Hong Kong-Style Chicken
This great dinner recipe is courtesy of Michael Schulson.
The Martha Stewart Show, July Summer 2007
- 4 tablespoons ginger, peeled and minced
- 1 bunch scallions, white parts only, smashed
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons coarse salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/4 cups grapeseed oil
- 1/2 cup Shao Xing (Chinese wine), dry sherry, or white wine
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch
- 4 boneless chicken breast halves
- 1/4 cup finger chiles, Thai bird's eye chiles, or 1 red bell pepper, sliced on the bias
- 1/2 cup button mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup bamboo shoots, canned and sliced, washed well
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 15 pieces Thai or regular basil, washed well
- In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons ginger, scallions, garlic, salt, sugar, 1 cup grapeseed oil, 1/4 cup Shao Xing, and 3 tablespoons cornstarch.
- Place chicken in a shallow dish and pour over mixture. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Transfer chicken to a baking sheet and roast 8 minutes; set aside.
- Heat a wok over high heat; add 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil. Add remaining 2 tablespoons ginger and chiles; cook until golden brown, 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and cook until tender, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and bamboo shoots, stirring constantly, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add remaining 1/4 cup Shao Xing and let reduce until thickened, about 1 minute. Add chicken stock and soy sauce; bring to a boil. In a small bowl whisk together remaining tablespoon cornstarch with 1 teaspoon water, add to wok and stir until mixture has thickened. Season with basil and remove from heat.
- Slice chicken and divide evenly between 4 plates. Pour over sauce; serve immediately.
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