Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:52:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Sticky Asian Chicken Wings http://steamykitchen.com/27003-sticky-asian-chicken-wings-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/27003-sticky-asian-chicken-wings-recipe-video.html#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:21:58 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=27003 Eating wings is an 8-finger affair (my pointed-up pinkies tend to stay clean as they are too short to get in the way), especially if you serve wings whole like I have in this recipe. Any wing connoisseur will tell you that each of the 3 parts of the wings are incredibly different. The drumstick end is meaty, easy to eat, but ...

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Sticky Asian Chicken Wings Recipe

Eating wings is an 8-finger affair (my pointed-up pinkies tend to stay clean as they are too short to get in the way), especially if you serve wings whole like I have in this recipe.

Any wing connoisseur will tell you that each of the 3 parts of the wings are incredibly different. The drumstick end is meaty, easy to eat, but can be a little dry if you over cook them. The flat part is the most tender (especially the sliver of meat between the bones) but is a little fussy to eat.

The small flapper part, which gets discarded and ignored most of the time, is the little crispy treat that has the most flavor of all. Since it’s so thin and small, it tends to get caramelized the most – and nibbling the edge of the flap is so tasty.

Sticky Asian Chicken Wings Recipe

And lastly, because you and I have become friends, I’ll confess that my favorite part most of all (I know you’re saying, wait…there’s ANOTHER part!?) is the cartilage. Perhaps is my Asian heritage (we love to eat all sorts of strange animal parts), but the soft-yet-crunchy white bits that holds together each wing section is irresistible.

There. I’ve told you. It took me 4 months of dating Scott before I would let him see me eating the cartilage. The first time that I did, he was sitting across from me at Hooters, enjoying his plate of wings and beer.

“crunch. crunch. crunch.”

He looked up at me. “Are you eating the bone?”

When I told him, he just shrugged off my eccentricity and went back to eating.

That’s when I knew I was in love.

Sticky Asian Chicken Wings Recipe

These Sticky Asian Chicken Wings are a recipe from my friend, Heather Christo’s cookbook, Heather Christo’s Generous Table. You’ll love her – she’s funny, glamorous, laughs loud (like me!), and just such a happy presence.

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Take a look at her book – full of recipes that she makes together with her ADORABLE girls named Coco and Pia. These wings are everything that wings deserve to be – sticky, savory, sweet.

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Servings: 4-6 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes
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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon rice vinegar (substitute with red or cider vinegar)
4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 stalk green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon hot chili sauce
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 1/2 pounds chicken wings, with tips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375F.

In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except for the chicken wings. Set aside half of the sauce mixture to use later.

Toss the chicken wings in with the marinade in the large bowl to coat. Line a baking sheet with foil and spread the chicken wings in a single layer. Bake for 30 minutes or until the wings are cooked through.

When the wings are done, toss with the reserved sauce mixture.

 

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Wasabi Shrimp with Avocado on Rice Cracker http://steamykitchen.com/27098-wasabi-shrimp-avocado-cracker-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/27098-wasabi-shrimp-avocado-cracker-recipe-video.html#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:37:54 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=27098 If you’re not familiar with Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking, let me give you a little introduction. Gaby LOVES avocado (we were in Mexico a couple of times together and she snarfed an entire bowl of guacamole the size of a soccer ball in one sitting!), is the only woman I know who can look totally glamorous in 95F Austin heat ...

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Wasabi Shrimp with Avocado on Rice Cracker Recipe

If you’re not familiar with Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking, let me give you a little introduction. Gaby LOVES avocado (we were in Mexico a couple of times together and she snarfed an entire bowl of guacamole the size of a soccer ball in one sitting!), is the only woman I know who can look totally glamorous in 95F Austin heat at an outdoor bbq and Gaby is FUN. Loads of fun. You can’t help but be goofy around her!

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Left to right, that’s me (dork), Elise & Guy of Simply Recipes, Gaby and Catherine of Weelicious.

Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 2.50.30 PMGaby’s brand new book, Absolutely Avocadoes just came out. If you’re a fan of the avocado, this is a must-get book. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert.

Avocado in dessert!? Yep – Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pound Cake with Avocado!

I’ve made one of her recipes from the book – Gaby’s original recipe used sushi tuna on the rice cracker, but I’ve substituted with pre-cooked salad shrimp from the market. It’s the perfect finger-food for avocado lovers, like me.

 

 

Wasabi Shrimp with Avocado on Rice Cracker Recipe

 

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Servings: 8 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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A quick 15 minute appetizer featuring avocado! Adapted from Gaby Dalkin's Absolutely Avocados cookbook.

