Opo Squash Chicken Soup

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June 1, 2018

Opo Squash Chicken SoupBone in chicken breast was on sale so I cut the chicken breast off for a different meal. What remained was the bone and a bit of meatIt was was just enough to make this opo squash* chicken soup.


*Opo squash is a native of southeast Asia and actually a gourd. It is also known as cucuzza or calabash.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 2 people


  • 1.5" ginger
  • dash of salt & pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 opo squash
  • 2 chicken
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 bunch green onion
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
Opo Squash Chicken Soup


  1. Wash chicken and pat dry. Add a dash of salt and set aside.
  2. washed chicken breast bones in bowl
  3. Bake ginger, half onion, and garlic cloves in a oven at 350 F for 10 minutes.
  4. ginger, garlic and onion on baking sheet
  5. Peel opo squash and cut into desired size. I personally do not like the inside of the opo squash, but it is edible. Chop green onions.
  6. cut Opo Squash
    Opo Squash Chicken Soup

  7. Boil 4 cups of water over high heat. Once boiling, add ginger, onion and garlic cloves. Add chicken.
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  9. When the chicken boils, remove the bubbles. Removing the bubbles will make the broth is clear. Reduce heat to medium for 15 minutes.
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  11. Add fish sauce and opo squash. Cover with lid and cook about 5 minutes.
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  13. Top off with green onions and dash of salt and pepper. Its ready to serve.
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