Traditional Chinese Detoxifying Chicken Soup
Culinary cuisine supported by thousands of years of history, warming the stomachs and hearts of conoisseurs, but often forgotten by our younger generation - Chinese tradtional soups.
I'm not talking about those MSG filled soups that you are often served at Chinese restaurants. Those who have tried authentic homemade Chinese soups know what I will be talking about, and those who have not, please scroll down for my first recipe below! Most people from today's younger generation may or may not agree that these soups might not always taste the best - but I'm determined to show you a simple recipe that tastes great and is loaded with nutrients.
A normal chicken noodle soup is delicious, but contrary to popular belief, it is not nearly as nutritious as the chicken soup recipe below. Why? Mainly attributed to the dried ingredients that I will list below, and here's a little bit as to why:
Jujube: soothes anxiety, helps regulate blood pressure, traditionally used to treat insomnia, promotes blood circulation
Goji berries: antioxidant, anti-aging, helps with weight loss, improves chlolesterol levels, boosts energy levels, may help with preventing cancer growth
Ginseng: Strong antioxidant (helps with inflammation), boosts immune system, increases energy levels, improves blood sugar levels
Dried longan: improves overall bowel health and helps control blood sugar (especially with diabetes)
You will need (recommended, but not mandatory):
A small ceramic or clay pot, I have linked some options below if you don't already have:
1. You can buy this, but would definitely need to place this ceramic pot in a larger stainless steel pot and fill the stainless steel pot with water up until it covers half of the smaller ceramic pot https://www.amazon.ca/OUYAWEI-Ceramics-Microwave-Pressure-Available/dp/B083NXFVGS/ref=sr_1_7?qid=1586039125&refinements=p_n_feature_four_browse-bin%3A6819287011&s=kitchen-substore&sr=1-7&th=1
2. This clay pot can be fine if put directly on the stove https://www.amazon.ca/Large-Chinese-Handles-Wok-Shop/dp/B00018U1HS
OR a medium stainless steel sauce pan. This option is less ideal since the steel "eats" up some of the nutrients from the ingredients.
1 large chicken breast
6-8 smaller sized dried red jujube dates/3-4 larger sized ones (you can find these at any chinese herbal supply store)
1 piece of small ginseng root (again, you can find these at any chinese herbal supply store)
8 small sized dried longan (chinese herbal supply store)
2-3 tbsp equivalent-full of dried goji berries (you can adjust this to adding more if you'd like)
1 tsp of pure himalayan pink salt
Brita filtered water enough to fill it to the top of the small ceramic pot. I recommend 4-5 cups of water for those using a stainless steel saucepan
1. Rinse the chicken breast and remove any excess fat (your chicken breast meat should be as lean as possible). I recommend using organic chicken breast as I find it to be more lean.
2. Rinse all dry ingredients.
3. Put all ingredients above into the pot, and fill with filtered water until the entire pot is covered to the top - literally. (If you are not using a ceramic pot, then I recommend using 4-5 cups of water
4. For the ceramic pot users, place the pot inside a large stainless steel pot and fill water till 50% of the pot is covered. (Or up to the "max" line if you have a similar cooker as mine in the pictures below). Boil for 1.5 hours with lid on.
5. For stainless steel saucepan users, boil for 1.5 hours with lid on.
Et voila! Bon appetit!