Remember how back in the day, the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books were super trendy? I remember I had one for the dog lovers and teenage soul. I’m sure we had more than just that; they are probably sitting somewhere alongside old Walkmans, dated college textbooks, and other ancient paraphernalia in my parents house.
Anyway, here is a tangible chicken soup for YOUR soul. Beware, it’s super easy and super tasty, but it takes a long time to make it.
Tisha’s Chicken Soup for the Soul (or just a cold day)
Cook time: 3 hours
Prep time: 15 minutes
Type: Main Course
- 10 cups of water
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 large shallot
- 1/2″ of ginger
- Cheese cloth (optional)
- 4 TBSP of Totole chicken boullion granules
- 2 TBSP of shaoxing (Chinese rice wine)
- 1 TBSP of light soy sauce
- 2 TBSP of fish sauce
- 2 tsp of sesame seed oil
Meat & Veg:
- 2 large carrots, sliced into medallions
- 1 whole Chinese leaf, chopped
- 7 dried shiitake mushroom
- 600g of chicken thighs (bone-in or fillets)
- 12 fish balls
- Bring water to a boil.
- Take garlic, ginger, and shallot. Wrap inside cheese cloth to make a pouch.
- Once water is boiled, place parcel inside. Add all seasonings to the water.
- Add dried shiitake mushrooms and let it boil on a medium heat for about 10 minutes. Once the dried shiitake mushrooms have softened, turn the stove to a very low heat.
- Add carrots, chicken, and fishballs. Continue to simmer for 2-3 hours.
- 10 minutes before serving, chop and add the Chinese leaf.
- Serve with Jasmine rice. Add some sriracha or Kimchi as a side dish!
Important notes: Once you add the chicken, it is imperative to keep the broth hot, but avoid even a boil of a bubble. Do not even allow the meat to simmer. Just keep it on a constant low heat so that it stays hot. This will make sure the meat is soft and succulent. If you just straight up boil the meat, it will not taste good.
You can modify this recipe to add fishcake, veggies, tofu, and even salmon. You can also use a slow cooker to do all the work! (works brilliantly either way)
An easy-peasy, healthy, one pot recipe. Happy eats, everyone!