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Silkie Chicken Soup


Silkie chicken (silky fowl)which is also known as black bone chicken(乌骨鸡 in Chinese) is a breed of chicken. Silkie chicken does not exactly mean that black feature but refer to the bone. Some silkie chicken also has white feathers.Silkie chicken is an ideal ingredient for healthy soup. According to the record, Chinese silkie chicken is originated from Jiangxi Province where this type of silkie has been raised over 2000 years.

The Benefits of silkie chicken

According to traditional Chinese pharmacology, silkie chicken is one of the main materials for treating gynecological disease.The best way of cooking silkie chicken is soup. The silkie chicken contains rich vitamin B, protein and amino acid. Usually, some traditional Chinese medical materials are added in silkie chicken soup for example red dates and wolfberries.  There is an interesting joke here. Since it is widely believed that silkie chicken soup is beneficial to female, my husband used to wonder that where he could have some too? And yes, it is also super good for man, children and old people too.

Cook’s Note about the healthy soup

  1. you can add other ingredients, corn, mushrooms to this soup.
  2. In order to minimize the water evaporation, clay pot, cast iron pot and high pressure cooker are the ideal tools.
  3. If you want to make this soup even richer, try Chinese herbal chicken soup.

5 from 1 vote

Silkie Chicken Soup
Prep Time
10 mins

Cook Time
50 mins

Total Time
1 hr


Healthy Chinese traditional Silkie chicken soup with red-dates, and dried small shitake mushrooms.



Servings: 4 Making 4~6 bowls
Calories: 131 kcal
Author: Elaine

  • 1
    silkie chicken
  • 3~4
  • 10 to 12
    red dates
  • 1
    root ginger
    , smashed
  • 1
    small cup of wolfberry
    , optional
  • salt
    , to taste
  • chopped green onion and coriander
    , as needed

  1. Wash the silkie chicken carefully to remove the impurities.

  2. Add chicken in, place ginger, red dates and wolfberries. Load with 4 L water. 

  3. Bring the content to a boiling. Remove any floats on the surface (skip this step if you are using a high pressure cooker). Slow durn the fire and simmer for 30 minutes. 

  4. Add around 1.5 to 2.5 teaspoon of salt. Serve hot with chopped green onion and coriander as aromatics. 

Recipe Notes

You can also use a high pressure cooker to make this soup.

Nutrition Facts
Silkie Chicken Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 131
Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 1010mg44%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I have served this soup with a basic egg fried rice. It is a very comforting meal.


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