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Chicken and Lotus Seed Soup

No recipe image available.An Asian chicken soup. In many Asian countries lotus root is believed to have various medicinal qualities. The root itself is rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, copper, and manganese, while very low in saturated fat.

Recipe Ingredients:

5 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon gingerroot, sliced
2 tablespoons sherry
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
12 lotus seed
1 cup chopped chicken
1/4 cup sliced mushroom
1/2 cup celery, sliced
1 tablespoon ham, chopped
2 teaspoons lotus root powder

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat chicken broth in a large kettle. Add sliced ginger root, sherry, sugar, and salt. Bring to a gentle boil, then add blanched lotus seed, chopped chicken, and sliced mushrooms.
  2. Simmer for 30 minutes then add sliced celery and chopped ham. Simmer for another 15 minutes, or until the lotus seeds are tender.
  3. Mix lotus root powder with a little hot stock, then stir into the soup.

Makes 4 servings.