Chicken and Shiitake Mushroom Soup

Chicken (and shiitake mushroom) soup for the soul! The key when reconstituting dried shiitake mushrooms is patience - take plenty of time, and your soup will be packed with umami.

Chicken and Shiitake Mushroom Soup
Photographed by Takeshi Noguchi

Recipe by
Masako Kono




Soups & Stews



Calorie count is per serving.
Excludes time needed to reconstitute the dried shiitake mushrooms.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 250 g chicken thigh (bone in; chunks)
  • 6 dried shiitake mushrooms (small) (20 g)
  • 1 bunch bok choy (small)
  • 2 tsp ginger juice
  • Water
  • Salt
  • A pinch of pepper



Rinse the dried shiitake and drain. Place in a small bowl and cover with 300 ml of water. Place a small dish on top to keep the shiitake submerged. Soak for 4 to 12 hours (or follow the instructions on the package) to reconstitute.


Remove the shiitake and save the soaking liquid. Cut off the shiitake stems.


Wash the chicken in a bowl of water, rubbing the surface to remove any blood or slime. Pat dry with paper towels.


Cut the bok choy in half, separating the leaves from the stalks. Cut the stalks lengthwise into quarters.


Pour just under 400 ml of water into a pot. Add the chicken and place over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil and skim off the surface scum.


Add the shiitake mushroom soaking liquid and return to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes.


Add the shiitake along with 1/2 tsp of salt. Replace the lid and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Add the bok choy stalks. Simmer for 2-3 minutes before adding the leaves. Simmer for around 2 more minutes and then add the ginger juice. Season with a pinch each of salt and pepper.


*Take plenty of time to reconstitute dried shiitake mushrooms*
The time it takes to reconstitute and soften dried shiitake mushrooms depends on how thick they are. Generally speaking, they need to soak in water for anywhere from 4 to 12 hours. Soaking over a long period of time enhances their umami flavor. Use the umami-rich soaking liquid to add an extra dimension to dashi.