Chinese Herbs for Chicken Soup, Herb Pack
Does chicken soup really help fight a cold? Good nutrition and hot fluid are proven to help, and chicken soup provides both.
Add medicinal Chinese herb and you’ve got a soup with real power to fight a cold.
This Chinese herbal chicken soup recipe is perfect for nourishing the body’s immune and nervous systems, boosting energy and strength and bringing healing. The Chinese Herbs for Chicken Soup herb pack provides all the herbs needed, already measured out for you.
Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup Recipe
Total Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Author: Yvonne Oh (Credit Souper Diaries: Chinese and Asian Food Recipes)
Recipe type: Slow Cooked Soups
- 500 g chicken parts – skin removed
- Chinese Chicken Soup Herb Pack
- Astragalus Root (Huang Qí) – 20 g
- Codonopsis Root (Dǎng shēn) – 20 g
- Soloman’s Seal (Yù Zhú) – 20 g
- Dang Gui – 10 g
- Dried Chinese Yam (Shān Yao) – 20g
- Goji berries (Gou Qi Zi) – 15 g
- Dried Figs – 4
- Dried Red Dates (Hong Zao) – 8g
- 8 cups of water
- Salt – to taste
- Blanch chicken pieces in a (non-metallic) pot of boiling water for a few minutes until you see the scum and dirt float up. Remove and set aside.
- Rinse all the dried herbs briefly to remove dust and dirt. Put the dried herbs and water into a clay pot and bring to a boil. Once the water starts boiling, add the chicken parts.
- Lower the heat to the smallest flame and simmer for at least 1.5 hours or 2 hours the most. The chicken should be tender but not falling apart.
- Season with salt before serving.
1. This recipe serves four. If you plan to use less chicken (say about 350 g), reduce the amount of water to 6 cups.
2. Chicken on the bone is recommended for this recipe and not chicken breast as the former is more tender.
Below is a brief description of some of the Chinese herbs for chicken soup and its curative properties.
1. Dried Chinese Yam – Shān Yao
Chinese yam strengthens the spleen and stomach to aid digestion, nourishes kidney, lowers blood sugar, promotes longevity, treats loss of appetite, body fatigue, diarrhoea and other ailments.
2. Wolfberries – Gǒu Qǐ Zǐ (枸杞子)
Wolfberries have many nutritional values. Among them, it improves immune function, increases energy and has an anti-fatigue effect, anti-cancer, improves eyesight, improves brain function and enhances learning and memory capabilities.
3. Soloman’s Seal – Yù Zhú (玉竹)
These slivers of the curly herb are yellowish in colour and are believed to treat ailments related to the lungs and throat. It helps with a dry cough, sore throat and thirst.
4. Astragalus Root – Huang Qí
Astragalus is said to prevent and treat common colds and upper respiratory infections, and it’s usually combined with other herbs that also help support and strengthen the immune system, such as ginseng, angelica and licorice.
5. Codonopsis Root – Dǎng shēn (当参)
Main Codonopsis uses and indications include deficiency in lung and spleen, shortness of breath and heart palpitations, reduced appetite, loose stools, deficient asthma and cough, and heat diabetes.
6. Dried Red Dates – Hóng Zǎo (红枣)
Dried red dates balance qi and nourish the blood. It also helps to improve insomnia, reduces cholesterol and protects the liver.