Wednesday 10 October 2012

Huiji Double-boiled Chicken Essence

Year end school exam is around the corner and I believe most of the parents as just as stress as their kids who are going to take the exam. And often during this period, bottled chicken essence is always something mum would give to the kids to keep them alert as well as nourishing their fatigue body.  Although bottled chicken essence might be convenience, but as a mum we always wanted something better for our kid(s) so I am sure we won't mind taking the time to prepare our own Chicken Essence which is full of goodness.

If Chinese herbs is not accessible in your areas or you don't really know the quantity to add, perhaps you could add a cup (20ml, huiji measuring cup) of Huiji Waist Tonic like what I did. Huiji Waist Tonic is good in a way because it is alcohol free plus it consists of a few types of marvelous Chinese Herbs such as Cordyceps (冬蟲草) which helps to tonify the lungs and kidneys, arrest bleeding and dissolve phlegm. Du Zhong (杜仲) helps to tonify the liver and kidney that suits everyone in the family.


Chicken Essence is the Chicken Juice gathered from double-boiled the prepared chicken after 3 - 4 hours of cooking time. It has a lot of nutritional values which helps to restore physical strength, replenish body fluid lost through  childbirth, illness or stress. On top of it by adding extra Huiji Waist Tonic to the chicken essence it also helps to benefit those individual which has fatigue body, lack of sleep or weakness caused by illnesses.

(Serves: 1 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 3 - 4 hours)

3 Chicken Breast / 1 Kampong Chicken
1 Cup (20ml, using huiji measuring cup) Huiji Waist Tonic
8 Pieces Wolfberries, optional

1. Trim and remove the skin and fats on the chicken parts used. Next pound the chicken meat using a mallet (shown above) or back of a chopper till soft and tender.

2. If you don't have a stewing pot for double-boiled, you could use a small porcelain rice bowl, over turn it and place in a double-boiler pot (shown above).

3. Scatter the wolfberries around the bowl, if using. Place the prepared chicken meat on and around the bowl (refer to the photo above).

4. Cover the double-boiler. Place it into the slow-cooker. Add water to almost 3/4 full in the slow-cooker and cook on AUTO mode for about 3 - 3.5 hours.

5. When done, pour soup on serving bowl. Stir in 1 cup (20ml) of Huiji Waist Tonic and serve chicken essence hot.

For some of you, the process might look slightly tedious especially on pounding/smashing up of the chicken. But trust me, it is actually quiet easy using a mallet or back of the chopper. After which you just need to arrange the prepared chicken in a double-boiler and cook it in a slow-cooker for a few hours before you or your loved ones could enjoy this wholesome goodness.

If you like to try other recipe using Huiji Waist tonic you could check out my Steamed Drunken Prawn recipe HERE.


  1. This is interesting, I never knew how to double boil chicken to get the essence.

    1. This is a very nourishing soup which is good for the kids too (you can choose the ops out the herbs with just pure chicken essence and wolfberries)

  2. I have never heard of bottled chicken essence before! I must ask my husband... :) Does that really help? I feel like I need one! Good luck with your son's exam. I didn't know it's year end exam season over there.

    1. Emmm I guess bottled chicken essence is more towards Asian culture. Most asian stores have this just like western tonic drinks :) You can make some over at your side during winter to warm the body.

  3. Very interesting recipe. It's new for me.

  4. Nice. This is my kind of soup. I love the deep dark color of the huiji. I make double boil chicken soup with Cordyceps all the time but haven't try it with huiji. I think your method is much faster with the help of huiji. I usually have to cook my soup for 6 hours. :P Thanks for introducing me with this new method.

    1. No worries Amy, If you can't find Huiji over at your end. Liquor like DOM or XO can be used to replace too :p

  5. hello, if i do not have the waist tonic, what can i replace it with?

  6. I love chicken essence. My grandma used to also put in the part with bones in it. (but the additional step is to blanched and sieve). And I love both the soup and munching the little meat left on the chicken bones although it is tasteless by then.

    Nice recipe. I have never heard of Huiji Waist Tonic before. Is it sold in the supermarket? Your kids are so lucky!


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