight meal that you can prepare in just a few minutes. Then you’ll have a nutritious and delicious dinner ready in the evening.
Do you like stir fry? Why not try it as a soup!
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" pieces
- 3 cups vegetables, cut in bite size pieces
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- optional: 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cup quinoa, 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
- Combine the broth, chicken, vegetables, honey, salt and garlic powder (and coconut oil) in a crockpot.
- Cook on high 4-8 hours or low 6-12 hours.
- If desired add rice or quinoa during the last hour of cooking and turn to high.
- You can add coconut oil to the crockpot or to individual bowls to balance the fat/protein/starch of the soup.
- Beef broth and cut up beef can be substituted for the chicken broth and chicken.
- You can serve the soup over rice instead of adding rice to the crockpot.
- For a pureed version cook just the broth, vegetables, honey and seasoning until vegetables are tender (about 3 hours). Then add the chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked (about 4 hours).