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Thursday 4 August 2011

Braised Chicken With Chestnuts & Mushrooms

I always had a hard time thinking hard what to cook for dinner.  When we cooked, we have to change the method way of cooking, adding different flavours, so the dish would taste or look more appetizing.  I always go for simple way of cooking and I believe simple would means healthy too.

When I saw this dish using chestnuts, I immediately would like to try to cook this as the ingredients are easy and simple. 

Braised Chicken With Chestnuts & Mushrooms

½ chicken, cut into pieces
10 dried chestnuts, soaked overnight & removed skin
1 tbsp oil
3 pips garlic, peeled and chopped
10 shallots, peeled and chopped
8 slices ginger
8 dried mushrooms, soaked
1 carrot, peeled and cut into chunks
2 stalks spring onions, cut into short lengths

1 tbsp oyster sauce
½ tbsp light soya sauce
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
300ml water
1 tbsp shaoxing wine

1.  Heat up oil, sauté garlic, shallot and ginger until aromatic.  
      Add mushrooms, chestnuts and all the seasonings ingredients and bring to
      boil.  Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

2.  Add carrot, chickens pieces and simmer for another 20 minutes or until the
      meat is cooked. 

3.  Lastly, stir in spring onions.  Dish up and serve hot with steamed rice.