Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mini Chicken Cilantro Won Ton Soup

I should just change the name of this blog to "Trader Joe obsessed lady cooks."  Well that's not how this recipe started out though.  When we think about it, we like to try at least one new thing per grocery trip and one of the things we got were TJ's Chicken Cilantro Mini Won Tons.  We had a couple of servings then, as things do, they started getting further toward the bottom of the freezer.  I saw them and started craving Chinese food but won ton soup is usually a pretty big sodium bomb.  Good thing this isn't...



Here's what you'll need:

Mini Cilantro Chicken Won Ton Soup
Makes 3 servings

4 cups Trader Joe's Low Sodium Chicken Broth
20 Trader Joe's Cilantro Chicken Mini Won Tons*
1/4 cup frozen spinach
1/4 cup yellow onion
Salt free spices  (I used black and white pepper, thyme and garlic powder)

Let's get this party started!


In a large saucepan or stock pot, add the box (4 cups) of chicken broth.


Dice enough onion for 1/4 cup.


Add to the broth and cook over medium high heat, add your spices.


Add the frozen spinach and cook for about 10 minutes.


Add the mini won tons and cook for another 10 minutes.


When the won tons puff up and float, reduce the heat to simmer for 5 minutes.


Spoon it up and enjoy with your favorite healthy Chinese dish!


If you're not used to low sodium soups, you may want to add a dash or two of salt to your individual bowl but be aware this will alter the nutritional information.

* If you do not have a Trader Joe's near you, Annie Chun also makes the exact same mini won tons and you might have better luck finding them at your local big box grocery!

Nutritional Information per serving:  Calories 110  Total Fat 1g  Sodium 370mg  Potassium 45mg  Total Carbs 17g  Fiber 2g  Sugars 2g  Protein 5g  Vitamin A  17%  Vitamin C 2%  Calcium 1%  Iron 4%

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20 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this. The won tons on their own were great but having won ton soup again after, well I can't even remember the last time I had won ton soup actually, was a nice treat. And I get the last serving today for lunch!!

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    1. I really liked it too! I felt like it did need a dash of salt but didn't add it and was fine and it was very filling especially for 150 cals for our serving. I'll definitely be making this again! Glad you liked it!

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  2. This sounds so good. I don't have a Trader Joe's anywhere near me. I really do like wonton soup, but they never put enough wontons in there, and I know it's normally a sodium bust for the day.

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  3. BTW, what do you mean enjoy with my favorite healthy Chinese dish? All the ones I absolutely love are very unhealthy.

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    1. Are you kidding, my favorite dish is General Tso's Chicken and I remade it (not breaded of course)! Our entire dinner last night was 631 calories and 1350mg sodium (balanced my sodium for the rest of the day to fit it in) for a big ol' bowl of won ton soup and a plate of healthy tso's chicken!

      If I had gotten my "usual" at Panda Express (2 entree Orange Chicken over steamed rice and 2 small veggie rolls) I would've been at 1500 calories and 2210mg sodium. It can be done and deliciously so!

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  4. I might have to move just to live near a trader joes! This place sounds magical! Do they do online ordering? I'm going to find out!! I am a Chinese food addict. My husband actually banned everyone we know (even in the video games we play) from saying Chinese food because it always sounds good! I am always down for some healthier Chinese!

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    1. I would totally make that criteria for a move. "Is there a Trader Joe's nearby? No? NEXT!" ;) Annie Chun's makes the same won tons, same nutritional info so keep your eyes open at your local grocery. Here's a store locator to see if they're available near you.

      http://www.anniechun.com/stores

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  5. I haven't seen frozen wontons anywhere here, I'll have to keep an eye out.

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    1. Yep, stuff like that is one of those things you kind of have to be looking for. I wouldn't have noticed them otherwise.

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  6. We don't have a Trader Joe's anywhere near us. This soup recipe looks incredibly good and easy to make (which is a big plus for me). Now I just have to search for wontons.

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    1. Hopefully you can find the Annie Chun version near you. If not, improvise, you never know what's lurking in your grocers freezer!

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  7. Love those little wontons..they are super yummy. Love the idea of using them for soup especially with the spinach. Another winner, Mrs!

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    1. I love 'em too but I knew we wouldn't likely use them as appetizers much but when I thought "won ton soup!", I was all in baby!

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  8. The closest Trader Joe's to me is 10 hours away! I've never been but my aunt brought me back some cookie butter a few weeks ago because I had seen it on your blog. That stuff is awesome! She is going back in a few weeks and I'm having her bring me a bunch of jars of the stuff to give as Christmas gifts to friends. There is nothing like it where I live! This soup looks delish-I'll have to search for some mini won tons where I live. Thanks for the healthy recipes!

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    1. Well have her grab some wontons and as a little hint, some fig butter because you're going to want it on hand soon! ;-)

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  9. You know, I think there's a website that holds a monthly contest for recipes that use ingredients from Trader Joe's. And the prize is a Trader Joe's gift card! So then the cycle continues. :) Anyway, you should enter! Totally love how doable this is. And much preferable to making the wontons by hand!

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  10. Yum! That looks super comforting and warm! It's been pretty cold her lately, and all I want to do is eat soup. I so wish we had a Trader Joe's here too, but not so much. I'm lucky we have a grocery store at all!

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  11. Yummy pics, as usual. I do the exact same thing with Ms.Chung's wontons, except I add baby bok choy and scallions; so good. I didn't know about TJ's wontons though so I might have to check them out next time I am close by.

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  12. Have to take my son his birthday present when it gets here and there is a Trader Joes on my way there - going to DEFINITELY have to try this!! I LOVE wonton soup.

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