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Zizyphus & Astragalus Immunity Chicken Broth

Herbal chicken bone broth soup with chinese herbs

Chicken bone broths are a common household go-to for comfort and nourishment during winter and when suffering the loss of appetite, feeling unwell or depleted.

This health elixir termed ‘Jewish penicillin’ or ‘soup for the soul’, has a wide variety of health benefits including:

  • rich in electrolytes and minerals
  • immune boosting
  • collagen supporting
  • improves general wellbeing

We’ve additionally packed our chicken broth with immune & mood-supporting superfoods and herbs, Jujube fruit also known as Chinese dates or Ziziphus to the herbalists, Astragalus root and Shitake mushrooms. Cooking time: 3-4 hours.


  • 1 organic chicken, whole
  • 2 chicken carcass frames
  • 2 brown onions, roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, whole
  • 2 tbsp turmeric root, roughly chopped
  • 3 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 5 celery sticks, roughly chopped
  • 5 dried shitake mushrooms, whole
  • 1 cup Chinese dates, Jujube
  • 1/2 cup Astragalus root
  • 1/2 cup barley, optional. Avoid barley if following a gluten-free diet.
  • 1tsp – 1tbsp sea salt, to taste


Simply throw all the ingredients into a large pot and completely cover all ingredients with water (minimum 3L). Bring to the boil on high heat. Once the water is boiling, turn the heat down to simmer. Simmer for 3-4 hours covered.

Allow to cool and strain all of the ingredients out. Remove the ingredients that are edible such as the chicken meat, carrots, celery, mushrooms and dates, and set them aside.

To remove fat from the broth, store it in an airtight container in the fridge once it has completely cooled. When cold, there will be a layer of fat that has set on the top of the broth which can then be simply scooped off and used for cooking/frying.

Reheat the broth and add any edible soup ingredients such as the chicken, carrots etc. Add salt to taste. Serve & enjoy.

If adding barley, rinse well under cold water first. Add the barley only once the broth has been reheated and cook for an additional 30-45 minutes until soft.

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