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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

Champion Chicken with Goji Berries

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Qi Vacuity

Champion Chicken with Goji Berries, modified 


2 tbsp. olive oil

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 piece of ginger, (.5-1 inches long)

1 roasting chicken, skinned and cut up, or 3-4 lbs of skinless legs / breasts (ok to substitute

chicken breasts)

2 medium green onions, chopped into ½ inch pieces, tips and roots discarded

3-4 tbsp. rice wine or dry sherry

2 tbsp soy sauce, or to taste

2 tbsp goji berries

1 ½ c. water or chicken stock

1 tsp. toasted sesame oil

1 medium sized piece of dried tangerine peel (chen pi)

1 tsp. star anise, ground, or one piece, crushed


1. Heat oil in a pot big enough to hold all of the ingredients, add garlic and ginger and cook

until garlic is golden

2. Add the chicken, green onions, wine, soy sauce, goji berries, tangerine peel, and star

anise to the pot.

3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 30

minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

4. Sprinkle with sesame oil as a garnish.

5. Serve in a bowl with some of the broth, or on top of quinoa with the broth as a gravy.

This dish would be delicious with lightly cooked asparagus, and a glass of red wine or

unsweetened cranberry juice and water with a twist of lemon.

Pattern: LV and KD yin xu, LV blood not nourishing eyes, LV blood xu, Qi xu

Recipe analysis: This dish benefits the eyes (goji berries), tonifies the and moves the qi (chicken

and tangerine peel), warms the KD yang (star anise, garlic), warms the ST (ginger, garlic), and

nourishes the blood and strengthens the LV and KD (goji berries), chicken, sherry or rice wine,

soy sauce, stock). With quinoa, it reinforces the KD focus of the chicken. Adding asparagus to the

meal contributes a nice cooling counterpoint to the warm, acrid nature of the wine and star anise,

while nourishing the lungs.

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen cookbook, p. 163

Chicken Soup with Mustard Greens

Categories: Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Chicken soup with mustard greens
Yields: 8 servings

1 whole chicken, roaster, cut into 2 breasts, 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs, 2 wings
1 whole bundle of mustard greens, washed and chopped,1/2 inch thick.
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 medium onions
1 tbsp olive oil
1 box of Chicken broth
Enough water to cover chicken 1 ½ inches over
Salt and pepper to season.

1. Sautee chopped onions until transluscent and slightly brown in 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and peper. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add all the chicken and water until the chicken is submerged with 1 ½ inches of water covering. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil again and then bring down to simmer. Cook for 1 hour until the chicken is tender and nearly falls of the bone.
2. Remove chicken, carefully, it’s hot, onto a cutting board and remove bones, skin and cartilage. Place the cleaned chicken back into the soup and add the chopped mustard greens. Let the soup come to a boil and then bring down to simmer for 3 minutes. Wah-lah. Finished.

TCM analysis: Overall, tonifies SP qi xu with dampness
Chicken: sweet, warm. Tonifies qi, nourishes blood, aids KD xu, benefits SP/ST.
mustard greens: warm, pungent, relieves common colds, promotes urination, dissolves mucus, strengthens & lubricates intestines, ventilates LU, increases appetite
garlic: hot, pungent. anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat/seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food & blood stasis, reduces abscess
onions: warm, pungent. promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.

Chicken Grape Salad

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation

Chicken Grape Salad

1 avocado (benefits LV, protects Yin)
¼ cup of parsley, minced.
½ teaspoon of thyme.
¼ teaspoon of garlic, minced.
Pinch of sage, salt and black pepper.
4 cups of diced, cooked chicken breasts. (Nourishes blood to prevent wind)
2 cups of seedless grapes. (sour nature restrains liver qi, nourishes blood, relieves irritability)
½ cup of pistachios, toasted. (Tonifies LV)

Mix herbs and spices with chicken, mix in mashed avocado until chicken is coated and then mix in Grapes and almonds.

