Sunday, October 10, 2010

Steamed Free Range Chicken


I like chicken cooked in this way. It's very simple to cook and the best part is the meat remains juicy and tender through out the steaming process. 

I don't usually cook a whole chicken, but this time, I did it. I got myself to learn something new today. Chopping up the chicken into pieces using clever knife is something that I haven't master and I have no confidence to do it at the moment.  Hence, I look for the alternate way which is to carve a chicken using a knife and a fork. I want to learn how to carve a chicken. I found this video, and I follow the steps.  I did it eventually! Just a few gentle cuts to the chicken and it's quatered nicely. Besides, I save the chicken carcass  for soup boiling next.

I'm glad to learn up a new skill today. A little accompliment can make me happy. That's the reason I like cooking.

Steamed  Free Range Chicken

Ingredients:
1 whole free range chicken

Seasoning:
1 tbsp of sesame oil
1/2 tsp of salt

Steps:
1. Clean the chicken. Leave the skin on.
2. Rub the chicken with salt, follow by sesame oil. Put it on a heat-proof plate
3. Steam the chicken for 20 minutes.
4. Chop or carve the chicken into pieces.

21 comments:

Cooking Gallery said...

Great recipe! I love simple steamed chicken with chili sauce!

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE said...

Good for you : expanding your interest in cooking :-D

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

I used to hate this type of chicken when I was a kid.
But now it's my favourite :)
I like the way you broke the leg off the chicken body, looks very rustic this way :)

Anncoo said...

I love chicken and this is definitely a good recipe to follow ;D
Very nice click as usual ;))

aaron said...

well i never thought of steaming a chicken, it sounds like a really healthy option though!

Little Inbox said...

Cooing Gallery, oh yes, the chili sauce add some oumph to the steamed chicken.

MRC, hehe I feel so happy each time I cook up a new dish and learn a new skill. :)

wendy, me too. Hoho...I need more practice. :)

Anncoo, thank you! I want to learn from you how to make Chawanmushi. It's in my "to-do" list.

aaron, steamed chicken is very famous here in Asian. :) Simple but taste yummy in different kind of sauces.

Elin said...

I am happy when I learn something nice..be it a new recipe or tips on how to crave a chicken. Thanks for sharing the link on how to crave a chicken. Your steamed chicken looks juicy and tender. Well done and great clicks :)

MaryMoh said...

That's such a beautiful piece of steamed chicken...just what I like, especially with the chili sauce...mmmm....delicious.

noobcook said...

I love steamed chicken like this. Your chilli sauce looks good to dip with the chicken. It's so hard to find free range chicken in SG, the so-called "kampong chicken" are said to be raised in cages too so they aren't really free range :(

Little Inbox said...

Elin, we are from the same "species", hehe...

Mary, I must have the chicken with this special type of chili sauce. A must, hehe...

noobcook, I see. The "kampung chicken" here are quite muscular, I can feel it through the bites, hehe...Means they exercise a lot?

tigerfish said...

Just sesame oil and salt? My kind of cooking. Also, just the kind of cooking to simply taste free range chicken, ya?

MeRy said...

SHould try out your recipe one day..

choi yen said...

love to have steam chicken with chopped chili+soy sauce+dark soy sauce as dipping, yummy~~~

Little Inbox said...

Tigerfish, yes, just sesame oil and salt. Also, not to forget to serve it with good chili sauce. :)

MeRy, feel free to give it a try!

choi yen, oh, I will figure out how the chili sauce taste like. :P

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Hey, I like 白切雞!!! But, I steam mine with scallions, seasoned with just salt and sugar. Then, make some special seasoned soy sauce that has a sweet note to go with the chicken. I used the "soup" from steaming the chicken to steam my rice. Yummy! Yours looks just as good!!! But, I've not mastered the skills needed to 斬雞 ... So, I always get bits of bones all over as we savor the chicken. Thank you for sharing! Will go into detail when I'm free. =)

But I don't quite have a recipe for mine. Dunno if I should blog about it. LOL!

Little Inbox said...

Pei-Lin, I save the chicken carcass for soup boiling and the chicken essence for cooking chicken rice. Hehe...nothing is wasted.

libellule said...

perhaps i'm a bit daft, but how do you steam a chicken? my steamer insert isn't big enough...

Little Inbox said...

libellule, I use wok to steam my chicken. If your steamer is not big enough, then you can cut the chicken into half or even quarter it.

Jason said...

Absolutely GROSS!

Sophia said...

Yum, I love a good chicken dinner recipe. I just made a chicken casserole the other day. It's called Artichoke Olive Chicken Bake. I loved it! I'm going to put your recipe on my "To-Make" list, too!

Little Inbox said...

Sophia, I can see it was a satisfying meal for your family. :)

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