Feel free to use sushi-grade ahi tuna instead of the shrimp.

Ingredients:

1 stalk green onion, green part only
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon prepared wasabi paste (or more)
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 pound cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
1/2 stalk green onions, chopped thinly
1/4 red pepper or red chili, finely minced
2 ripe avocados 1/2 lime, squeezed
24 rice crackers

Directions:

In a bowl, add a handful of ice cubes and cold water to cover. With a small or medium sharp knife, cut green onion stalks into 3" lengths. Slice the green onion lengthwise into long thin strips, as thin as possible (see video). Place green onion slivers into ice water. Set aside while you continue with rest of recipe.

In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame seeds, wasabi, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Add in the cooked shrimp, green onion and red pepper and toss to coat. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and place the avocado into a separate bowl. Add in the lime juice and use a fork to mash the avocado.

Spread avocado on each cracker. Top with a spoonful of the wasabi shrimp. Garnish with green onion curls.

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Chinese Grilled Shrimp http://steamykitchen.com/26335-chinese-grilled-shrimp-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/26335-chinese-grilled-shrimp-recipe-video.html#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:08:15 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=26335 My parents grill outdoors quite often, they live in Las Vegas so they can pretty much grill year-round (though I bet during the hottest summer weeks, you could grill directly on the sidewalk). Mom is one of the best hostesses I know, always making sure that there is plenty of food and drink to feed all the guests plus extra ...

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Grilled Shrimp Chinese Style Recipe

My parents grill outdoors quite often, they live in Las Vegas so they can pretty much grill year-round (though I bet during the hottest summer weeks, you could grill directly on the sidewalk). Mom is one of the best hostesses I know, always making sure that there is plenty of food and drink to feed all the guests plus extra in case 30 more people show up.


Grilled Shrimp Chinese Style Recipe

I have to confess, I’m the same way too. The extra food never gets wasted – our guests can bring home a leftovers or our animals get a nice treat. Our dogs, Coco and Buster, gets first dibs…..then the 10 hens and then lastly, the compost worms get to feast. If we happen to to have shellfish shells, like lobster shell, clam shell or shrimp shells, the hundreds of little Bluegill fish in our pond get a treat.

This is a recipe that I’ve learned from Mom, who has such talent for creating simple, but powerful recipes. Shrimp are marinated with what I call the “Chinese Trinity” – the trio of garlic, ginger and green onion. In addition, I’ve added minced hot chile pepper from our garden.

Grilled Shrimp Chinese Style Recipe

The Holy Trinity of Chinese Cooking

Chinese TrinityIf you’re familiar with New Orleans cooking, you’ll know that the “Holy Trinity” begins many Cajun and Creole recipes: a saute of onion, green bell pepper and celery.

In Chinese Cooking, the three key aromatics are a stir fry of garlic, ginger and green onion. These three ingredients dominate much of Chinese recipes. If you have time, read Tiger & Strawberries (one of the very first food blogs that I fell in love with 5 years ago) article on The Chinese Triad. Barbara’s post is thorough and also provides some cooking tips on how to use this triad of aromatics.

Mom’s Chinese Grilled Shrimp is one of the simplest recipes that highlights how powerful the combination of green onion, garlic and ginger can be. You can marinate the shrimp overnight or even for just a few minutes if you don’t have time.

Other ingredients that you can add to The Chinese Trinity that are great with this recipe are: cilantro, minced hot chile pepper, orange zest, Chinese 5-spice powder (just a pinch), sesame oil (just a dribble) , Chinese rice wine (just a splash).

 

 

 

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes
Grilled Shrimp Chinese Style Recipe

You can use any size shrimp for this recipe - I love using jumbo shrimp. Asians love to keep the shrimp shell on, it's a deliciously messy, eat-with-hands affair! If you prefer to shell the shrimp, that is fine too. You can broil or grill this shrimp.

Ingredients:

1 pound shrimp
1 stalk green onion, green part only, chopped
2 cloves garlic, very finely minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon finely minced chile pepper (or to your taste)
1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
1 teaspoon cooking oil
bamboo skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes

Directions:

Preheat grill to high heat. In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix thoroughly to coat the shrimp. At this point, you can refrigerate for up to overnight or just proceed to next step.

Skewer the shrimp - for jumbo shrimp, you may want to use two bamboo skewers for each (see photo or video). Grill 2-4 minutes each side (depends on how big the shrimp are). Serve immediately.

