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Celebrate Chinese New Year with our Chinese chicken & vegetable soup

This quick and easy recipe is one of many delicious recipes that can be found in the Life is Better with Fruit & Vegetables online cookbook, helping you to incorporate more nutritious fruit and vegetables into your daily routine.

Chinese chicken & vegetable soup

Serves: 4
Course: Main
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Prep Time: 10 mins
  • 2 litres chicken stock
  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2cm piece of ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 500g chicken oyster thighs, cut in half, fat removed
  • 200g Rooster potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 leek, washed, trimmed and finely sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into ribbons
  • 2tbsp soy sauce
  • 2tsp cornflour, dissolved in 1 tbsp cold water


1. Pour chicken stock into a large saucepan, add onion, celery, ginger and garlic, and bring to a boil.

2. Add chicken thighs, cover the pan with a lid, reduce to the lowest setting and simmer for 10 minutes to gently poach.

3. Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken to a plate; then use two forks to shred finely.

4. Meanwhile, add potatoes, leeks and carrots to the soup; cook for 5-7 minutes and then stir in soy sauce and cornflour mixture and continue to cook for a further 3-5 minutes.

5. Remove from the heat and stir in shredded chicken and scallions.

6. Ladle into warm bowls and serve.

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