Serves 4

Ginseng, Dang-gui and Chicken Soup

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Lung Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Ginseng, Dang-gui and Chicken Soup
Angelica (Dang Gui) head-40gm (sweet, bitter, acrid, warm, tonifies LV BLOOD)
Korean ginseng (Ren Shen)-16gm (sweet, bitter, warm, tonifies Qi and generates fluids)
Chicken-one whole (about 2 lb., use black-meat chicken for best effects) (warming, sweet, supplements blood and qi)
Pitted red dates (Da Zao)-10 (sweet, neutral, nourish blood, tonify qi)
Ginger-2 slices (warm/hot, acrid, sl. sweet, loosens phlegm, esp. from cold, good for digestion)
1. Wash chicken, cut into halves, remove skin and fat and put in boiling water to rinse for a couple of minutes, retrieve and drain.
2. Rinse herbs and dates.
3. Put all ingredients in a casserole with enough hot water to cover the chicken and put on the cover.
4. Place the casserole on a stainless steel cooling stand inside a pot or a wok with enough hot water at the bottom to reach up to the lower third of the casserole. Cover the pot or wok with lid.
5. Place the pot or wok on medium-high heat and cook for 4 hours. Add boiling water to the cooking whenever necessary to maintain the cooking and prevent burning.
6. Remove and add salt to serve. Drink soup mainly.
7. ALTERNATIVE METHOD: Bring the soup to a boil in a pot for about 10 minutes and transfer the cooking to a slow cooker and cook for 6 to 8 hours with high heat.
Most nutritious tonic to promote blood and qi, improve bodily functions and energy. Especially good for extreme weakness after long period of sickness; all symptoms of blood and qi deficiency.

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.

Huang Qi Broth To Regain Appetite

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Huang Qi Broth To Regain Appetite

Erika Anderson

Ingredients Channels Taste, Temp. Functions
30 grams Huang Qi Wrapped in Cheese Cloth SP, LU Sweet, Warm Tonifies Qi & Blood, Increases Appetite
3 pounds of Chicken Pieces SP, ST, K Sweet, Warm Tonifies Qi & Blood, Nourishes Kidneys Jing
10 Cups Cold Water (or enough water to cover the chicken)
7 Slices of Ginger LU, SP, ST Pungent Warm Stops Nausea, Disperses Cold
8 Green Onions, cut into 1 inch Pieces LU, ST, LI Pungent, Warm Warms The Lung and Stomach
2 Celery Stalks, cut into 2 inch Pieces LV, ST Sweet, Bitter, Cold Clears Heat, Resolves Toxins, Subdues Liver Yang, Drains Damp, Calms Shen
¼ Cup of Rice Wine ST, LV, H Pungent, Sweet, Warm Invigorates Blood, Expels Cold
2 Black Peppercorn ST, LI Pungent Warm Warms the Middles Jiao, Descend ST Qi, Expels Damp and Cold

Directions Of How to Make Broth
1) Rinse the chicken pieces under cold water.
2) Place in a large pot and add the 10 Cups ( Or Enough to Cover).
3) Add the Ginger, Green onions, Celery, Rice Wine, and bring to a boil over medium heat, occasionally skimming off the foam that rises to the top.
4) Add the Salt and Pepper.
5) Cover, Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.
6) Strain the broth.

Broth Treats
ï‚Ÿ Overall Chicken Broth is Warm and Sl. Pungent and goes to the SP, ST, LU, K.
ï‚Ÿ It Warms the Middle Jiao, Stopping Nausea , Tonifies Qi and Blood
ï‚Ÿ Simmering the chicken for this long releases all of the Chickens Jing, therefore it Nourishes Kidney Jing
ï‚Ÿ The Huang Qi and Ginger, add that extra kick needed to Stimulate the Appetite.

