Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Steamed chicken - one chicken, two easy recipes


How to be wordless if I have one same idea but several dishes derived from it ? Seems there are many things to write about this. But just LOOK, and you will know why it is easy and does not take many words to tell you about it.

Foil-steaming is what I turn to when I am really lazy, especially when it comes to poultry. But I thought foil-steaming follows similar concept as roasting/baking in an oven ? No heating a pan of oil, no sauteing different ingredients at different stages, no standing near the stove to "eyeball" the cooking, no washing of greasy pan - sounds almost like idiot cooking. You only need to assemble, seal and cook (steam) - sounds even more like idiot cooking. Other than steamed meat cake, I do it many ways with chicken too.

Steamed Chicken with Mushrooms, Ginger and Green Onions
Ingredients: 6-8 chicken wings (note:chose smaller pieces of chicken so that it takes shorter time to cook), 1tbsp soy sauce, 1tsp brown sugar, 2tsp oyster sauce, 1tbsp rice wine, 1tsp sesame oil, some pepper, mushrooms, strips of ginger and green onion

Steamed Chicken with Carrots and Onions
Ingredients: 8 drumlets (note:chose smaller pieces of chicken so that it takes shorter time to cook), 1tbsp soy sauce, 1tsp brown sugar, 2tsp oyster sauce, 1tbsp rice wine, 1tsp sesame oil, some pepper, 1tbsp coke(optional), carrots and onions (note: they will sweeten the entire dish when cooked)

See how the carrots and onions turn sweet and soft after steaming

For these two dishes, basically what you need to do is assemble then steam for about 15-20 mins (depending on size and amount of chicken used)

Don't even need to wash a plate or greasy wok/pan for your cooking.

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