Immune Boosting Asian Chicken Soup

by | Dec 5, 2012 | Dinners, Recipes | 0 comments

This is a great way to use a leftover chicken or turkey. All you have to do is throw the leftover chicken or turkey, bones and all into a pot of water. OR you can use cut up chicken pieces (with bones), or just chicken or turkey meat. I decided to use shiitake mushrooms and give it an Asian twist, and we were all pretty happy with the way it turned out. So, here is the immune boosting Asian Chicken Soup recipe.

Aside from the healing properties of chicken soup, this soup contains shiitake mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms have some powerful healing and immune strengthening properties all on their own.

The Shiitake is featured in many Asian cuisines and has long been considered a delicacy as well as a powerful medicinal mushroom. As far back as the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368–1644), it was known that shiitakes were a remedy for upper respiratory diseases, poor blood circulation, liver trouble, exhaustion and weakness, and to boost qi, or life energy. It was also believed to prevent premature aging.

Scientific studies have shown shiitake’s ability to stimulate the immune system, kill  bacteria, reduce platelet aggregation, and possess antiviral properties. One of the substances in shiitake, AHCC (active hexose correlated compound), increases the body’s resistance to pathogens such as the flu virus, West Nile encephalitis, and certain bacterial infections. Another compound is actually used as an intravenous anticancer agent in some countries.

Shiitakes are an excellent source of vitamins B2, B5 and B6, as well as manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, copper and zinc, and a good source of protein, magnesium, and vitamin D. They also provide a wide variety of unique phytonutrients.

One especially interesting area of immune system support involves the impact of shiitake mushrooms on immune cells called macrophages. Among their many important activities, macrophage cells are responsible for identifying and clearing potentially cancerous cells from the body. Shiitake mushrooms help macrophage cells do a better job killing off potential cancer cells.

While shiitakes are known for their immune strengthening properties, they are also known to modulate and prevent excessive immune activity–as in the case of those with auto-immune disease. So, shiitakes are known for overall immune benefits, even for those with overactive immune systems.

Any kind of chicken works for this soup. I used a leftover roasted chicken with some meat left on it, along with a couple of thighs. You can also use a whole cut up chicken, chicken breasts, leftover turkey, etc. Just add enough meat so it’s sufficient for the number of servings you are making.


1 chicken or turkey carcass with some meat on

2 thighs

4 cups water

Sea salt

4-6 cloves garlic chopped roughly

1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced

1 cup chopped organic kale

3 carrot slices

1 medium sized baby bok choy chopped

1/2 lb shiitake mushrooms, sliced

1 carton of organic chicken stock

1/2 cup of quinoa

chopped green onions

sprinkle of red pepper flakes

2 Tbsp of soy sauce

1-2 Tbsp of miso paste

Fish sauce to taste


In a large saucepan or dutch oven, add in chicken and about 4-6 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about a half hour to an hour, until meat is done and falling off the bones. If you added in large pieces, remove them with a strainer spoon and remove meat from bones, and return meat to stock.

Add in vegetables, and seasoning and simmer for another half hour to an hour. Serve with a tossed green salad and enjoy!! Makes 4-6 servings.

Till next time, stay healthy and lean!

About Catherine Ebeling: I am Catherine (Cat) Ebeling. I am an RN with a Masters of Science in Nursing and Public Health. I have been studying diet, fitness and health for the past 30+ years–in addition to my clinical nursing experience, which includes anti-aging, preventative, regenerative medicine and bioidentical hormone therapy. I have had a life-long fascination with diet, fitness and nutrition, and have learned how to biohack my genetic capacity. I realized that we, as humans, have the ultimate power over our bodies and our health. Wanting to learn even more about human biology, nutrition, health and disease, I went back to school to study for a BSN in nursing. I just recently completed my MSN (at age 60). I’ve written six books on diet and health that have sold thousands–and even hundreds of thousands of copies all over the world through “The Nutrition Watchdog” publishing. I am an expert on diet and health and want to share that knowledge with you. I can be reached at or 314-369-6400 or on FB Instant Messenger.


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