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bowl of healing chicken and shitake soup

Kristine’s Healing Soup

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  • Author: Andrea Sprague
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


The healing properties of chicken broth, paired with lemongrass and shiitake mushrooms, make for a healing, comforting soup. Perfect for recovery.


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil + a little extra
  • 68 medium shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ medium onion, chopped, about 1 cup
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced, about 1 cup
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, trimmed and peeled down to about a 4-inch piece
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 6 cups chicken bone broth
  • 1/2 small head green cabbage, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup cooked chicken (about 1 large chicken breast), shredded
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Heat a pot over medium-high heat. Pour in 2 Tbsp. oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the mushrooms, stirring frequently, and sauté until they look cooked (no longer white and dry), about 2 minutes.
  2. Pour a little more oil into the pan and add the onion and carrots. Sauté until the onion is translucent, stirring frequently, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Slightly smash the lemongrass with the handle of your knife to help release the oils. Add the lemongrass and garlic, and sauté for about 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in the broth and cabbage, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Check that the cabbage and carrots are tender.
  5. Add the shredded chicken and remove lemongrass. Ladle into bowls and serve.