Veggieful Chicken Soup

Ah, soup. My little comfort zone. I’ve been stuck in a soup rut for a while. It’s almost always Winter Melon Soup or ABCD Soup or Lotus Roots Soup (recipe coming up eventually) up my neck of woods. It’s time to change things up a bit.

I wanted something colourful, something quick, something with vegetables in it. Rummaging through my fridge, I found these few ingredients and I thought, these should work! PS: I made this soup within about a hour. Not too shabby indeed!

Early Sunday morning, I retrieved some Chicken Drumsticks, Cabbage quarter, Carrot, Frozen Peas, Potato, Onion, Goji Berries, Dried Scallops, Dried Oysters & Ground Ginger from my pantry and fridge. I could have used fresh ginger but I ran out. Use whatever’s on hand, right?
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Before I went further, I wanted to get the chicken broth going first so all the drumsticks, goji berries, died oyster and scallops went in. They take a little longer for their flavours to be released.
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Together with that, I gave the broth a bit of ginger. If I used fresh ginger, it would have also gone in then so I figured, just put it all in now.Veggieful Chicken Soup 3

Now onto the chopping, peeling and slicing. I kept the cabbage pieces fairly large simply because they would soften quite a lot later and small bits might turn into mush. Not pretty.Veggieful Chicken Soup 4

As the carrots, onions and potatoes take longer to cook, they were given a headstart. I let this go while I took a little nap (tee hee!) Veggieful Chicken Soup 5

The final few ingredients that take almost no time at all to cook.Veggieful Chicken Soup 6

Once the cabbage softened and became really juicy, the soup is done. The sun has risen!Veggieful Chicken Soup 9

The cabbage, carrots and onions gave the soup real sweetness. Veggieful Chicken Soup 8

It was light yet filling. Just right with some rice. The folks I served this to loved it.

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Such pretty colours

Sometimes impromptu cooking can be pretty exciting. I’m glad I came up with this because this won’t be the last time I’ll be making it.

xoxoxo, Jayne

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14)

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Veggieful Chicken Soup
serves 8-10

3 Chicken Drumsticks
1/4 head of Cabbage (appx 300 gms or a little over 1/2 lbs), cored and cut to big chunks
1 Onion, peeled & quartered
1 Potato, peeled & wedged
1 Carrot, peeled & wedged
1/2 cup frozen Peas
3 tbsp Goji Berries (kei chi)
1 tbsp dried Scallops
2 tbsp dried Oyster
1/2 tbsp powdered Ginger (or 3 slices fresh ginger)
1 tbsp Salt
appx 6 cups water

  1. Before preparing other ingredients, bring water to boil. Drop chicken drumsticks, goji berries, dried oysters & dried scallop into the boiling water. Add in powdered ginger & salt. 
  2. Meanwhile, prepare your veggies.
  3. Add onion, carrot & potato. Let water come to a boil then reduce to a simmer, for 40 minutes.
  4. Toss in cabbage & peas and let it come to a boil again and reduce to a simmer for another 15 minutes.
  5. Check seasoning and serve up.
  6. Great with rice or even on it’s own.


  1. This is totally a beautiful and colorful soup. So hearty and healthy too. 🙂

  2. Hello there dearest Jayne,

    It’s me! Just wanted to drop by and say hi as well as to let you know that I love this soup recipe. Been making it a few times already and honestly speaking, it is so doable. The ingredients are easily obtainable. And the soup is refreshing and good tasting. My three precious children love it lots and they get very excited when they know it is on the meal list for the day.

    Keep up the good work in your kitchen ministry. I love the Bible verses, the About Me section, and many other things contained in your website. Very proud of what you are doing here.

    Thanks for the generous sharing of delightful and fine recipes and cooking tips.

    Take very good care. God bless.

    Yours truly,

    • Thanks sis! So happy to see your comment here this morning 🙂 I’m glad the kids enjoy this really simple soup. I’m all about simple and easy because sometimes, spending hours in the kitchen isn’t the most ideal of activities… especially when you have 3 kids in the house. 😉

      I really appreciate your encouragement! I had only conceive of this blog as my place to put up things I truly enjoy and I’m glad you and others have also found similar enjoyment in the same dishes.

      Take care too, sis. Much love from the Peninsular! God bless. Also, early happy birthday to our dear almost-10-year old cheeky boy. LOL. Double-digits! <3

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