Straightforward Healthy Dinner Recipes: The Hainanese chicken rice experiment

Having a grandmother and a mom who are both Home Economics teachers, it doesn’t come as a surprise that my sister and I adore to experiment with recipes. We’re a team when it comes to recreating our personal version of any dish that catches our fancy. I prepare, she cooks. It really is both fun and time-consuming but we enjoy it a lot.

Over the weekend, we decided to attempt our own version of the popular Hainanese chicken rice. I had been craving for it after I read about it on some blogs and an unfortunate dining experience at a meals chain did small to satisfy my palate. So off I went to the grocery to shop for ingredients. Hainanese chicken rice is a dish of Chinese origin most commonly connected with Hainanese Cuisine, Malaysian Cuisine and Singapore Cuisine. It is primarily based on the nicely-recognized Hainanese dish referred to as Wenchang chicken. Don’t be surprised even though, if you discover the chicken rice served in Hainan, China is different from what you can discover in Southeast Asia. More than the years, adaption has been made by the Chinese Hainanese clan who migrated to Southeast Asia which resulted today’s Hainanese chicken rice in Singapore and Malaysia. In truth, the Hainanese chicken rice is considered one of Singapore’s national dishes and is usually served at international expositions and international events abroad, and in Singaporean-run restaurants overseas.

I gravitated towards this recipe since it really is so easy to prepare. No require to marinate stuff and all because the flavor comes straight from the broth and the dipping sauce. Forget your ideal marinade for chicken. This is the actual deal.

To start with, right here are the ingredients you will require:

1 complete dressed chicken
Lemon grass
Spring onion
four pcs. chicken bouillon cubes
soy sauce

We decided to develop our own broth to boil the chicken in. Just mix the onion, garlic, lemongrass, spring onion, ginger and bouillon cubes in two liters of water. Bring to a boil. Right after which, add the chicken (breast down) and let it boil once again for 25 minutes. Turn the chicken upside down when the time is up and add yet another 20 minutes of boiling time. When it really is accomplished, we placed the chicken in a bowl of iced water to tighten up the skin. Iced bath it is!

After ten minutes or so, it was time for the chopping. My sister realized she sucked at it as she carefully hacked the chicken’s appendages. But practice tends to make best, proper? They say the trick is to start with the appendages. Carefully cut the drumsticks, thighs and wings. Cut at the joint so that every little thing appears good. Chop the drumsticks and thighs by way of the bones into two to three portions and spot them on the sides of your serving platter.

Subsequent, chop the carcass to separate the back from the breast. Finally, chop the breast. Horizontally. By way of the bones. As neatly as you can handle. Arrange on leading of the chopped chicken back.

As for the rice, we decided to cook it the usual way but using the broth for the chicken alternatively of water. The sauce was another point we decided to improvise on. We merely mixed grated ginger, calamansi juice and soy sauce. No wonder this is a preferred from our straightforward healthful dinner recipes collection. To balance it off, we ready some mixed greens topped with mom’s property-created raspberry vinaigrette dressing recipe.

Needless to say, we have been in a food coma right after dinner. Too undesirable for my brother considering that he does not eat chicken so he wasn’t capable to appreciate the dish we prepared. Dad’s excluded because poultry dishes are off-limits to him due to the fact of his arthritis. The ideal portion? Mom in fact gave us her seal of approval for our effort. 1 little step to ultimately creating use of the culinary genes she passed on to us! Now what to prepare subsequent meal, huh?