Champion Chicken with Goji Berries

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Cold

Champion Chicken with Goji Berries 4 servings

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as canola or olive
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 (1/2- to 1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 roasting chicken, skinned and cut up, or 3 to 4 pounds of skinless legs and/or breasts
2 medium-sized green onions, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces, roots and tough tips discarded
3-4 tablespoons rice wine or dry sherry
2 tablespoons soy sauce, or to taste
2 tablespoons (30 grams) goji berries (gou qi zi)
1 1/2 cups water or vegetable or chicken stock
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil

Heat oil in a pan, then add garlic and ginger and cook until garlic is golden (about 5 minutes.

Place chicken, garlic, ginger, green onion, wine, soy sauce, goji berries and water in a pot.

Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Sprinkle sesame oil on top as a finishing touch.

Serve in a bowl with some of the broth or on top of rice with the broth as a gravy.

Vegetable Oil-moistening
Garlic-hot, acrid; anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxify meat and seafood, kill worms, remove stagnant food and blood, reduce abscesses, warm yang, dispel cold; CONTRAINDICATED in hot or dry eye DOs, mouth sores, tongue ulcers
Ginger-pungent, warm; LU/SP/ST; disperse exterior cold, stop nausea and vomiting, detoxify other herbs, reduce inflammation
Chicken-sweet, warm; SP/ST/KD; supplement qi, nourish blood, consolidate KD, boost wei qi
Green Onion-pungent, warm; LU/LI; release exterior wind cold, invigorate blood, drain damp
Rice Wine-warm; move blood
Soy Sauce-salty, cold; SP/ST/KD; harmonizes MJ, clear heat, antidote to drug and food poisoning
Goji Berries-sweet, warm; LU/LV/KD; nourish LV and KD, improve vision, moisten LU
Chicken Stock-chicken is sweet, warm; SP/ST/KD; supplement qi, nourish blood, consolidate KD, boost wei qi
Sesame Oil-cool, sweet; LI/LV/KD; down bearing, moisten intestines, laxative, detoxifies, raise unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin and vitamin E, treats dryness in intestines, constipation, digestive obstructions, blood and qi vacuity of LV and KD, weakness in muscles, skins and bones; CONTRAINDICATED in excess conditions, weakens SP pancreas network, can cause diarrhea

Warms ST, supplement qi, nourishes blood, strengthens LV and KD and helps prevent eye problems that sometimes develop with age.

Especially good for anyone who wants to increase his or her strength, including women recovering from childbirth.