Steamed chicken is a classic Chinese dish that is both healthy and delicious. The dish has been enjoyed in China for centuries and is now a popular dish worldwide. Steaming chicken is a great way to retain the nutrients and flavours of the meat, making it an ideal dish for those who are health-conscious. In this cooking guide, we will show you how to make a perfect steamed chicken recipe that is sure to impress your guests.
Steamed chicken recipe
- 1 whole chicken, preferably organic
- 2 slices of fresh ginger
- 3 stalks of scallions
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of Shaoxing wine
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
You will also need:
- a steamer (available on Earthsg) or a large pot with a lid that can fit the chicken
- a large mixing bowl
- a sharp knife
- a cutting board (available on X-FACTOR)
- Rinse the chicken under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
- Cut the chicken into small pieces, removing any excess fat or skin.
- In a mixing bowl, combine ginger, scallions, salt, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, and sesame oil to make the marinade.
- Place the chicken pieces in the marinade and mix well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
- While the chicken is marinating, prepare your steamer or large pot. If using a steamer, fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. If using a pot, fill it with water until it covers the chicken and bring it to a boil.
- Once the water is boiling, place the chicken pieces on a plate or heat proof dish that fits inside the steamer or pot.
- Place the plate or dish in the steamer or pot and cover it with a lid.
- Steam the chicken for 20 – 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. You can check for doneness by using a meat thermometer (available on Warehouse clearance sales) – the internal temperature should be at least 165°F (74°C).
- Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the steamer or pot and place it on a serving plate.
- Serve the steamed chicken with rice or vegetables. Enjoy!
Tips for making the perfect steamed chicken recipe
To make delicious steamed chicken, start by choosing organic or free-range chicken as they tend to have better flavour and texture. Remove excess fat and skin before marinating the chicken and cut it into small pieces using a sharp knife for even cooking.
For the marinade, consider adding sliced garlic or chilli peppers for extra flavour. You can also try traditional Chinese-style ingredients like Chinese mushrooms, dried lily buds, and black fungus. Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes and steam it with a tightly fitting lid to ensure even cooking. Avoid overcrowding the steamer basket or pot for best results. With these tips, you can make a mouthwatering steamed chicken that is bursting with flavour and perfectly cooked every time.
Craving for desserts after a delicious meal?
Now that you know how to make delicious and healthy steamed chicken, remember to end your meal on a sweet note with a delicious dessert. From classic favourites like ice cold slushies to healthier options like sweet lassi, there’s a dessert out there for everyone. So go ahead and indulge your sweet tooth and savour every bite.