I love a hot bowl of flavorful, nourishing soup that feeds my immune system! Check out this simple chicken soup recipe for Shiitake oyster mushroom soup. It contains loads of polysaccharides for your immune system because they aren’t easily destroyed by heat.
Plus, you could very well get it ready in half an hour. I have limited time for cooking and don’t like my nutrients destroyed like how Chinese soups usually go through hours of boiling. Nowadays, I go for cooking in as little time as possible to preserve the nutrients within.
- Shiitake mushrooms
- Oyster mushrooms
- Wood ear mushrooms and/or other fresh mushrooms as desired
- Sesame oil
- Soy sauce
- Chicken drumsticks
1. Rinse and cut the mushrooms to bite size pieces.
2. In a bowl, scald the chicken drumsticks in boiling water. Remove water and season with sesame oil and soy sauce.
3. In the soup pot, fry the mushrooms with soy sauce and sesame oil.
4. When they are cooked, add in the chicken and pour in enough water to cover everything.
5. Bring to a boil and simmer until chicken drumsticks are cooked, soft, or until soup is reduced to desired richness. Serve.
- If it’s cold outside, fry some ginger sliced or in thin strips with the mushrooms. Alternatively, some ground black pepper in the serving bowl will do too.
- For easier eating, cut the meat away from the bone after cooking, then pour the soup over the meat when serving.
- For more chicken flavor, add more chicken bones or drumsticks. I used this recipe for my lunch plus dinner and didn’t want the chicken to get too tender so I only used the 2 you see in the photos for lunch.
- Garnish with spring onion, coriander, chili flakes, or other toppings if you like.
- Serve with miso for even more flavor. I love this and find it useful for people who don’t like mushrooms.
Commonly used in Chinese cuisine, shiitake is eaten on an almost daily basis because it’s very flavorful, especially dried.
If you are wondering if this is too much, a 2015 report in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has answered the question for you.
Scientists gave 52 healthy adults 5 or 10 grams of dried shiitake daily for 4 weeks. Their blood samples showed that two types of T cells (a group of immune cells) had increased after the 4 weeks.
What’s more, they experienced lowered inflammation at the same time!
This is another popular choice. I like it steamed with soy sauce, sesame oil, and tomatoes.
So what’s the immunity boosting property of oyster mushroom? In short, it stimulates disease fighting processes in the immune system.
In their study published in 2015 in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, a group of Japanese scientists gave 41 volunteers either oyster mushroom extract or a placebo daily for 8 weeks.
The volunteers experienced increased levels of immune substances that can activate macrophages–immune cells that swallow enemies.
So if you feel like you need an immunity boost, you could eat more oyster mushrooms.