6/14/2010

Steamed herbal chicken

Just came back from a short trip to Bukit Tinggi not too long ago. I know some of my wonderful friends are waiting for me to update my blog with the photos taken during the trip but I'm still waiting for the photos from my mum's camera to consolidate all the photos before uploading them... :)

Hee... anyway, after all the 'outside' food we ate during the trip, I made sure that I cooked some home-cooked fare for hubby over the weekend. Bought some handmade thick mee sua from Malacca on our way back to Singapore so I just had to try it the very next day... :) Hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed the mee sua soup I cooked on Saturday - sometimes a simple dinner can be so uplifting.

Anyway, I digress too much. You must be wondering what happened to the steamed herbal chicken I was supposed to tell you all about... hee. That was part of Sunday's dinner and I must say that it was pure comfort food (that is, if you are a fan of herbs). It would have been even better had I cooked it with chicken thighs with the bones intact but I only had deboned chicken thighs on hand so I had to make do.


Steamed herbal chicken


Yum... :)

Ingredients:
  • 3 deboned chicken thighs (better to cook those with bones intact as I mentioned as the meat will be even more tender)
  • about 1 tablespoon sliced dang shen
  • about a handful red dates
  • 8 dried longan
  • 3 pieces huai shan
  • 5 pieces dang gui
  • 2 tablespoons wolfberries
  • 1 slice ginger (julien the slice of ginger)
  • 1-1.5 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • about 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hua diao jiu
  • dashes of sesame oil
  • dashes of ground white pepper



The chinese herbs


Method:
  1. Marinate the chicken meat with all the ingredients.
  2. Place the chicken meat and all the ingredients on a piece of aluminium foil. Seal the ingredients and place the packet on a plate.
  3. Steam for about 40min (steam for at least an hour if cooking with chicken thighs that are not deboned).
  4. Serve hot with white fluffy rice.


Marinating in progress



Time to wrap it up!



Waiting for the water in the steamer to boil



Steaming....



It's ready! Fogging the lens...



Can you tell it's really piping hot? :)



There you go... a proper peek into the yummy packet of herbal chicken

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