To broil, set the oven rack to 8" below heating unit. Broil 4 minutes per side or until cooked through.

 

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Tofu and Mushroom Miso Soup http://steamykitchen.com/20575-miso-soup-recipe-tofu-mushroom.html http://steamykitchen.com/20575-miso-soup-recipe-tofu-mushroom.html#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2012 16:29:01 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=20575 As my many house guests can attest to, I am not a breakfast eater (unless I’m hung over, then a 1/2 pound of bacon will be devoured quickly). When Diane and Todd were over, the first thing my boys did right after waking up in the morning was run over to the cottage to wake them up and drag them ...

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As my many house guests can attest to, I am not a breakfast eater (unless I’m hung over, then a 1/2 pound of bacon will be devoured quickly). When Diane and Todd were over, the first thing my boys did right after waking up in the morning was run over to the cottage to wake them up and drag them to the house to make their famous breakfast.

They made homemade pancakes, waffles, french toast and cinnamon sugar knots. Oh, and we went through 10 pounds of bacon too (I’m not joking). You should see my boys’ faces when they woke up on Sunday and realized Uncle Todd and Auntie Diane were gone….(sigh) back to cold cereal and boring eggs.

But the ONE thing I will eat in the morning is 10-minute miso soup. Okay, sometimes I like Ochazuke for breakfast too (but that’s for another post). My body craves savory Japanese flavors in the morning and miso soup, fortified with egg, mushrooms, tofu and whatever leafy greens I have will hit the spot.

I’m developing recipes for Miso & Easy, which is a prepared miso paste that’s all ready to go – add hot water and you’ve got instant miso soup. It’s a brand new product.

If you’re using regular miso paste, same recipe, just use vegetable broth or dashi broth in place of water.

What is dashi?

Dashi is Japanese soup base that’s made from bonito fish. Instead of using chicken, vegetable or beef broth (in soups and in cooking dishes), Japanese recipes will call for dashi broth instead. You can make it from scratch, with a piece of kombu (dried seaweed) and dried bonito flakes; or use instant dashi powder (which is what I use)

But if you don’t have dashi, just use vegetable broth instead.

As for the other ingredients, it’s simple. And flexible. Whatever fresh mushrooms you have (below I have Japanese mushrooms), whatever leafy greens you want (spinach, bok choy, napa cabbage) and whatever firmness of tofu you want.

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 2 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes
Tofu and Mushroom Miso Soup Recipe

The recipe is flexible - use whatever mushrooms and vegetables you have. The recipe has options for using Miso & Easy product or regular Miso Paste.

Ingredients:

6 ounces tofu, cubed
4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
handful of leafy vegetable, chopped
1 egg, whisked
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
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If using Miso & Easy:
  • 4 cup s water
  • 4 tablespoons Miso & Easy
If using Miso Paste:
  • 4 cups dashi or vegetable broth
  • 4 tablespoons miso paste

Directions:

1. In a sauce pot, bring the broth to a boil. Add in the tofu, mushrooms and the vegetables. While stirring the broth, slowly pour in the whisked egg. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat.

2. If using Miso & Easy: Stir in the Miso & Easy. Top with green onions and serve immediately.

3. If using Miso Paste: Ladle about ½ cup of the hot broth into a bowl with the miso paste. Use a fork or whisk to stir and liquify and soften the miso paste. Pour all of the miso paste into the pot and stir gently. Top with green onions and serve immediately.

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Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe http://steamykitchen.com/5068-hainanese-chicken-rice.html http://steamykitchen.com/5068-hainanese-chicken-rice.html#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2009 01:58:34 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=5068 Recipe with step by step photos for Hainanese Chicken Rice and soup.

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Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe

What you’ll learn:

  • Choosing the right chicken for your Hainanese Chicken Rice
  • How to cook the perfect Hainanese Chicken
  • The best way to prepare Hainanese Rice
  • Preparing Chilli dipping sauce for Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hi there! Please welcome guest writer (and Steamy Kitchen intern) Jess from  Jess’s Many Mini Adventures in Food and Farming. She’s an amazing, passionate gal who loves food as much as I do. She’s here to share her family’s Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe.

-Jaden

Hey all,

Jess here, Steamy Kitchen’s new intern. That’s me chewing on a mango in my tiny kitchen preparing for a meal at Synergy Farm (a farm on an island!) where I intern at. I’m actually in my kitchen right now on my lunch break, looking out at the barn and the carrots in the north garden, IMG_2877munching on a quesadilla with beet greens and feeling amazed all over again at how I ended up here, on a farm, writing to all of you wonderful readers!

