One-pot crystal chicken

One-pot crystal chicken

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins plus 1 hr cooling

Easy

Serves 6

We have given the traditional method for poaching the chicken, but you can cook it in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes with outstanding results

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal329
  • fat22g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein31g
  • salt0.6g
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Ingredients

  • 1 chicken, about 1½ kg (the best quality you can get)
    Chicken

    Chicken

    chik-en

    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • bunch spring onions, green and white parts separated (keep the whites for ginger & chilli oil, see goes well with)
  • 2 thumb-sized pieces ginger, sliced
    Ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • small pack coriander, leaves and stalks separated
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
  • 1 star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • 500ml chicken stock, or a chicken stock cube
  • 200ml Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • cooked rice and Sichuan pepper, to serve
    Rice

    Rice

    r-eye-s

    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

Method

  1. Put the chicken in a saucepan or stock pot large enough to fit it comfortably. Add the green spring onion parts, ginger, coriander stalks, garlic and star anise. Pour over the stock (or crumble in the stock cube), rice wine and 3 tbsp of the soy sauce, then top up with water to just cover.

  2. Bring everything to the boil and skim once. Turn down to a gentle simmer and poach for 20 mins, then turn off the heat and leave the chicken to cool in the broth for at least 1 hr. This can be done a day ahead but musn’t be chilled, otherwise the chicken will be too cold. Remove the chicken from the broth and leave to cool completely, then strain the broth, ready to pour some over the rice later.

  3. To serve, carve the chicken as if you were jointing it. Arrange on a platter, drizzle over the remaining soy and scatter over the coriander leaves and Sichuan pepper. Serve with rice, ginger and chilli oil, and some of the heated broth to moisten the rice. Any leftover broth can be frozen.

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