Stewed chicken with chestnut and shiitake

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This dish has such a great balance of sweet and salty flavors. It’s fast enough for a weeknight and fancy enough for a dinner with guests.

 

Difficulty: Medium

Time: 40 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 894 / Protein 65g / Carbohydr. 33g / Fat 56g

Ingredients (4 servings)

1free-range chicken
200 gchestnuts (pre-cooked and peeled)
50 gshiitake mushrooms (dried)
100 mlwater (boiling)
15 gginger
1green onion
2carrots
4 tbspvegetable oil
1 tbspsugar
3 piecesstar anise
15 grock candy
50 mlwhite wine
2 tbspsoy sauce (light)
2 tbspsoy sauce (dark)

Utensils

large saucepan, cooking spoon, cutting board, knife, small bowl

Wine Tip

Amontillado sherry
A semi-dry sherry is a wonderful pairing. The fortified wine’s almost salty edge works well with the soy sauce, while its sweetness brings out the flavor of the chestnuts.

Step 1

Stewed chicken with chestnut and shiitake

Place shiitake mushrooms in a small bowl, cover with boiling water and let soak for approx. 20 min. In the meantime, cut up the chicken, halving the breasts so that they are approximately the same size as the other pieces. Set aside. Thinly slice ginger. Cut green onions and carrots into bite-sized pieces. Drain mushrooms – reserving the soaking liquid – remove stems, and cut large caps in half.

cutting board, knife, small bowl

50 g shiitake mushrooms / 100 ml water / 1 free-range chicken / 15 g ginger / 1 green onion / 2 carrots

Step 2

Stewed chicken with chestnut and shiitake

Add vegetable oil and sugar to a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until a dark caramel forms. Add chicken pieces and sauté for approx. 1 – 2 min. until browned.

large saucepan, cooking spoon

4 tbsp vegetable oil / 1 tbsp sugar

Step 3

Stewed chicken with chestnut and shiitake

Add green onions, ginger, star anise, and rock candy to saucepan.

3 pieces star anise / 15 g rock candy

Step 4

Stewed chicken with chestnut and shiitake

Add white wine as well as light and dark soy sauces to saucepan. Stir to coat chicken and vegetables, cover with a lid, and let cook for approx. 1 – 2 min.

50 ml white wine / 2 tbsp soy sauce (light) / 2 tbsp soy sauce (dark)

Step 5

Stewed chicken with chestnut and shiitake

Add shiitake mushrooms, carrots, chestnuts, and reserved mushroom soaking liquid. Once the mixture has come to a boil, turn down to a low heat and cover with a lid. Let simmer for approx. 25 – 30 min., stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked and carrots are tender. Serve over rice. Enjoy!

200 g chestnuts