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Easy Chicken and Ginger Soup With Rice Cakes, Chives, and Quick-Pickled Garlic

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Note: Follow this video for instructions on how to break down a chicken. You'll need to break it down into the following pieces: 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs, 4 breast pieces, 2 wings, and a back, roughly chopped into 1- to 2-inch chunks. Follow this video for instructions on how to julienne ginger. I prefer using a mix of various types of chives for this recipe (yellow chives, Chinese chives, and regular chives). Yellow chives and Chinese chives can be found at Asian grocers.

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