I’ve been here since late March, just after my 24th birthday. Before that, I was living in Cambodia helping girls get an education; before Cambodia, I was working at Google, and waaaaaay back before then (well not so long ago, actually) I ran an afterschool program in the bay area. I love adventure, and I love to consider the small ways I can change the world for the better, and over the past few years, I’ve become convinced that my way of making my world better is through food.

Growing up in Orange County, California, I never thought much about where my In-N-Out Burger or spicy tuna roll came from. Every since I was 4 years old perched on a kitchen stool, stirring up Betty Crocker, I’ve always been in love with food: cooking it, eating it, playing with it. I love cooking with friends; chopping veggies gives me a high like no other; but it was only recently that I’ve become fascinated with how our food is grown, processed and distributed to us and also how it affects our health, our environment and our communities. I figured it made sense to get down in the dirt and learn more about these issues firsthand, so I became an apprentice on a small organic farm in the beautiful San Juan Islands.

So what’s all this got to do with blogging? The food blogging community has been a way for me to connect with other people who think and care about food as much as I do. I’m completely inspired by all the amazing folks out there sharing their recipes and opinions and lives. Jaden’s agreed to transmit some of her samurai skills in cooking and food writing to me so I can join in the fun.

All this food love had to come from somewhere, and I tend to attribute a lot of it to good genes. My mum’s side of the family is Singaporean and I grew up in a whirlwind of popiah, freshly baked curry puffs, and beef rendang. Though I’m open to all kinds of cuisines, I hold a special place in my heart for a good plate of chili crab or chicken satay.

When I was small my family made many trips to my grandparents’ house back in Singapore. Early in the mornings, before it got unbearably hot, my grandpa would head down to the local hawker center (a food court with lots of different stalls) to pick up breakfast. He would come back to the house with a bag full of packets wrapped in banana leaves, still hot, shiny with oil, and intensely fragrant. We’d each carefully unwrap our packet, uncover the pieces of tender, perfectly steamed chicken on top of savory rice. We’d tuck in to the fragrant ginger-garlic-chickeny heaven, topped in our favorite combinations of magical sauces and eat till we were ready to face the sticky tropical day.

These days you can still find Hainanese chicken rice in hawker centers across the island for a couple of dollars a plate, and also in high-end restaurants serving up authentic cuisine. This is what a hawker center looks like — like a mall food court, only with mee goreng and peanut soup instead of Sbarro!

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Singaporean Hawker

Hainanese Chicken Rice often called Singapore’s national dish. When I was a kid and my family would go back to visit Singapore, I had three loves: fried bananas, paratha, and chicken rice. When I was visiting family last November, it was one of the first things they took me to eat — the carcasses in the stall beckoned to me with the promise of super-fresh tender chicken — some things just don’t change.

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Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Authentic Singaporean Dish

Though Hainanese Chicken Rice gets its name from its origins in Hainan, China, it was really when overseas Chinese brought the dish to Singapore that it got a new personality and became famous.

According to my mom, this recipe is really only authentic when made with a “kampong” chicken, which means basically, a chicken from the village: the kind that roam around in the sun and eat whatever grubs and grass and scraps of rice are available. These kinds of chickens look pretty skinny by our standards, but they have an amazing flavor that I can only describe as “extremely chickeny.”

Here on the farm, we raise the closest equivalent to a “kampong” chicken that you’ll likely find in the US — not as scrawny, but pretty much as delicious. Our chickens are organically fed and pasture-raised, which means they get to spend their days outside, hanging out in the sun, roam in the grass, pecking at greens and grubs. We raise about 120 in each batch and they take about 8 weeks to go from chick to chicken rice. As my mentor, Farmer Susan likes to say, these chickens live a really really good life and then have one really bad day. They are ridiculously good just boiled plain in a pot of water and salted slightly.

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All that good care makes these chickens more pricey than your average bird and on a farmer’s salary, it’s tough to afford them, but thankfully in our chicken processing just a couple weeks ago, I was able to snag a couple of tiny 2-pounders that we wouldn’t be able to sell, that were just perfect for chicken rice.

Hello guys and gals, it’s Jaden back again – Jess gave me her recipe for Hainanese Chicken Rice and I made it to show you step by step instructions! It’s a multi-step recipe, with 4 components:

1) Chicken
2) Rice
3) Chili Dipping Sauce

oh yes, the soup too, but you don’t really have to do much other ladle into the bowls.

