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Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup

Whenever Yaseen caught a fever, it’s extremely difficult to make him take medicine. Do you have the same problem with your kid? I don’t know what to do. Whatever we did, playing good cop, bad cop, we couldn’t seem to force the medicine down his throat.

So to make him feel better and taking medicine is not an option, we have to pay full attention to him. Yaseen may not like modern medicine, but I have the recipe that work well with him. Chinese herbal chicken soup is very easy to make. It’s healthy, nourishing, and helps strengthening your immune systems. The best thing about this soup is it’s so delicious and comforting. It’s like eating medicine without knowing it.

When you visit China town or Chinese traditional medicine stores, you should ask them to pick up some medicinal ingredients for your soup. It’s amazing how the dried ingredients that allow such flavour and aroma in the dish can help healing your internal injury, improving your eye sight or even wipe out the flu. For a simple flu, I let my chicken soup simmering with a handful of Chinese herbs for 2 hours. The soup came out fresh and delightful while the chicken easily fell off the bones.

Chinese herbs can be spot in Chinese traditional medicine store and grocery store. It can also be found in packages in supermarkets. But I really insist you visit your local Chinese medicine store and consult them about your health conditions before using.

Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup


1 whole organic chicken (about 1.2 kg)

1/4 cup Chinese wolfberries (Gou Ji Zi)

4-5 pieces Chinese Yam (Huai Shan)

40 pieces Solomon’s Seal (Yu Zhu)

2 pieces Astragulus Membrane (Huang Qi)

4 Paeonia lactiflora root (Bai Shao)

8 dried Shitake mushroom

10 cups water

Salt to taste


  1. Bring the water to boil in the stockpot.
  2. Slowly immerge the chicken into the pot, add all ingredients except salt.
  3. Simmer for 2 hours. Season with salt, remove from the heat and serve hot.

Yaseen loves this warm herbal soup. The chicken is super tender and the broth is light and fresh. After the stomach full of warm soup, he went for a long nap, and surely he’d be better soon. I usually cook this soup in a really large batch (with 2-3 chicken) and freeze it for the entire week. We love heating this for breakfast, it’s very energizing meal.

Take care,

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