Not all chickens are created equal. One group, in particular, offers more than the others. If you haven’t heard about the black chicken, no, it’s not the burnt chicken that you accidentally left for too long in the oven. Black chicken is a black-pigmented chicken breed with distinguishable black or white feathers. You may recognise this breed by their fur-like feathers.
As a meal, many people regard black chicken as a heaty food. This makes it great for new mothers who seek warmth not only in clothes or under a blanket, but also from their daily meals. How does black chicken taste? Despite the look, it tastes just like a regular chicken. There really isn’t much difference and if you eat without looking, you may not be able to tell it’s black chicken. Since taste is out of the question, you may still be wondering what makes it different than the other chickens. It can’t just be the look, right?
Black chickens are rich in the Carnosine antioxidant which keeps you healthy by preventing common sickness. This antioxidant is also good for muscles and nervous system. On top of all that, black chickens still contain all nutrients present in regular chickens. Its reputation is strengthened as mothers began incorporating black chicken soup into their confinement diet. Such source of protein is generally taken to hasten the postnatal recovery. This chicken continues being prized reputedly since the seventh century until today. Judging from the high nutritional value and medicinal benefits, we believe it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone!
Cooking up confinement food is often associated with a long list of herbs for ingredients and a long preparation time. If those are exactly what you do not want to deal with to prepare black chicken soup, this recipe is for you. We dug for the easiest recipe (with only FIVE ingredients) of the nourishing black chicken soup that would take less than half an hour to make, and here it is!
- Whole black chicken
- Several garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 inch of ginger, sliced
- Dry shiitake mushrooms(amount up to your liking), reconstituted in warm water
- Aged salted turnips, sliced
- Blanch the chicken for a minute or two to get rid of any impurities
- Set the chicken aside
- Add a bit of oil into a dry pot
- Sauté all ingredients except the chicken for one to two minutes
- Add the black chicken and a generous amount of water into the pot
- Bring to a boil and cover with the lid
- Let the soup simmer until the chicken is done
Credit: Angel Wong’s Kitchen
As a healing new mother, there are ways you can benefit more through this dish by modifying the black chicken soup recipe for confinement period. For one, you can include various other herbs. However, finding the right herbs for new mothers can be tough as you do not only have to consider the health benefits, but also make sure the taste will match.
Not very keen on going to such great lengths? We’ve got it covered for you! Our Polygonum Multiflorum Black Chicken Soup is packed with herbs that nourish blood and promote healthy ageing. This soup is included in our confinement food which will be sent hot and fresh to your doorstep. Check out our menu or talk to us at Tian Wei Signature to know more!