So, let’s start with the CHICKEN.

How to cook Hainanese Chicken

This is an organic supermarket chicken (I wish we were all as lucky as Jess to be able to have fresh chicken!) Here’s the deal about the chicken. You gotta buy the best. Because this Hainanese Chicken Rice dish is all about the pure taste of the chicken, you really want to go with organic. It’s worth the money for your health, the environment and taste buds.

When you buy a whole chicken and are cooking it skin-on, and ESPECIALLY if you’re steaming or poaching the thing, you want to make sure you get the “nasties” off.

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I’m sure by looking at this photo you know what I mean. What I’m after is smooth, unblemished skin.

So I give my guy a facial.

Yes, I’m totally serious!

I exfoliate my chicken.

Wow, I can’t believe I just confessed to you that I give my chickens a spa treatment. Please don’t think I’m strange! Please tell me that you do this too!??????

Start with a small handful of kosher salt. Regular table salt is too fine to use to exfoliate. Sea salt is too expensive. Just use kosher salt. Oh and even if you don’t have that loose skin on your chicken, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to exfoliate — there’s still hidden guck and yuck that is trapped in that chicken skin. TRUST ME. Your chicken will look and taste better this way.

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Now RUB RUB RUB!!

Be gone wrinkles!

Be gone trapped guck!

Be gone dead skin! <- yes, I know that sounded ridiculous on so many levels.

Work those pores!

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Rub chicken with salt

Rinse, pat dry and ta-da!!!

Glistening.

Glowing.

Soft.

Smooth.

Taut.

Chicken.

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Check those lovely pores.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Step by step photos

Season the inside and outside the chicken with salt and stuff the bird with ginger and green onions. Remember, you are not only seasoning the chicken, but also the poaching water too, so be generous with the salt. I generally double the amount of salt that I would normally use on a chicken. I’ll show you how much water we’re adding in a sec.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Stuff chicken with ginger and green onions

Put it in a big pot and fill with water to just cover by 1 inch. Note that some of the stuffing might fall out. Which is totally okay. Don’t worry.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Put chicken in big pot and fill with water

Bring that baby to a boil and then immediately turn the heat to low to keep a simmer. You’ll begin to see some of that scum. Now hey, if we didn’t exfoliate our chicken, I bet that scum would be a lot browner. I have a handy dandy scum skimmer. If you don’t have a scum skimmer, buy one, it’s only $2!

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Boil chicken with stuffings

After simmering on the lowest heat (just enough for little tiny bubbles to break surface) and your chicken reaches the correct temp (take the chicken temperature at the thickest part of the thigh that’s not touching bone, it should read 170F). This is is done!

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Boil chicken with stuffings

Prepare an ice bath and immediately lift the chicken out of the pot with 2 big slotted spoons or 2 big fat spatulas.

Here’s a tip. Don’t try to grab the chicken legs to pull the chicken out. You’ll end up tearing the skin and heh, maybe even tearing the drumsticks outta the chicken which results in you standing there holding two drumsticks and the rest of the chicken plopping back into the boiling hot broth which then splashes back on your arms and face. Speaking from experience, of course.

Oh, and don’t even THINK about pouring that clean, delicious broth down the sink! We’ll be using that to cook the rice, prepare the sauce and to drink as soup! So, remember, gently lift the chicken out from under and try not to disturb its delicate (and exfoliated!) skin.

My pot of ice water wasn’t big enough, but it worked, I just turned the chicken over a few times to make sure both sides were cooled. Why are we doing this, you ask!? Ha! I thought you’d never ask. Well let me tell ya. Plunging in an ice bath stops the cooking process immediately AND tightens the skin, making it springy and firm. The quality of the chicken skin is important in this dish! It’s all about the skin texture.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Plunge chicken in ice bath

See here? That’s your soup! Season with salt if necessary.

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How to cook Hainanese Rice

I use Jasmine rice, or long grained rice. Of course, feel free to sub with whatever rice you want, but I prefer Jasmine white rice. I’m using 2 cups of rice. Rinse the rice grains several times in water to get rid of excess starch and other rice cling-ons. Then let the rice soak in water for 10 minutes.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Hainanese Rice

Drain the rice completely, as much as possible.

Grab a pot and saute the garlic and the ginger. Mmmm…can you smell that??

