I seem to be on an eternal search for the perfect way to organise my recipes. I used to have hand written books - one for sweet, one for savoury and I filled the back with sticky notes of lists of recipes I wanted to cook from magazines. These days I don't have time for handwriting and so many of my favourite recipes come from blogs and websites. I also end up with so many cuttings. These days so many of my recipes are on my blog, or someone elses, so I cook dinner with the laptop up on the kitchen bench (oh for an ipad!). I have folders of recipes which end up over full so now I am starting a folder of favourite recipes - those we cook over and over, the recipe below will be in this folder!
I cut this recipe out from Good Weekend in the Sydney Morning Herald a couple of years ago but only just started making it, I rediscovered it in one of my sort outs! This yummy and easy chicken is perfect asian comfort food and is loved by everyone in this house. Serve with stir fried greens or a cucumber salad.
Clay Pot Chicken Rice
The flovour from th chinese sausage and dried mushrooms really make this dish, both are available in the asian aisle of my local Woolworths.
4 dried shiitake mushrooms
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp Chinese rice wine
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp cornflour
1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
2 spring onions, finely sliced
300g chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite sized pieces
2 Chinese sausages (lup cheong), finely sliced diagonally
2 tbsp vegetable oil
100 ml light chicken stock
1 red finger chili, sliced diagonally (optional)
300 g jasmine rice, well-rinsed and drained
550ml light chicken stock
Soak the shiitake mushrooms in hot water for about 30 minutes. Drain, cut the stems off and slice the tops.
Mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, Chinese rice wine, sugar, cornflour, ginger, onion and half the spring onions, I do this in a large freezer bag sitting in a bowl. Add the chicken, sausage and mushrooms to the marinade, tightly twist the bag closed to squeeze the marinade arounda ll teh chicken and refrigerate for an hour.
Place the rice in a heavy lidded pot with 550ml stock. Bring to the boil, stirring, then put the lid on and cook over the lowest possible heat fo 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok or frypan and cook the chicken mixture and its marinade for about 3 - 4 minutes until almost cooked. Add the remaining 100 ml stock and bring to the boil, stirring.
Spoon the chicken mixture on top of the rice, cover tightly and cook for a further 10 minutes.
Serve scattered with remaining spring onions.