Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup Packet 药膳鸡汤
Considered an everyday staple in a Chinese household for general well-being, our Chinese Chicken Soup is drunk at the start of the meal to open and warm the stomach for optimal absorption of nutrients for the meal to follow.
It’s nourishing, calming, and immune boosting benefits also support digestion to benefit our entire system in order to navigate this crazy world.
Jujube (Da Zao, 紅棗)
Chinese Angelica Root (Dang Gui, 当归片)
Astragalus Root (Bei Qi / Huang Qi, 北芪 / 黃芪)
Codonopsis Root (Dang Shen, 党参)
Chinese Yam (Shan Yao / Huai Shan, 山药 / 淮山)
Solomon’s Seal (Yu Zhu, 玉竹)
Goji Berries (Gou Qi Zi, 枸杞字)
Dried Longan Fruit (Long Yan Rou, 龙眼肉)
Total weight: 164g
THE HERBS EXPLAINED
Jujube (Da Zao, 紅棗) - Like a warm and sweet hug, this herb is an invitation to calm the spirit to ease irritability, nourish our blood, and strengthen the Spleen and Stomach to support poor appetite.
Chinese Angelica Root (Dang Gui, 当归片) - A powerful blood tonic, this herb moves and invigorates blood to relieve stasis. Strong and flowing blood is the foundation for good health according to TCM.
Astragalus Root (Bei Qi / Huang Qi, 北芪 / 黃芪) - Supporting deficient Spleen Qi and tonifying the Lungs, this herb prevents frequent colds, shortness of breath, and digestive issues like fatigue, lack of appetite, and diarrhea. It also augments the Wei Qi (protective Qi) akin to our immune system to stabilize and prevent external pathogens from entering the body.
Codonopsis Root (Dang Shen, 党参) - This herb eases digestive upsets such as lack of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea due to Spleen deficiency. This herb tonifies the Middle and augments the Qi. It also tonifies the Lung to ease chronic cough, shortness of breath, and sputum due to Lung and Spleen Qi deficiency.
Chinese Yam (Shan Yao / Huai Shan, 山药 / 淮山) - Because of its neutral nature, this herb works as a supportive digestive aid, balances the Kidneys to relieve stress and anxiety, enhances energy, and supports weakness.
Solomon’s Seal (Yu Zhu, 玉竹) - Nourishes Yin to clear heat and dryness particularly from the Lung and Stomach. This heat manifests through cough, dry throat, constipation, and dizziness.
Goji Berries (Gou Qi Zi) - Commonly known for its high antioxidant and vitamin content necessary for immunity, this herb enriches blood, tonifies the Liver and Kidneys (beneficial for the eyes), and moistens and enriches Lung Yin to prevent cough.
Longan Fruit (Long Yan Rou, 龙眼肉) - Replenishes blood and Qi to calm the spirit and nerves to support restful slumber.
- 1 whole chicken (silkie chicken is recommended as it is more nourishing, but a regular chicken will suffice if you cannot find)
- Water sufficient to submerge the whole chicken and herbs
- 1/4 c Shaoxing Wine (for digestion, helps the blood run faster)
- 5 inches Ginger (sliced)
Optional ingredients for flavour
- 9 Shitake Mushrooms
- 8 Dried Scallops (fingernail size)
- 3-4 figs
- 1-2 carrots
Vegan/vegetarian substitute shitake mushrooms for chicken
1. Gently rinse the herbs.
2. Parboil the chicken for 5 minutes and discard the water. Rinse the chicken to clean off any lingering scum. This is to ensure your soup is clear.
3. Add the meat/mushrooms, wine, ginger, the entire herb packet, and any additional ingredients (if using) into enough water to cover the whole chicken and other ingredients, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour covered. You may need to occasionally skim off the scum, but parboiling the meat should prevent this.
4. Add the Goji Berries and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
5. Season with salt to taste, and enjoy hot or warm!
Each batch of this soup is 4 servings, and can be consumed 1-2 times over a number of days.
Always drink warm or hot!
Consult your TCM practitioner if pregnant or breastfeeding. Keep out of reach of children. This product is not intended to replace your practitioner. It is intended for general well-being and does not involve the diagnosing, prognosticating, or prescribing of medicine for any disease.
Sugar, Caffeine, Artificial Flavours, Food Colouring, or Preservatives