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, it can form the basis of 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 regarded as being more Yang.
A good chicken recipe for 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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