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Chicken recipes have always been favourites in Chinese medicine - and not just chicken soup but dishes from turkey and game too.
However, first choose your chicken! For the benefits that the ancient Chinese believed in, you need, ideally,
For some of the dishes I'll put up, you can use chicken stock - the recipe is included in case you prefer to make it yourself - which you can also buy.
This is really a consommé which adds flavour and all sorts of other benefits to your dish.
You could also use turkey. It has its own flavour but if it was raised the same way it should have the same benefits.
Chicken is reckoned in Chinese medicine to have mainly Yang qualities but that doesn't mean it won't benefit people who are Yin deficient.
A good chicken stock, made from the carcass, has many Yin characteristics. As a consommé it is easy to drink and digest.
With the addition of a few fresh lightly-cooked vegetables or good quality cooked rice can form the basis for a nourishing meal for a convalescent. To cheer you up, add a little white wine or rice wine!
By the way ... the female chicken and the cock have similar qualities for making chicken recipes, but the cock is more Yang.
A good stock is made of water in which bones have been boiled to extract their nutrients. These 'bone' nutrients are thought to contain strong 'Yin' qualities.
To make this you need a large saucepan or 'kettle' with a flat base and a tight lid. Later you will need a jar with a lid to keep the stock in.
Ingredients for chicken stock
This stock can be used as a base for all sorts of chicken recipes, including soups, stews, consommés and sauces.
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Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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