Goji Berry and Chicken Soup for Colds and Flu

Recipe courtesy James Wong
Show: Grow Your Own Drugs Episode: Fruit
TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 20 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 2 hr
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons dried echinacea root
  • 3/4 cup water, freshly boiled
  • 5 tablespoons goji berries, fresh or dried
  • 8 1/2 cups chicken stock, homemade or from stock cubes
  • 3 chicken thighs or drumsticks, preferably organic
  • 12 shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
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Directions

Combine the water with the dried echinacea in a bowl to make a simple infusion. Pour just enough cold water over the goji berries in another bowl to cover, and leave to rehydrate. Set the echinacea and goji berries aside and leave to stand.

Place the stock and chicken pieces in a large pan or slow cooker. Add the mushrooms, ginger, chiles and onions and place around the chicken in the pan. Gently simmer on very low heat until the chicken is tender and falls apart, 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours. Remove from the heat. Stir in the goji berries and garlic 5 minutes before serving. Strain the echinacea infusion and add to the soup, reheating if necessary. Serve by ladling into bowls and garnishing with sliced ginger and chiles for an extra kick.

Notes

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