Nutritious Shallot Chicken Soup For Good Health



Good evening, dear friends πŸ˜€

Here is another very nutritious soup recommended by my healer lady, and it very good for removing wind from our body and energising our body as it uses a lot of shallots.

Sometimes, our stomach is not working effectively in digesting food, or we eat too much food that causes bloatedness like beans, cabbage and as a result there is bloatedness or “wind” buildup in the stomach, all the way down our digestive tract. Or when we are stressed, our digestion may get affected and lead to this problem.

Symptoms of this wind in our body are funny sounds (not rumblings due to hunger :roll:) coming from our digestive system, mild cramping in stomach, or when you knock lightly on your abdomen, there is a hollow sound like playing a drum. In children, the sign of them having a lot of wind in their body is when the whites of their eyes are bluish in colour. So, we need to get rid of this wind in our body and this very nutritious soup is excellent for doing this, as the ginger and lemon grass are also good for this purpose.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), if left untreated, the “wind” can even spread to other parts of our body and cause other illnesses, like joint pains, headaches/migraines that won’t go away despite taking the right medication, lethargy. Once this “wind” problem is removed, then a person would feel more energised and alert.

Shallots ranks the highest among the onion family and has the most antioxidant activity among the 11 types of onions tested. They have the greatest effect against liver cancer cell growth. Shallots can also can aid in our digestion, regulation of menses, relieving of symptoms associated with colds.

I would make this soup for my family once in a while to maintain our good health, and the soup is so sweet and tasty although I never put in any salt at all. My late mother used to consume this soup to help her with her gastro-enteritis (gastric) problems which also brought on a build-up of wind and stomach pains.

Nutritious Shallot Chicken Soup (serves 6 persons)

Ingredients –

* 1 kg of shallots, leave whole with skins removed (if you like to eat the cooked shallots) or leaving the skins on and washed (then you only drink the liquid in the soup). I cheat a bit here in that I would buy ready peeled shallots from my grocer! πŸ˜†

* 3 stalks of lemon grass, use the bottom 6 inches, and pounded lightly to release the oils

* 2-inch ginger, pounded lightly

* 1 whole old chicken (about 1.5 kg), or free range chicken, skin removed, cut into 8 pieces. Old chicken is the best as it is believed to have more medicinal properties for this soup.

* 5 litres water

Method –

* Bring everything to boil in a stock pot or slow cooker.

* Remove the scum that floats on top of the soup.

* Lower heat to small, and simmer for 4 hours minimum (if using slow cooker, then 6 – 8 hours).

* Scoop out the layer of oil that has formed at the surface of the soup. Season with salt and pepper.

I like to have a large bowl of this soup with lots of soft, yummy shallots. This soup would be perfect just for that cold, rainy or cold, wintry day! πŸ˜€

Note – the more shallots we put into the soup, the better the potency of this soup. Sometimes, I even use up to 1 1/2 kgs of shallots. You can also add in a tbsp of whole white peppercorns or increase the size of the ginger to make this soup more spicy, thus warming up our stomach! πŸ˜‰


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  1. 1

    Felicia said,

    Dear Choesf,

    The soup is superf and the potency of it is effective! I tried it out but did not use an old chicken as it is too big and oily. So I kind of change the recipe slightly. It turns out wonderful and not a drop of it was left over for dinner.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe and look forward to more recipes from you.

    Warmest rgds


  2. 2

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Dear Felicia, πŸ˜€

    I am very happy that you had cooked this soup for your family and best is that it “worked” very well! πŸ˜† You are right, the old chicken is more oily and after this soup is done, we have to scoop the oil off the top of the soup before serving. Well, it is just that they say that old chickens can remove wind as well that we combine it with the shallots, ginger and lemon grass in this nutritious soup. πŸ˜‰

    Good night!

    Much peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  3. 3

    Felicia said,

    Hi Choesf,

    Yes, the soup is quite oily. But thank goodness, I have bought a oil strainer scoop from one of the supermarket and it works wonderfully. Most of the oil from the surface of the soup are scooped out. It is a wonderful invention!



  4. 4

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Yes, that new invention – oil strainer/scoop – is my favourite kitchen gadget, Felicia. I use it to remove the oil from gravy, soups, even the scum that comes up when the soup starts to boil! Marvellous gadget indeed! πŸ˜†

    Cheers! πŸ˜€


  5. 5

    Stuartina said,

    I would like to try this soup. However the image above misleads me. There are no red chilis like the above mentioned in the recipe….is that optional?


  6. 6

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear Sturatine πŸ˜€

    I’m sorry for misleading you – I had placed the chili in the image to brighten up the picture…there is no chili in the recipe. πŸ˜‰

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  7. 7

    minmei18 said,

    hi, i shall try out your recipe in due time for my hubby and two little boys. Izzit suitable for children? Well, thanks for the wonderful recipes.


    • 8

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome dear minmei18 πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your lovely comments. Yes, this soup is very safe for children, and especially good for elderly people as it removes wind and flatulence. πŸ˜‰

      Happy Cooking!

      With peace and joy,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  8. 9

    lee said,

    wuld like to know whether honey dates or dates can be added….


    • 10

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Lee πŸ˜€

      So far, I have not added honey nor red dates in this soup….but you can try this for yourself. The onion taste is very strong and sweet and I am not sure if the dates will go well with that. πŸ˜‰

      Do have a lovely day!

      Happy Cooking from,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  9. 11

    nic said,

    Hi Choesf,
    I need your help. Kids are sick – bad cold, cough and runny nose. Do you have a recipe for chicken soup?
    Thanks in advance.


    • 12

      Hi there, dear Nic πŸ˜€

      I’m sorry to hear that your kids are sick 😦 – I’m afraid I don’t have a chicken soup recipe for coughs and colds. 😳

      Maybe you get double boil some yellow pears (Chinese yellow pears) with some rock sugar and water. Allow 1 pear and 1 cup of water per person, double boil that for 1 hour, add in enough rock sugar to taste and continue double-boiling for another 15 mins. Rock sugar is put last because if it is cooked any longer, it will turn heaty. πŸ˜‰

      Hope your children get well soon!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  10. 13

    Joesph Collar said,

    Traditionally, American chicken soup was prepared using old hens too tough and stringy to be roasted or cooked for a short time. In modern times, these fowl are difficult to come by, and broiler chickens (young chickens suitable for broiling or roasting) are often used to make soup; soup hens or fowl are to be preferred when available.-


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