Goji Berry and Chicken Soup for Colds and Flu

Show: Grow Your Own Drugs

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 20 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 2 hr

YIELD: 4 servings


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
4 inches ginger root, peeled and shredded, plus more for garnish
2 fresh medium chiles, finely sliced, plus more
2 large onions, sliced, for garnish
8 cloves garlic, chopped
Cooked noodles, optional


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.


The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.




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