Do you ever look in the fridge and realize you have nothing for dinner? ARGH. In that moment you feel a little defeated and have a "now what!?" moment. Just me? That was me the night I made chicken pineapple udon soup. I remembered the case of Aidell's chicken meatballs I bought at Costco the weekend before and I put them in the deep freezer so I forgot about them. Thank you freezer Gods!
Here's the thing, they were SO delicious when I tasted them at Costco and in my haste to get the ginormous 100 person serving box (not really but, you know...Costco haha) I didn't think what in the world would I make with PINEAPPLE CHICKEN MEATBALLS. It would up being perfect because I had recently restocked my udon noodles and if you have never used udon noodles they are basically a wide rice noodle and they have a distinct flavor unlike regular pasta in a box. Its not a bad flavor, it's a really really good flavor. Since the meatballs are already cooked you just need to heat them up in the oven and get a little color on them. It's a super quick and easy dinner. Pair it with some edamame on the side.
As a note you can pretty much make any soup base out of chicken stock. Then add your seasoning and vegetables. BAM, soup. And thats precisely what I did. You'll notice some carrots in the photo but I seasoned the broth with ginger, garlic and sesame oil as well. The aromas of pineapple and ginger and so delicious together. Scrumptious. I'll leave it at that, SCRUMPTIOUS.
2 tsp Sesame oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp ginger powder (or fresh you'd like)
1 box good chicken broth (not the cheap stuff)
1 carrot, julienned
½ pkg udon noodles
1 pkg Aidell’s pineapple chicken meatballs
splash of soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Cook meatballs per package directions, in the oven (these are pre-cooked and just need to be heated)
In a soup pot heat sesame oil over low heat
Add in the carrot, garlic and ginger powder whisking around for 1-2 minutes
Add the chicken broth and soy sauce and bring to a boil
Add in udon noodles and cook until al dente
Season with salt and pepper
Ladle into a bowl topped with the meatballs