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Braised Chicken with Mushroom and Chestnut


Dried shitake mushrooms  are versatile, affordable and widely used in Asian cuisine.  Their meaty texture and smoky flavour is great paired with other varieties and in this case I've used them in a soy-based dish, braised with chicken and chestnuts.  This dish goes very well with plain white rice.



Recipe for Braised Chicken with Mushroom and Chestnut




    Ingredients
  • 500 gm free-range chicken, skin removed, cut into bite size
  • 6 dried Shitake mushrooms, soaked, stemmed and cut
  • 60 gm dried Chestnuts, soaked for about 5 hours or more till puffed up and remove the skin from the crevices of the nut.  (Best to do this a day before)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1  Tbsp dark soya sauce
  • 1  Tbsp light soya sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • Seasalt and  some Rock Sugar to taste
  • 1.1/2  tsp cornflour + 3 tsp water to thicken
  • Shaoxing cooking wine 
Method
  1. Marinate the chicken with some seasalt, let rest.
  2. In a wok, saute the crushed garlic with some oil till fragrant, add in the chestnuts, stir-fry followed by the mushrooms.  Add in the sauces, some rock sugar, water and bring to the boil.  Then lower heat, cover and simmer.
  3. Once the chestnuts are slightly soft, add in the marinated chicken pieces and let cook till meat as well as the chestnuts are tender.  (You may need to add more water if necessary).
  4. Thicken the sauce with the cornflour mixture, fine tune to desired taste.
  5. Drizzle on some Shaoxing wine, turn off heat.
  6. Ladle onto serving plate and serve with hot rice.
     


This post is linked to the event,  Little Thumbs Up organised by  Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids) and Mui Mui (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Joyce of  Kitchen Flavours   for this theme.
                                       

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    1. Yes it is, if you like mushrooms and chestnuts.

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  2. Hi Cheah,
    Delicious looking dish! Chestnuts is one of my very favourites! This is one comforting dish, must cook more rice!
    Thank you for linking and have a great weekend!

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  3. The braised chicken looks so flavoursome, hearty and very tasty. Thanks, Cheah, for sharing.

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  4. May I have extra rice, please. :)

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  5. Cheah, My family loves this dish very much especially the mushroom. Is time for me to cook this again.

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    1. Yes, and link up. Will like to see your dish too!

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  6. Stumbled upon your space from one of the foodies. Wow, love all the great recipes and sharing. Nice to read your food reviews, also the recipes. Interesting mushroom recipe and the flavors are explosion with a plate of rice.

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  7. Hmmm... I especially love those chestnuts. I finish the whole lot of them. Slurpppp....
    Kristy

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  8. Hi Cheah, out of touch with you for some time already. Very flavourful dish, I love the sweetness of chestnuts in a savoury dish.

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  9. I love this dish a lot, reminds me of dumplings whenever I see chestnuts:D looks so delicious!

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