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Steamed Chicken Herbal Soup

Steamed Herbal Chicken Soup

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This is a lazy recipe for chicken herbal soup cooked via steaming instead of the usual simmering method. I just came back from holiday and caught a cold, so I was not really in the mood for cooking anything fancy. I was just yearning to drink some nourishing home-made chicken soup but since there is no one to cook it for me, I use this short cut and equally good method to get rich herbal chicken soup.

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For convenience, I used a packet of pre-packed Chinese herbs for stewing chicken soup (in this case I used half a packet for half a chicken). Since less water is used, the soup is concentrated and rich.

Steamed Herbal Chicken Soup

Straight off the steamer

I’m too lazy to cut the chicken so I used a half chicken (butterflied cut) and steamed it together (uncut) with the Chinese herbs, and when cooked, the meat should come off the bones quite easily. I roughly shred the meat using spoon and fork, then transfer the soup and shredded chicken meat into a soup bowl – it really looks more like a stewed soup than a steamed chicken dish when you “repackaged” it this way. The recipe makes two bowls of soup for two.

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15 Responses to “Steamed Chicken Herbal Soup”

  1. Nasi Lemak Lover — September 29, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    i still have a pkt of herbs, look like this is a perfect recipe for me, i’m lazy too! hehehe, Thanks for sharing.


  2. tigerfish — September 30, 2011 @ 12:22 am

    Hope you are feeling better. I can totally empathize with you. I had to cook for myself even though I was injured, had only “one” arm and even when I was supposed to rest :( …bo bian…..

    Drinking more soups is good – help you replenish the much needed energy. Take care.


    • wiffy replied: — October 4th, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

      I can’t imagine cooking with one arm, you are really good! But I also understand that it’s difficult to not do anything for a whole month, for me especially online. Hope you recover 100% soon :)


  3. daphne — September 30, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    I am having some gastric issues so this soup would be so perfect for me now! Hope you are feeling better though and that someone is cooking for you!!!!


    • wiffy replied: — October 4th, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

      never will have anyone cooking for me, unless I eat out!!


  4. anna chia — September 30, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    Hope you are better!


    • wiffy replied: — October 4th, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

      Thanks :)


  5. Little Corner of Mine — October 1, 2011 @ 3:59 am

    What a great dish! I have all these herbs but I never combine them before, guess it’s time to give it a try!


  6. HoppingHammy — October 3, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    It looks so pretty, but it’s surprising to hear it was not a lot of fuss to make! I hope you are feeling better now!


    • wiffy replied: — October 4th, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

      thanks hopping, good to see ya :D


  7. Lady G — November 2, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    I love herbal soup of any kind, my favorite was Chicken and Dong Quai Soup, this one looks really nice too.


  8. Platanos, Mangoes & Me! — November 10, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

    This soups sounds and looks fantastic. I can smell it from here.



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