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栗子燜雞 Braised Chicken with Chestnuts

Chestnuts have always been my favorite and there are just so many ways to cook them.  For example, they can be boiled, grilled, roasted, made into a soup, or braised in a dish.  A popular Chinese way to cook with them is to braise them with chicken. The nutty flavor of the chestnuts complements the chicken very well. Braising ensures that the chestnuts are softened enough to create that melt in your mouth texture.

Ingredients:

  • 20 chestnuts, frozen shelled chestnuts, thawed
  • 6 dried dark shiitake mushroom
  • 1 onion, sliced lengthwise into eighths
  • 1/2 lb chicken thigh, cut into bite-size piece
  • 3 slices of ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 stalks of scallions, sectioned

Marinate:

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cooking wine
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup of chicken stock or water
  • 1 teaspoon of dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cooking wine
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil

Directions:

  1. Use 1 cup of water to soak dried mushroom for 1 hour, remove stems. Save the water.  Set Aside
  2. Marinate chicken with soy sauce, wine and corn starch for 20 minutes
  3. Heat oil in a wok/saucepan, stir fry ginger, shallots, garlics for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in chicken, cook until both sides golden.
  5. Add onions and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add chestnuts, dried mushrooms, oyster sauce, sugar, soy sauce, chicken stock and the reserved mushroom water.
  7. Bring it to boil, then turn to low heat, cover and simmers for 20 minutes or until chestnuts are tender.
  8. Stir in scallions.  Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil.
Another delicious chestnut recipe:

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