Thursday, September 6, 2012

[Tony's Creation]Stewed Chicken with 3 different sesaonings

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[Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 35 minutes | Serve: 4 | Calories: 485 per serving ]
.: Ingredients :.
1- Quarter chicken leg, cut into large pieces, 650g
2- 1 bell pepper (any color), core removed, cut into pieces
3- Chinese cooking rice wine, 2/3 cup

4- Light soy sauce, 2 tbsp
5- Dark soy sauce, 2 tbsp

6- Sesame oil, 3 tbsp
7- Peeled garlic, 8 cloves
8- 3 Ginger slices
9- 3-4 Shallots, peeled, cut into pieces
10- Thai Basil leaves, around 10 pieces
11- Rock Sugar, 20g
12- 2 green onion, stemmed off, sectioned

.: Seasoning :.
1- Salt, 2/3 tsp
2- White pepper, 1/2 tsp
3- Corn starch, 1 tbsp
.: Directions :.  
Step 1:
Rinse the chicken well.  Dry it and marinade it with the seasoning for 15 minutes.  Heat the pan with 1/2 tbsp of oil over medium high heat.  Stir-fry the bell pepper for 2 minutes.  Put it aside.  Clean the pan and dry it well.  Heat it again with 2 tbsp of sesame oil over medium heat.  Add in the ginger, garlic and shallot.  Pan-fry them until they are lightly brown (about 3-4 minutes).

Step 2:

Add in the chicken (skin side faces down) and green onion.  Turn the heat to medium high.  Pan-fry the chicken until it is brown (about 3-4 minutes).  Turn the chicken to other side and pan-fry it until it is brown (about 3-4 minutes).

Step 3:
Add in rice wine (preserve 2 tbsp for later), dark, light soy sauce, and rock sugar.  Cover and simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.

Step 4:

Open the lid and turn the heat to high.  Let the sauce evaporate until it is thickened (or left about 1/2 cup of sauce.  Add the corn starch mixture to thicken the sauce if necessary).  Add in the basil, bell pepper, and the 2 tbsp of cooking wine (preserved in previous step).  Mix it well.  Turn off the heat.  Cover and simmer for 1 minute.  Dish it up and serve it hot.

.: Cook's notes :.
1- Rock sugar can thicken the sauce.  Otherwise, thicken the sauce by adding some corn starch mixture.
2- It is recommended to add the basil only the heat is turned off
3- Add some drop of cooking wine and sesame oil before dishing it up can enhance its flavor.

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