My first serious boyfriend, Brandon, was Malaysian Chinese. We used to hang out a lot at his house, partly because his mom loved me and I loved her back for the fabulous cook that she was. One of her must-haves were daily soups, mostly clear, to be sipped at dinner. Some I remember to be delightful, sweet and earthy, others were bitter and made me gag (I think it was the licorice which I dislike till today). Little did I know back then that the wide spectrum of herbs and spices she used were not so much for the taste as they were for their medicinal value. Needless to say, his family was rarely sick and enjoyed a vibrant, active lifestyle.
Next time you are making chicken stock, think of adding some herbs and spices for an extra layer of healing. In today’s recipe, we focus on boosting your immune system.
For this reason, this broth features shiitake mushrooms, onion, garlic, ginger and astragalus – all well documented immune boosters.
Kelp is a great source of iodine and trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium and B vitamins. But, avoid it if you have Hashimoto’s and elevated TPO antibodies.
I also added burdock root (which is optional) as a natural liver cleaner and bile mover with precious anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Burdock is also high in inulin, a fabulous prebiotic (food for probiotics). Avoid it if you have SIBO – inulin is very high on the FODMAP scale.
BONUS! – To make it super easy, combine all the ingredients in an Instant Pot and save yourself hours of precious time.
FYI, I do own two Instant Pots:
3-quart – for quick rice, oatmeal, and buckwheat
6-quart – for bone broths, soups, stews
- 1 whole roasted chicken carcass (meat removed and used for another use)
- 2 cups chopped shiitake mushrooms
- 1 unpeeled yellow onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 large unpeeled carrot, coarsely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 ½ inch fresh ginger root, not peeled but sliced
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 8-inch strip of kelp (aka kombu)
- 2 3-inch dried astragalus pieces (try this one), or 2 tablespoons coarsely ground
- 1 tablespoon dried burdock root
- 12 cups filtered water
- Place everything in an Instant Pot.
- Set the Instant Pot to the “Soup” setting, or pressure cook for 30 minutes on high. Make sure the valve is set to sealed.
- After the soup is cooked, you can either let the pressure escape naturally or use the quick release.
- Once the pot is cool enough to handle, use a sieve to strain the stock from the leftover veggies and chicken carcass. Discard the carcass and the remaining soils.
- Let the stock cool to room temperature before storing it in the fridge.
- Storage instructions: Once cooled, the stock will keep in the refrigerator for around 5 days.