Use Your Qi to Choose What to Cook In Your Broth

ï‚Ÿ Everyday choose a couple of vegetables, there are some suggested vegetables listed below, but it is important that you choose vegetables that you like to eat.
ï‚Ÿ If you want add some meat and cook with the vegetables (Such as Pork Meat Balls, Or thinly slices Boneless chicken breast), Or you may use the chicken that was cooked when you made the broth.
ï‚Ÿ If you want put a little bit of Cheese in at the end. As long as its not too much.
ï‚Ÿ You can add extra flavors such as Lemon, Lime, Lemon Grass, Cilantro, Basil, a bit a hot sauce, soy sauce.
ï‚Ÿ If you want add cooked Pearl Barley, White Rice, or a small amount of Noodles.

Suggestions of Vegetables to cook in Broth for Qi and Blood Xu with Lack of Appetite
Channels Flavors & Temp.
Wood Ear SP, K, Sweet, Neutral Supplements Qi and Blood
Spinach ST, LI, Sweet, Cold Clears Heat, Nourishes Blood
Broccoli SP, LV Sweet, Sl.Bitter, Acrid, Cool Nourishes Liver Blood, Strengthen SP
Cabbage ST, K Sweet, Neutral Harmonizes Stomach, Nourishes Jing
Carrot SP, LV, Sweet, Neutral Strengthen SP, and Heart,
Nourishes & Soothes the Liver
Soy Sauce Salty Cold Harmonizes Middle Jiao
Cilantro Pungent Warm Harmonizes Middle Jiao
Pearl Barley
(If you want try some noodles)
Bland Cool Strengthen SP,Drain Damp

White Chicken with Hawthorn Fruit and and Wolfberries

Categories: Heart Blood Stagnation, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

White Chicken with Hawthorn Fruit and and Wolfberries

Combine 30g Hawthorn fruit, 10g of gou qi zi and 150g white chicken meat together. Add a handful of Black Wood Ear mushrooms. Cover with either broth or water and cook until the chicken is done. Add pepper to taste. Serve over quinoa or brown rice or cous cous.

Chicken – sweet, warm. Affects spleen stomach, kidney. Supplements qi, nourishes blood, consolidates kidney, boosts wei qi.
Black wood Ear -sweet, neutral. affects spleen and kidney. Supplements qi and xue, consolidates kidney, softens hardened arteries, prevents cancer.
gou qi zi – sweet, nuetral. Affcts Lung, Liver, Kidney. Nourishes Liver and kidney, improves vision, moistens lungs.
shan zha – sour, sweet, slightly warm. affects Spleen, stomach, liver. aids digestion. invigorates xue.
Pepper – pungent, warm. Affects stomach, LI. Warms MJ, decends stomach qi, invigorates xue.

Indications: chest pain or other severe localized pain, dark or dusky tongue, choppy pulse.

Although these ingredients don’t enter the Heart itself, they work together to treat arteriosclerosis which can be a result of Heart Xue stasis.

Scallion and Basil Chicken Noodle Soup

Categories: Soup, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs


Scallion and Basil Chicken Noodle Soup

one carton organic chicken broth
one large organic boneless skinless chicken breast
one bunch scallions, whites minced fine, greens sliced and reserved for topping
one large handful fresh basil, minced
3 inch piece fresh ginger, sliced thin
1/2 package brown rice noodles

boil the chicken breast with the broth and white parts of the scallion and the ginger until it shreds easily, about 30 minutes; add the noodles and basil and cook approximately 6 minutes longer. serve topped with the green parts of the scallion. salt to taste.

serves 2-3.

chicken is warm and sweet, tonifies qi, strengthens KD/SP. basil, scallions and ginger are warm and pungent, release the exterior, and transform phlegm from cold. brown rice is sweet, sour, and warm and strengthens the SP and drains dampness.

feel good soup for a rainy day. add a cinnamon stick in with the broth at the beginning for extra achy body.

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