Chicken Soup With Chinese Herbs Recipe

Chicken Soup with Chinese Herbs
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Astragalus root, called Huang Qi in traditional Chinese medicine (a form of alternative medicine that originated in China), is thought to strengthen the body's immune system.

Astragalus root can be found dried in Chinese herbal shops or some natural health food stores. If you don't have access to astragalus, it can be omitted from the recipe.

Chicken Soup With Chinese Herbs Recipe


  • 1 whole organic chicken, small-to medium-sized
  • short-grain, sticky or Japanese sushi rice, enough to fill the chicken cavity
  • 5 to 7 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger, chopped finely
  • 1 bay leaf
  • sea salt, to taste
  • dark roasted sesame oil, to taste (garnish)
  • green onion, sliced into fine threads (garnish)
  • small Thai chili peppers, chopped very finely (garnish)
  • 2 medium sticks of dried astragalus root (omit if you can't find it)


1. Rinse the chicken thoroughly and trim any excess skin and fat.

2. Fill the entire chicken cavity with rice. Place the chicken inside a covered stockpot and fill the pot with water so that the waterline is approximately 2 inches above the top of the chicken.

3. Place the bay leaf and sea salt in the stockpot. Bring to a boil, then turn down to medium - low so that the water is boiling gently.

4. Add the astragalus, ginger, and garlic and continue cooking for 2 hours or until the chicken and rice are well-cooked.

To serve, cut a piece of chicken and place it in a bowl with some of the rice and soup.

Garnish with green onion threads, Thai chilis (extremely spicy!), and a few drops of dark sesame oil. Enjoy!

Like other supplements, little is known about the safety of regular or long-term use of astragalus root. Learn more about the benefits and uses of astragalus.


Also, the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established. You can get further tips on using supplements here. It's important to note that self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences. If you're considering using astragalus root for any health purpose, make sure to consult your physician first.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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