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Skinny Thai Chicken Noodle Soup: 177 Calories



My life has been insane lately. A good insanity from being busy, being asked to do things, be places. It’s welcomed and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities I’ve been so blessed with, even on the days when it feels like it’s too much. Travel, speaking engagements, book signings, photography jobs, dinners, it’s all amazing I’ve hardly found the self esteem to feel like I even deserve half of it.

Luckily a coping mechanism for me has always been cooking, a double edged sword when you have a propensity to stress eat. So I’ve had to sublimate my urge to gorge on cheesecake with homemade soup. A fine stand in, especially when it takes 15 minutes and only 177 calories a bowl.

It also makes me feel like I have this all under control, and I’m going to go ahead and let myself think that for a while longer.

Stout Braised Pulled Pork Chili


    For the Pork
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2.5-3 lb pork butt (pork shoulder)
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 24 ounces stout beer (or porter)
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • For the Chili
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 3-4 chipotle peppers in adobo, minced
  • 2 tsp adobo sauce from chipotle can
  • Garnish:
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped


  1. In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Sprinkle pork on all sides with spice mixture.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven until hot but not smoking. Sear pork on all sides until browned.
  4. Pour the beer and beef stock over the pork.. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Add a lid at a vent and allow to cook until pork is very tender and shreds easily, about 4 hours. Remove from the pot, shred using two forks, return to the pot and allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove meat from the pot with a slotted spoon to drain off excess moisture (reserve braising liquid).
  5. In a separate pot heat 2 tbs olive oil, cook the onions and red pepper until soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Add 1 ½ cups of the pork braising liquid, black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve topped with cheddar, cilantro, red onion, tomatoes and pulled pork.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks February 4, 2014 um 12:50 am

15 mins?! That’s awesome! Also that it’s skinny & with coconut milk. delish!

And congrats on ALL your accomplishments! You deserve it ALL!


Kitchen Belleicious February 4, 2014 um 5:18 am

no way this is 177 calories! It looks incredible and full of flavor!


Tieghan February 4, 2014 um 9:01 pm

You are killing it. Congrats!!

Oh and this soup? I could eat it daily!


Joel A. February 5, 2014 um 8:41 am

Wow 177 calories! I would love to indulge in these anytime.


Cassie February 5, 2014 um 12:33 pm

Hey, it’s all about balance, right?! I eat terribly when I travel but always figure out how to balance it when I am home. I love this soup!


Megan {Country Cleaver} February 6, 2014 um 8:20 am

Balance – work, eat, sleep, and then crack a beer. I love this soup, you’re feeding my current Thai Food binge. I love it!


Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps February 6, 2014 um 10:49 am

Cooking does the same thing for me — instant relaxation, not matter what’s going on in my life. And this soup? Could cure any period of stress, plus it always makes me feel better when I’m putting something delicious AND healthy in my body.


Jessica February 6, 2014 um 2:42 pm

Have you seen zero cal noodles? Sold on amazon as Miracle noodles, but im sure there are other brands. They remind me of glass/cellophane noodles, they’re made of some japanese yam that is essentially fiber and water and no calories. They smell a little funny straight out of the package but once you rinse them they’re fab, and they take the taste of whatever you put them in. I love them, fast, easy, tasty (once you put them in a dish) and literally zero calories! They’d take your calorie count for this dish down even more = you can eat more of it! yummm lol anyways, just a suggestion, they don’t pay me or anything (maybe they should though! lol)


Jackie February 7, 2014 um 5:26 pm

I’m totally going to look those up!


RavieNomNoms February 7, 2014 um 9:57 am

All about balance! Truly is! Sounds like your life has been exciting! Make sure and take a breather!

Thank you so much for this recipe! I have been searching for one!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 8, 2014 um 12:32 am

At 177 calories, I’ll take 3 bowls please 🙂


lovely laura February 8, 2014 um 10:42 pm

Marvelous! This was fantastic and I double checked the calories and it was just about 177, that’s amazing! and so delicious.


Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 9, 2014 um 11:39 am

The only way I’ll believe this is 177 calories is if it’s served in a thimble. It looks SO good!


Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen February 10, 2014 um 8:09 pm

Looks fabulous Jackie! I love Thai Chicken! Sounds delicious!


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