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Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup

Chicken Herbal Soup
Chinese Herbs Chicken Soup (炖鸡汤)

Drinking Chinese herbal soups in rainy December gives a feeling of warmth and well-being. This soup is nourishing and especially great when you are feeling fatigue; it boosts your general well being. This is the conventional way of stewing/simmering the soup over slow fire on the stove top, for the steaming method of making chicken herbal soup, check out my steamed herbal chicken soup recipe.

Herbs used in Chicken Soup 炖鸡汤

I started out with buying prepacked Chinese herbal mixes and I measured the quantities in the package so that I know the right amount to use and won’t overdose. After some time, I learnt to buy my own herbs individually as it is more economical than buying the premixes. If you are not cooking this too often and for convenience, you can use any brand of prepacked Chinese herbs for stewing chicken soup, they will do the job nicely too.

(serves 3)

– 1/2 chicken, skin removed and cut to small pieces
- Běi Qí (北芪) 6g*
– Dǎng shēn (当参) 15g*
– Huái Shān (淮山) 11g*
- Wolfberries (枸杞子) 23g
- Yù Zhú (玉竹) 23g
– 1.5 litres water
– salt, to taste

* approx. 3 pieces based on the sizes seen in above picture

1. Blanch chicken in boiling water for a few minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water & set aside.
2. Place blanched chicken and the rest of the ingredients in water. After coming to a boil, simmer on low heat for at 45 minutes, and longer if you can.
3. Season to taste with salt. Serve with steamed white rice.

Cooking Notes
1. Time saving tip – I pre-pack the Chinese herbs in a ziplock bag (use a separate small plastic bag/cling wrap for the wolfberries) and store it in the freezer.
2. You can also double boil, slow cook, or use a thermal pot.

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15 Responses to “Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup”

  1. tigerfish — December 12, 2007 @ 4:51 pm

    I like almost any kind of soup.
    I tried Chwee Song prepacked herbal mix before. I like it. You can try steaming a chicken with the herbs and with some seasonings…you can make “Emperor Chicken” (or those steamed herbal chicken) you can get outside. :D


  2. didally — December 12, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

    Yes, this is such a nice weather for soups. I felt so comforting even with a simple miso tofu soup.

    Do you make trips to TCM to buy the herbs as and when you need? Or buy the basics and store at home?


  3. wiffy — December 12, 2007 @ 10:06 pm

    tf:: hihi, I tried steamed herbal chicken b4 but not emperor chicken, maybe I will try that sometime ;p

    didally:: I buy a packet of each herb from NTUC/Eu Yang Sang and store at home… I think it’s cheaper and more convenient this way, hee


  4. WokkingMum — December 13, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    Hmmm … one of my favourite soup! If you can get dried sliced ‘abalone’, add that and you get extra sweet soup.


  5. The Little Teochew — July 30, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

    Oh, I just saw this :) Looks good! Am sure it tastes good too ;)


  6. Tao Why Why via Facebook — January 3, 2012 @ 12:03 pm



  7. Exactly what’s needed in the new year!


  8. Strega Delmare via Facebook — January 7, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    Hi!Few days ago,I had a sweet and sour soup in a local restaurant….a lot ot mushrooms,some chicken and chili!May you tell me a recipe,please,if you like?? Thanks in advance….


  9. penny — May 30, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    hi wiffy,
    i was on a research on “White fungus”,and some how i landed on your interesting website !!first i want to say thanks for sharing your delicous recipes :)
    my question is, does anyone know a particular soup or food which can reduce/cure people with HAY FEVER of any kind?


  10. Manja — December 9, 2015 @ 8:46 pm

    Looks good!! How often can we eat herbal chicken? Will it cause heatiness?


    • wiffy replied: — December 11th, 2015 @ 9:17 am

      That’s up to the individual, everyone is different. And not all Chinese herbs are “heaty”, you can find out more from a doctor or Chinese medical hall practitioner.



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