Sunday, May 8, 2011

Chicken Braised With Chinese Mushrooms 冬菰燜雞

I was not a big fan of mushrooms as a child but would request for this dish all the time. The chicken becomes extremely tender and silky after the slow braising, though for me the best thing about this dish is the delicious sticky brown sauce. This appears on our dining table quite frequently since tummy is also a big fan.  If you want something simple yet comforting for dinner next time, why not give this a try?
P.S I would love to wish all mothers out there a very happy mother's day!

serves 4 as part of a Chinese meal
you'll need;
6 chicken thighs, chopped
10 dried Chinese mushrooms, soaked in hot water* for 20 minutes then sliced 
5 cm knob of ginger, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tbs of sesame oil
1 tbs of cooking oil
3 tbs of oyster sauce
2 tbs of light soy
2 tbs of dark caramel sauce
1 tbs of sugar
dash of Chinese cooking wine
dash of white pepper
1 cup of stock
*mushroom soaking water
3 spring onions, cut into 5 cm lengths

Prepare the ginger and garlic.

Chop each thigh into 4 pieces. 

Saute ginger and garlic with both types of oil for a minute then add in the chicken. Coat chicken pieces well with the fragrant oil and aromatics.

Add seasonings and stir well, continue to cook for 2 minutes.

Add stock, mushrooms and the soaking water. Mix well, cover and simmer on very low heat for 40 to 45 minutes.

Mix in the spring onions just before serving.

A delicious and gimmick free meal that I am comfortable to serve when there are friends over for dinner. 


  1. Hi tummy!!! happy weekend!! i like simple2 yg mcm ni n kids mesti suke ;-), btw, chinese mushroom ni actually yg mana satu ya? i google dia ada kuar 2 jenis, dry shiitake dgn satu jenis yg curly2 tuu.. black fungus? confuse :D

  2. mmm, this is truly a delicious chicken dish..must put in lots of mushrooms!

  3. hi my dear Tummy...nampak seperti bahan-bahan untuk yee mee hot plate.Yum Yum

  4. Something I grew up with too, love it!

  5. What I need is just a bowl of white rice....yummy!!!

  6. that looks so gooodd!!! i love anything saucy and anything that is saucy goes with a good bowl of hot rice!

  7. looks so yummy i wanna try! can i know where to get dark caramel sauce? thks :)

  8. That is beautiful. What a fabulous sauce.

  9. Hi.My question is the same as Alice too!Anyway what's the chinese name for dark caramel sauce?thanks :D

  10. Looks delicious, yummy and mouth watering. Wonderful presentation.

  11. You read my mind! I was thinking about this dish for the past few days but I couldn't remember what it was called. My mum always put black fungus and those straw mushrooms (from the can) in it - wonder if it is the same dish, sounds pretty close. Looks delicious :)

  12. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    I love mushrooms. Now I have all the reasons to be busy this weekend and I am definitely sharing this to my cousin who is having a party this week.

    Thanks again for sharing!

  13. Thanks for sharing this recipe... It was SO good yummm! Ate with plain boiled quinoa and it was a perfect match. Slurp!


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