Herbal Chicken

Herbal Chicken

I have always loved a warm and nourishing bowl of hot soup, what more when it is my favourite Herbal Chicken soup! J and I used to buy this either at food courts or food stalls that offer herbal chicken. I was delighted when I first tried Mum’s version, because it tasted so delicious, I would reckon it better (and definitely much cheaper) than the commercialised versions. Here is the recipe:


4 chicken legs with skin
Dark soya sauce
12 red dates
5 pieces angelica sinensis (当归)
6 strips astragalus membrance (北芪)
Light soya sauce
Handful of Chinese wolfberries (枸杞子)


  1. Coat all chicken legs with dark soya sauce in an oven-safe dish.
  2. Broil in oven at “High” temperature till chicken browns on surface, then remove from oven.
  3. Flip the chicken legs and place them back into the oven to brown the other side. Start with “Low” for 8 minutes to cook chicken through, then switch to “High” till surface browns.
  4. Rinse the red dates, angelica sinensis (当归) and astragalus membrane (北芪) to remove dust or impurities.
  5. Place them into a slow cooker, followed by the broiled chicken legs.
  6. Add water and light soya sauce. Let slow cooker continue to cook all ingredients at “High” till soup boils, then turn to “Low” to simmer longer.
  7. Add the Chinese wolfberries (枸杞子) at the last 1 hour.

Hope you will enjoy this nutritious and healthy herbal chicken soup as much as I do!

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