Servings: Serves 4 to 6
Place chicken in a large pot; cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce to a simmer. Add ginger and cook about 1 hour. Add remaining ingredients except salt; cook 3 more hours.
Remove broth from heat; let cool slightly. Set a fine-meshed strainer over a large bowl; pour broth through strainer and discard all solids except the chicken. When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove skin. Using a fork, shred meat (watch out for stray bones). Season to taste with salt and arrange on a platter along with garnishes.
Reheat broth; season to taste with salt (this may take more than 2 tablespoons). To serve, instruct guests to place chicken and a little bit of each garnish in the bottom of their bowls; ladle hot broth on top.
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From the February 2008 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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