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Chicken Noodle Soup for the Common Cold

Categories: Asian, Chicken, Gluten-free, Soup, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs, Wind Invasion (External)



  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • ¼ lb chicken, shredded
  • ¼ c preserved mustard greens, soaked, rinsed, and shredded
  • 4 slices ginger, shredded
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1-2 tbs fermented black beans, soaked, rinsed, and chopped
  • 4 c chicken stock
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 oz rice vermicelli, presoaked in hot water until soft, drained
  • Fresh perilla leaves (or substitute with cilantro or basil)

1) Heat oil until smoking. Add chicken for 30 seconds. Add ginger, onions, greens, and black beans and stir fry for a few seconds.

2) Add chicken stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 min. add the soy sauce and sesame oil.

3) Divide noodles between 4 bowls, top with a handful of perilla leaves, and ladle the hot soup over the top.



Coconut oil: warm, sweet; strengthening, moistening

Chicken: warm, sweet; tonifies Qi and Blood

Preserved Mustard greens: warm, acrid, salty; relieves common cold, ventilates Lungs, reduces swollen glands

Ginger: warm, acrid; LU, SP, ST; promotes sweating, expels pathogen, opens LU

Green Onion: hot, acrid; LU, ST; promotes sweating, expels external pathogen

Fermented Black beans: warm, sweet, slightly bitter; LU, ST; releases exterior, illuminates irritability

Soy sauce: cool, sweet, salty; clears heat

Sesame oil: warm, sweet; harmonizes Blood, lubricates intestines

Perilla Leaf: warm, acrid, aromatic; LU, SP; releases exterior, opens chest, moves QI

Rice noodles: sweet; tonifies SP, ST; nourishes QI


This recipe contains ingredients that disperse external pathogens but also treat an underlying deficiency of Wei Qi. It’s useful during the cold and flu season as a prophylactic tonic and in the early stages of the common cold.

Jason Cox

Lemon Chicken Tagine

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Chicken, Liver Overacting on Spleen, Mediterranean, Qi Vacuity


Lemon Chicken Tagine

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 90 mins
Serves: 4-8

4 onions
2 lemons
½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon five spice
Few small pieces cinnamon bark
Pinch saffron
Handful fresh parsley- chopped
Handful fresh coriander- chopped
8 pieces chicken (wings or legs)
Handful green olives

Slice the onions in rings and the lemons into eighths. Lay half of them in an ovenproof dish and sit 4 of the chicken pieces on top. Sprinkle with half the herbs and spices. Repeat the process to make a two- layered dish. Cover the dish and cook in the oven for 1-½ hours at 375°. Towards the end scatter the olives on top.

Chicken warms the body and strengthens the qi and blood.
Herbs and spices add warmth and movement, as does the onion.
Lemon provides a counterbalance, regenerating fluids, harmonizing the stomach and benefits the liver while it helps the absorption of nutrients from the chicken
Olives clear heat and toxins from dysentery and promotes the productions of body fluids benefiting dehydration
Cinnamon is warming and invigorates yang

Baked Chicken Supreme

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Chicken, Qi Stagnation in Middle jiao, Qi Vacuity


Baked Chicken Supreme

Serves 4
1 chicken, skinned and cut into pieces
1 green pepper, cut into strips
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/4 cup scallions, chopped
1 cup GF chicken stock
1 teaspoon tarragon
1/2 cup butter
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tsp salt
Sprinkle chicken with garlic and paprika and brown on in 1/4 cup of butter. Remove from pan. Add rest of butter and saute mushrooms, onions and green pepper. Return chicken to pan. Add chicken stock, tarragon, tomatoes and salt. Simmer for 1 hour or until chicken is tender.
Served over rice.
Overall Action: Supports and nourishes both the Spleen and the Stomach, esp. Qi and Blood!
Several ingredients are warming and/or tonifying, esp. the chicken and the rice. The rest compliment the dish by helping with weakened digestion and move the stuck qi and phlegm that might have accumulated due to the vacuity.

chicken (Warming, Sweet, Supplements Blood and Qi)
green pepper (Cooling, Sl. Acrid, Bitter, Moves Qi and Blood)
garlic (Warming to Hot, Acrid, Moves Qi, Loosens Phlegm)
scallions (Warming, Acrid, Disperses Qi)
chicken stock (Warming, Salty, Supplements Qi and Blood)
tarragon (Warming, Bitter, Sl. Acrid, Simulates digestion)
butter (Neutral to Cool, Sweet, Fatty, Supplements Blood, Qi, and moistens)
tomatoes (Cooling to Cold, Sweet, Sour, Supports Liver and Yin)
paprika (Warming, Bitter, Sl. Sweet, Stimulates digestion)
salt (Cooling, Salty, Anti-inflammatory, softens)

rice (Neutral to Warming, Sweet, Supplements Qi, strengthens central burner)

Five-Spice Powder Chicken

Categories: Chicken, Cold in the Middle Jiao, Liver Qi Stagnation, Qi Stagnation in Middle jiao, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Cold


Five-Spice Powder Chicken

6 servings

1 large piece (0.15 ounces or 4 grams) dried tangerine peel (chen pi), or 1 tablespoon of shredded pieces (optional if unavailable)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (wu xiang fen)
1/4 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns or other kind of pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sesame seeds
1 (4- to 5-pound) roasting chicken, giblets removed

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Soak the dried tangerine peel in warm water until soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from water. If necessary, scrape off the white pith and cut into small pieces. (Some herb shops sell tangerine peel already shredded and depithed, in which case you skip this step.)

In a food processor, whir together tangerine peel, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, five-spice powder, peppercorns, vegetable oil, sesame oil and salt until it is the consistency of a paste.

Stir the sesame seeds into the paste.

Wash the chicken, pat dry and evenly coat the exterior and interior of the chicken with the tangerine peel paste.

Place the chicken on a rack in a baking pan and roast for 20 minutes.

Lower heat to 375 degrees and roast for about another 50 minutes until the leg bone rotates easily in its socket and juices run clear rather than pink when you tip them out of the cavity of the bird.

Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before carving.



Especially good for people with a tendency toward stomach distress (such as bloating, gas or poor appetite), fatigue (perhaps due to chronic stress) and aches and pains or low pain tolerance due to cold and stagnation in the middle jiao.

Tangerine Peel-acrid, bitter, warm; SP/LU; regulate qi, harmonize, dry damp, transform phlegm
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
Lemon-slightly cold, very sour; ST/LV/LU; clear heat, quench thirst, harmonize stomach and relive cough
Five Spice Powder-warming; contains each of the five flavors: sour, bitter, sweet, pungent and salty; mixture of star anise, Sichuan pepper, fennel, cloves and cinnamon (sometimes also star anise, licorice root, and/or ground ginger)
Sichuan Pepper-pungent, hot SP/ST; warm MJ, relieve pain and diarrhea from excess cold, descend ST qi, expel damp and cold, combat intestinal parasites
Vegetable Oil-moistening
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
Salt-salty, cold; KD; clear heat, cool blood, ease bowel movements, nourish KD
Sesame Seeds-slightly warm, sweet; nourish LV & KD, lubricate intestines, blacken gray hair, tonify body overall, benefit skin; grinding recommended because tough cell wall makes it undigestable whole
Chicken-sweet, warm; SP/ST/KD; supplement qi, nourish blood, consolidate KD, boost wei qi