2000 year old Medicinal Chicken Soup

2000 year old Medicinal Chicken Soup

Try this delicious Chinese medicinal chicken soup with mushroom blend including shiitake, ginger and whole goji berries - a 2000 year old recipe!



1 whole chicken, cut up into pieces (or leave whole)

5-6 Tbsp Goji Berries

2 litres chicken stock

2 litres water

2 large onions, sliced

12-16 shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced (if using dried shiitake mushrooms, rinse first then soak in warm water for 20 mins before adding)

10cm root ginger, peeled and grated

2-3 fresh chilis, finely sliced

8-10 cloves garlic, finely chopped  

noodles, of your choice (optional)

pepper & salt, to taste


Put the goji berries in a bowl with just enough cold water to cover, and leave to rehydrate.

Place the chicken, stock and water in a large pot. Add the onions, mushrooms, ginger and chili.

Start the cooking on medium heat for 10 mins, then lower to a gentle simmer for 1.5-2 hours – or until the chicken is tender and falling apart.

If using noodles, add them near the end allowing enough time for them to cook through. Remove pot from the heat.

5 mins before serving, stir through the goji berries and garlic.