Chicken Drumstick and Chinese Cabbage Soup Using Shio Koji

chicken drumstick and Chinese cabbage soup

I’m going to show you how to make delicious, heart-warming soup using chicken drumsticks and Chinese cabbage. We will cook them slowly for a long time until the drumsticks become fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.

Chicken Drumstick and Chinese Cabbage Soup Using Shio Koji

5 from 1 vote
Sakura Yubi
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Marinating Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 25 minutes
Cuisine Japanese
Course Soup
Servings 2 servings


For marinating chicken drumsticks

  • 700 g (1.5 lb) chicken drumsticks
  • 3 tbsp (3 tbsp) shio koji

Other ingredients for making the soup

  • 1 tbsp (1 tbsp) oil
  • 640 g (1.4 lb) Chinese cabbage
  • 1 (1) onion
  • 300 ml (1.3 cups) water
  • 5 g (0.2 oz) chicken stock or consomme (in dry form (powder, cube, etc.))
  • shio koji or salt (to your taste)
  • black pepper (to your taste)


Marinating chicken drumsticks

  • Have the drumsticks marinated in shio koji for several to 24 hours.
    This will make the meat softer and juicier

Making the soup

  • Chop up Chinese cabbage and onion into large pieces.
  • Add some oil to a large pan over medium heat and add the drumsticks. We'll sear the surface of these drumsticks.
  • Once they are lightly seared, add a little bit of water.
    A lot of water will come out from the vegetables later on, so we don't need a lot of water at this point.
  • Then add chicken stock or consomme in dry (powder, cube, etc.) form.
  • Then stack all the vegetables over the meat: harder ones at the bottom, and softer ones at the top.
  • Cover the lid. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low, and let it cook slowly like this for an hour.
  • Okay, an hour has passed. Let's open the lid and stir. Do you see a lot of water has come out of the vegetables? That's all flavor. The vegetables and the drumsticks have become really soft and they are ready to eat.
  • Taste the soup and make final adjustments according to your taste. I added some shio koji and black pepper. You can use salt instead of shio koji, if you prefer. And it's done. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes


Serving: 1servingCalories: 538.6kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 46gFat: 29.5gSaturated Fat: 6.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6.6gMonounsaturated Fat: 13.2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 215.7mgSodium: 1107.8mgPotassium: 881.6mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 2.3gVitamin A: 950.6IUVitamin C: 14.3mgCalcium: 128.9mgIron: 4mg
Keyword chicken, chicken drumstick, chinese cabbage, koji salt, miso soup, salt koji, shio koji, vegetables, veggies
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