When I am lazy but still want to cook something quick and healthy, I often rely on steamed dishes. Today, I am going to share this steamed chicken with red dates recipe, a super easy dish, super fast to prepare, and pretty healthy to boot. If you want to be extra healthy, opt for free range chicken, or ayam kampung in Indonesian, which literally means village chicken. Ayam kampung tends to be smaller in size and the meat is much leaner compared to normal (farmed) chicken. But normal chicken will work just fine.
Steamed dish tends to be free of oil, so I like to use chicken thigh part to make the dish juicier, though it will work just as well with breast meat. Alternatively, is you are using one free range chicken (ayam kampung), get your butcher to chop it into 18-20 pieces and you can use the whole chicken in this recipe.
As for the alcohol, I usually use Shaoxing since it is the one thing I always have in my pantry, but you can also use Chinese yellow rice wine (黄酒 huang jiu) if that is what you have. Since this is a very basic recipe, you can always add more ingredients if you feel like it, such as shiitake mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms, goji berry, and ginger.
- 800 gram chicken thigh meat, cut into bite size pieces
- 50 gram red dates
- 1½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon corn starch
- 2 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 3 tablespoon Shaoxing wine, or Chinese yellow rice wine
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)
- Prepare a steamer.
- Mix together all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Transfer to a heat (steamer) proof dish, I use an 8" square Pyrex baking dish.
- Steam over medium heat for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
- Remove from the steamer, garnish with thinly sliced scallions (if using), and serve immediately with steamed white rice.