Monday, January 26, 2009

Sticky ginger chicken stir-fry with cucumber and ginger salad

Ingredients (serves 4)
* 500g chicken thigh fillets, fat trimmed
* 20ml (1 tbs) light soy sauce
* 50ml (2 1/2 tbs) dark soy sauce
* 60ml (1/4 cup) Shaohsing rice wine*
* 2 tsp sesame oil
* 1 tbs cornflour
* 20ml (1 tbs) sunflower oil
* 2 tbs finely sliced ginger
* 2 tbs finely sliced garlic
* 2 tbs sugar
* 1/2 tsp Sichuan pepper*
* 150ml chicken stock
* Steamed jasmine rice, to serve
Cucumber & ginger salad
* 1 telegraph cucumber, peeled,
* thinly sliced
* 2 tbs pickled ginger*
* 40ml (2 tbs) seasoned rice wine*
* 1 tsp black sesame seeds*

1. To make the cucumber and ginger salad, place the cucumber, ginger and seasoned rice wine in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces and place in a glass bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the light soy, 1/2 tablespoon of the dark soy, 1 tablespoon of Shaohsing rice wine, half the sesame oil and half the cornflour in a bowl. Pour over chicken and set aside to marinate for 1 hour.
3. Preheat the oven to 240°C.
4. Drain the chicken, reserving the marinade, and place the chicken on a baking tray. Drizzle with the sunflower oil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden.
5. Heat a wok over high heat. Add the remaining sesame oil and the ginger, stir-fry for 1 minute until crisp. Add the garlic, remaining dark soy, the sugar and Sichuan pepper, then pour in the stock. Reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
6. Stir the remaining cornflour into the reserved marinade, then add to the wok with the chicken and remaining wine. Cook for 1 minute until chicken is heated through. Garnish the salad with the sesame seeds. Serve chicken on steamed jasmine rice with the salad.

delicious. - Page 148
Recipe by Valli Little


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