Monday, May 7, 2012

Hainanese Chicken

After a huge day at work, mentally more than physically, I really wanted to cook something with minimal effort but wanted something with maximum flavours.

This easy version of a Singapore specialty, similar to a soup, was magnificent. Tender poached chicken served with vegetables and rice in a fragrant broth was really what I wanted tonight.

Hainanese Chicken
(recipe sourced from WW Cook It Quick)

Serves: 4
ProPoints per serve: 8

2 cups chicken stock
1 whole star anise
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon shaoxing wine
1 cup boiling water
600 grams lean chicken breast fillets, fat trimmed
1 tablespoon peanut oil
3 green shallots, thinly sliced
1 cup bean sprouts
2 long fresh red chillies, deseeded, thinly sliced
3 baby bok choy, trimmed and separated
2 cups steamed rice

Combine stock, star anise, cinnamon, soy sauce, wine and 1 cup boiling water in a large saucepan.  Bring to the boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add chicken and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.  Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.  Remove chicken and thinly slice. Reserve stock.

Meanwhile, heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat.  Add half the oil and heat for 30 seconds.  Add shallots, bean sprouts and chilli.  Stir fry for 1 minute.  Transfer to a bowl.  Reheat wok over high heat.  Add remaining oil and heat for 30 seconds.  Add bok choy and stir fry for 2 minutes or until stems are tender and leaves have just wilted.

Divide rice among serving dishes.  Top with bok choy, chicken and bean sprout mixture.  Ladle over some stock.  Serve.

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