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a bowl of nourishing soup

Chicken Soup

Zach Beattie, MAc.OM, Dipl.O.M., L.Ac.
This chicken soup, brimming with TCM herbal medicine is just the thing to deeply nourish and support new mothers.


  • 1 whole Chicken silkie or black chicken if possible, regular chicken if not - around 2 lbs or 1 kg.
  • ¼ Cup (60ml) Shaoxing Chinese cooking wine or sherry
  • 4 (2oz or 60g) Scallions, chopped
  • 1.5 oz (45g) Fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 oz (25g) Shiitake mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 bag Dried herbs from Cherry Blossom Healing Arts separate out the goji berries and red dates
  • White (or regular) soy sauce to taste (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Rinse chicken, remove giblets, and place in a large stockpot or dutch oven. Add in cooking wine, scallions, ginger, and bagged herbs.
  • Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat and scoop off any foam that rises to the surface. Continue at a gentle simmer until the chicken is cooked through and falls off the bone, about 45 minutes.
  • Carefully remove chicken from the broth and allow time to cool before removing the meat (and skin if you like it).
  • Return carcass to broth, cover, and cook at a very gentle simmer for a clearer broth, about 3 hours, or a light boil for a creamier broth, about 2 hours.
  • Strain broth, discarding chicken carcass and aromatics. Return broth to the pot, add in chicken meat, goji berries, dates, and mushrooms. Simmer until mushrooms are cooked through about 2-4 minutes.
  • Season with additional salt, pepper, or soy sauce as needed.  Garnish with chopped scallions and enjoy!