This comforting chicken soup features the warm, aromatic flavors of ginger and the earthy tones of shiitake mushrooms, making it perfect for cold days or when you need a soothing meal. It’s not only delicious but also packed with nutrients, offering a boost to your immune system.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps sliced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)


  1. Sauté the Aromatics: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion becomes translucent and the mixture is fragrant.
  2. Cook the Mushrooms: Add the shiitake mushrooms to the pot and cook for another 5 minutes, or until they begin to soften and release their moisture.
  3. Brown the Chicken: Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the chicken pieces to the pot, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is no longer pink on the outside, about 5 minutes.
  4. Simmer the Soup: Pour in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the sliced carrot and celery. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Season the Soup: Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, and soy sauce, if using.
  6. Serve: Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with sliced green onions and fresh cilantro, if desired.
  7. Enjoy: Serve the soup hot for a comforting and satisfying meal.


  • For a more robust flavor, consider adding a dash of sesame oil or a few drops of fish sauce to the soup before serving.
  • This soup can easily be made vegetarian by substituting the chicken with tofu and using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
  • If fresh shiitake mushrooms are unavailable, dried shiitake mushrooms can be used instead. Rehydrate them in hot water for 20 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (approximation per serving):

  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Protein: 25g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35 minutes


  • Serves: 4-6

This Chicken Soup with Ginger and Shiitake Mushrooms is not only a feast for your taste buds but also a comforting embrace for your soul. Its healing properties and delightful flavors make it an ideal meal for recuperating days, chilly evenings, or whenever you crave a bowl of warm, nutritious soup.

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