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Hainanese Rice

Add the drained rice to the pot.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Hainanese Rice

Fry the rice grains for a couple of minutes…this gives the rice SO much flavor! I like to add a bit of salt to the rice if the broth isn’t already salted.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Hainanese Rice

Remember that broth? Well, pour 2 cups of this into the pot. Normally when cooking rice, I’d go with a ratio of 1 cup rice : 1.25 cups water/broth. But since we’ve already soaked the rice and the rice has absorbed some of the water, I’m going with 1:1. Bring the rice to a boil, then immediately turn the heat to low, cover tightly and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest (still covered! no peeking!) for 5-10 more minutes. Done.

Oh, if you have a rice cooker, even better! After sauteing the garlic, ginger, rice – just add that into your rice cooker with the broth.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Hainanese Rice

Perfect rice.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Hainanese Rice

Chili Sauce for Hainanese Chicken Rice

If you’re a fan of sriracha chili sauce, this will knock your socks off. Jess puts sriracha, lime, sugar, salt, couple tablespoons of that lovely chicken broth, garlic and ginger into a blender and wheeeeeee:

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Chilli Sauce

Voila….Jess’s Hainanese Chicken Rice:

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe - Garnish with cucumber and cilantro

Enjoy!

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe

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Servings: 6 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour
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While your chicken is cooking, it helps to prepare the ingredients for your chili sauce and rice. Both of these are usually assembled after the chicken is done because they require the chicken broth, but you can get started washing and soaking the rice, chopping the garlic and ginger before then. In this recipe, all of the poaching broth is reserved -- some is used in the rice, a small amount is used in the chili sauce, and the remainder is saved to be heated and served as a simple soup to accompany the chicken.

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken (3.5 lbs, 1.8kg), preferably organic
kosher salt
4'' section of fresh ginger, in 1/4'' slices
2 stalks green onions, cut into 1" sections (both the green and white parts)
1 teaspoon sesame oilFOR THE RICE
2 tablespoon chicken fat or 2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1'' section of ginger, finely minced
2 cups long-grain uncooked rice, washed and soaked in cool water for 10 min or longer
2 cups reserved chicken poaching broth
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon kosher saltFOR THE CHILI SAUCE
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoon reserved chicken poaching broth
2 teaspoon sugar
4 tablespoon sriracha chili sauce
4 cloves garlic
1'' ginger
a generous pinch of salt, to tasteFOR THE TABLE
1/4 cup dark soy sauce
Few sprigs cilantro
1 cucumber, thinly sliced or cut into bite-sized chunks

Directions:

1. To clean the chicken, with a small handful of kosher salt, rub the chicken all over, getting rid of any loose skin and dirt. Rinse chicken well, inside and outside. Season generously with salt inside and outside. Stuff the chicken with the ginger slices and the green onion. Place the chicken in a large stockpot and fill with cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, then immediately turn the heat to low to keep a simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes more (less if you're using a smaller chicken). Check for doneness by sticking a chopstick into the flesh under the leg and see if the juices run clear or insert a thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh not touching bone. It should read 170F.

2. When the chicken is cooked through, turn off the heat and remove the pot from the burner. Immediately lift and transfer the chicken into a bath of ice water to cool and discard the ginger and green onion. Don't forget to reserve the poaching broth for your rice, your sauce, and the accompanying soup. The quick cooling will stop the cooking process, keeping the meat soft and tender, and giving the skin a lovely firm texture.

3. To cook the rice: Drain the rice. In a wok or sauce pan (use a medium sauce pan if you plan on cooking the rice on the stove top), heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the ginger and the garlic and fry until your kitchen smells like heaven. Be careful not to burn the aromatics! Add in your drained rice and stir to coat, cook for 2 minutes. Add the sesame oil, mix well.

To make the rice on the stove: In the same sauce pan, add 2 cups of your reserved poaching broth, add salt and bring to a boil. Immediately turn the heat down to low, cover the pot and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit (with lid still on) for 5-10 minutes more.

To cook rice in a rice cooker: Pour aromatics and rice (after frying) into your rice cooker, add 2 1/2 cups of your reserved poaching broth and salt. Follow the instructions for your model (usually this will just mean "turn it on!")

4. While your rice is cooking, remove the chicken from the ice bath and rub the outside of the chicken with the sesame oil. Carve the chicken for serving.

5. To make the chili sauce: Blend your chili sauce ingredients in a blender until smooth and bright red.

6. To make the soup: You should have six or seven cups of the reserved poaching broth left over to serve as soup. Just before serving, heat up the soup, taste and season with salt as necessary.

Serve the chicken rice with chili sauce, dark soy sauce, cucumber slices, and a bowl of hot broth garnished with cilantro or scallions

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