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Stir-fry Ginger Chicken

Ginger Chicken

Ginger is a spice that is highly sought after in Asian cooking because of its therapeutic effects and its amazing taste and flavour.  It can be used as the hero in the dish or just a side kick to influence the flavours and aroma.  Apart from cooking, ginger can be used for making refreshing ginger lemongrass drink.  How versatile is that!

In this dish, I have made ginger as the hero and it was also with this dish that I converted my hubby to love ginger! Tastes really delicious, aromatic and best eaten with simple fried garlic bee hoon and hot tea.   This dish can be cooked in two ways : steamed or stir-fry.   They both taste equally awesome.  I prefer stir-fry because I just like stir-fry!

Ginger chicken

Stir-fry Ginger Chicken (adapted from The Food Canon)

Serves 2 as main course

Ingredients :
4 chicken drumsticks, chopped into 3 pieces for each drumsticks
5 tbsp ginger, cut and blended (add more if you really love ginger)
2 tbsp garlic, diced
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
3 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine
2 tbsp vegetable oil

Chicken Marinade :
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine
1/2 bowl of water, enough to cover the chicken

Method :
1. Marinade the chopped chicken drumsticks with soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine and cover with water. Then leave the chicken to brine for about 3-4 hours.

2. Before cooking, take the chicken out from the fridge, pour away excess water and steam for about 10 minutes or almost cooked. Make sure you arrange them in one layer so they are equally cooked.

3. Prepare ginger – cut the ginger into smaller pieces and blend.  Set aside.

4. Remove the chicken from the steamer and drain them. Heat up 2 tbsp vegetable oil and when the oil is hot, put the chicken pieces in the wok to brown them on the sides.  Arrange them in one layer and don’t stack.   Once they are browned evenly, remove from the wok.

5. In the same wok, add garlic and stir-fry till fragrant.  Then add the ginger and mix around.  Keep the heat at medium fire and be careful not to burn the garlic and ginger.  Fry till you smell the aroma for about 15 minutes.

6. Add the sauces and mix well.  Then pour in the chicken and stir them until the chicken is well coated with the ginger and sauce.

7. Serve hot with simple fried garlic bee hoon and a cup of hot chinese tea


Ginger chicken

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