Mustard Green Chicken Soup

Mustard Green Chicken Soup

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 105 mins
Total: 115 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
362 Calories
18g Fat
12g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 362
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 212mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Protein 38g
Calcium 274mg 21%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Mustard green chicken soup is one of our traditional Taiwanese New year dishes. The long stalks from the vegetable represent “long life” and it’s simply a great dish for Lunar New Year. Because the long stalk represents “long life”, in Taiwan mustard green vegetable is also known as “long life vegetable” (長年菜).

The mustard green vegetable is also known as “Brassica Juncea”. It’s a kind of mustard plant that not only Chinese people use in their food but also Indian people use it. It has a very unique taste that has a kind of light horseradish-mustard flavor. Chinese and Taiwanese people use this vegetable in many different kinds of dishes. You can stir-fry it, make soup or even preserve it with salt and stir-fry it with some mince or bean curd. It’s really delicious! Another thing worth mentioning about Mustard Green is it’s not only delicious but it’s also super healthy!

Mustard Green contains high levels of Vitamin K, C and A as well as being a good source of folic acid. Mustard Green also provides a rich source of anti-oxidants and flavonoids which can help the body prevent prostate, breast, colon and ovarian cancers.

Regular consumption of mustard greens in the diet is known to prevent arthritis, osteoporosis, iron deficiency, anemia and is believed to help protect people from cardiovascular diseases, asthma and colon, and prostate cancers.

Soup is a really important part of Chinese cuisine. Chinese and Taiwanese soups are completed different to western soups. In Chinese cooking, Chinese people use many different ingredients for soup but the soups are seasonal and also medicinal. If we're sick with flu, for example, we like to add a bit of ginger in our soup.

A lot of Chinese people will also put different kinds of Chinese medicine in their soup to maintain their bodies and improve their health. As you can tell, it’s very different with Chinese cooking. A good soup can be healthy, filling, enrich your body and good for your tummy, improve your stamina and strengthen your health.

So this mustard green chicken soup not only has a great meaning but is really great for your health. It’s a really superb dish to start your New Year with.

Normally, you can see this vegetable in Asian/Chinese supermarkets along the fresh grocery aisle or fridge. The season for this dish is winter to early spring.


  • 1 whole chicken (cut into pieces)
  • 1 1/2 pounds/800 g. mustard greens (cut into 1 to 2 inches/3 to 5 cm lengthways)
  • 3 piece ginger
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground white pepper (to taste)
  • 8 1/2 to 10 cups water to cover (about 2 to 2 1/2 liters)

Steps to Make It

  1. Blanch the chicken and rinse under cold water to give it a quick wash. This procedure gets rid of any unpleasantness from the chicken.

  2. Put the chicken into a stockpot and add ginger. Add water until the contents of the stockpot are covered.

  3. Boil it first then simmer for 1.5 hours.

  4. Check the chicken meat is soft and put the mustard green into the soup to cook along with the chicken until the mustard green is cooked and the stalk is soft. Season the soup and it’s ready to serve.