Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup


May 20, 2016

A traditional Chinese herbal chicken soup with flavorful ingredients. It has been believed that the ingredients in this soup can help boosting blood circulation and restoring energy.

  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs 40 mins
  • Yields: 8 Servings


1 (3 lbs. or smaller) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces or more

1 (approx. 1/3 oz.) Korean or American ginseng

10 dried Jujube fruits

2 tbsp. of Wolfberry (Goji) fruits

1-inch ginger root, peeled and sliced

1 ½ tsp. of kosher salt

2 ½ quarts of water for cooking

2 quarts of boiling water to blanch chicken pieces


1In a large pot, boil 2 quarts of water for blanching the chicken pieces.

2In the meantime, in a clean medium bowl or colander, rinse and drain jujube, goji, ginseng, and ginger to remove dirt. Set aside.

3Blanch chicken in boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Drain the fast-boiled chicken, and rinse thoroughly in cold water to remove excess fat globules and scum that stick to the chicken.

4Transfer cleaned chicken pieces into a large pot.

5Add 2½ quarts of water and the remaining ingredients (dried herbs and roots).

6Bring the soup mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 2 hours 30 minutes. Salt to taste.

*Consult with your dietitian to make sure this recipe fits in your diet plan and stage.

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