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Chicken Soup with Garlic Recipe

Chicken Soup with Garlic Recipe

Chicken Soup with Garlic Recipe

This is a soup you will not be able to find in any Chinese restaurants today, but it’s still very much a dish of the traditional-minded northern Chinese families, especially in winter. It’s a remedy for colds and acts as a heating tonic to warm up the insides of the body. Highly aromatic and therapeutically potent, this soup is also nutritious, delicious and easy to make. Be sure to use sea salt rather than ordinary salt for this soup, in order to obtain the therapeutic and nutritional benefits.

Ingredients :

    • 1 medium whole chicken, preferably free-range, innards removed
    • 10 cloves garlic, skinned but not cut
    • 61/4 cups (1.5 liters) water
    • 31/4 cups (750 ml) rice wine
    • 1 tablespoon sea salt

Method :

    1. Wash the chicken well, drain and pat-dry with paper towels. Place the garlic into the abdominal cavity of the chicken and close the opening with a few toothpicks or sew it closed with a piece of string.
    2. Place the chicken in a large soup pot, add the water, wine and salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer covered over low heat for 11/4 hours.
    3. Transfer the whole chicken and all the broth to a large soup tureen and serve immediately. Diners may serve themselves the broth in individual bowls and pick the tender chicken meat loose with their chopsticks at the table or this may be done for them by the host.

Serves 4–6
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 1 hr 15 mins