Ginseng with Silkie Chicken Soup

For centuries, ginseng has been highly esteemed for its amazing health benefits. Ginseng is perhaps most well known to boost our memory power and energy levels.

Asian cuisine, especially Chinese, consider Silkie meat to be curative food, food with healing properties. Traditional Chinese medicine often use Silkie to make chicken soup.

This recipe is easy to prepare, surprisingly tasty and well worth the time. Traditionally used in Chinese medicine to help boost immune system, relieve cold and flu symptoms, warm the body and improve mental performance and well being.

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Ingredients

  • 1 small silkie chicken - cut into big parts
  • 15g American ginseng
  • 20g yu zhu
  • 20g goji berries
  • 20g huai shan (dried Chinese yam)
  • 5 big dried red dates (or 10 small ones)
  • 2 dried honey dates (optional)
  • 1.6 litres water (or enough to submerge all ingredients by about an inch)
  • Salt - to taste

Preparation Instructions

  1. Blanch chicken in a pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes. Drain and put it aside.
  2. Place all ingredients and soaking water except the goji berries into a soup pot and bring it to a boil. Then lower the flame to the smallest setting and let it simmer for about 1.5 - 2 hours.
  3. Add in goji berries into the soup in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Season with salt to taste.

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