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Chinese Clay Pot Chicken with Lemongrass

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This classic Chinese clay pot dish draws heavily upon the cooking influences of the southern part of China. In this Grokker Premium video, Chef Alex Ong of San Francisco's world famous Betelnut Restaurant shares his recipe and technique for this classic. Chestnuts, lemongrass, green garlic, brown sugar, and jalapeños are employed to create a modern twist to this timeless favorite. The sweet and spicy flavors are counterbalanced by the acidity of rice wine, to merge into a palate pleasing and tender chicken course, perfect for a homey family meal.

Cooking Recipe

Servings: 1

Ingredients:
2 chicken thighs
2 tbsp green garlic, minced
2 Jalapeños, cut 1/4 long strip, (You can take out the seeds if you don't like it to be too spicy)
1/4 cup sliced shallots
2 pcs lemongrass, cut 1€ long & bruised
2 oz ginger, julienne
1 cup chestnut, peeled OR pumpkin, ½€ cube
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp chopped onion
1/4 cup Xaoshing rice wine
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp coconut milk
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 cup scallions
1 tbsp chicken stock
Few sprigs cilantro

Directions:
1. Start by cutting up your vegetables. Green garlic, Jalapeños (you can take the seeds out if it's too spicy for you), shallots, lemongrass, ginger, and chestnut.

2. Add the oil into the hot clay pot. Sear off the chicken thigh meat.

3. Add in the vegetables and add in 1 tablespoon of more chopped garlic, 2 tablespoon of chopped onion, 1/4 cup of Xaoshing rice wine, 2 tablespoon of Fish sauce, 1 cup of chestnut, and peeled OR pumpkin into 1/2 cubes.

4. Put the lid on the clay pot and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.

5. After 15 minutes, add in 2 tablespoon of coconut milk, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, and mix it together while letting it cook slowly.

6. Finish with 1/4 cup of scallions minced and 1 tablespoon of chicken stock.

7. Take a few sprigs of cilantro and place the lid on top again and serve!

Chinese Clay Pot Chicken
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