Chinese Chicken and Chestnut Stew

    1 hour 20 min

    A traditional Chinese chicken stew recipe. Chicken is simmered with straw mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms and chestnuts in a delicious sauce. Serve with freshly cooked rice.


    Quebec, Canada
    10 people made this

    Serves: 4 - 6

    • Chicken Marinade
    • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce or 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
    • 1-2 tablespoons cornflour, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
    • 450g chicken, cut into chunks
    • 8 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked, stems removed
    • Mushroom Marinade
    • 1 dessertspoon caster sugar
    • 1 dessertspoon soy sauce
    • 1 dessertspoon sesame oil
    • Sauce
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons black soy sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    • 2 tablespoons shaoxing wine
    • 1 tablespoon oil
    • 1 tablespoon oil
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
    • 20 fresh chestnuts, shelled
    • 1 (400g) tin straw mushrooms
    • 2 spring onions, cut into 2.5cm pieces
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
    • 2 slices fresh ginger
    • hot water, as needed

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Extra time:15min marinating  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Make the chicken marinade by mixing together the sugar, salt, soy sauce and cornflour slurry. Mix in the chicken, let marinate for 15 minutes.
    2. Make the mushroom marinade by mixing together the sugar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix in the shiitake mushrooms and let marinate for 15 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, make the sauce by mixing together soy sauce, black soy sauce, sugar and shaoxing wine. Set aside.
    4. Heat a large frying pan with 1 tablespoon oil over high heat. Stir-fry the chicken until done, 4-5 minutes. Set aside.
    5. Heat the same frying pan with 1 tablespoon oil over high heat. Stir-fry the garlic, spring onions, ginger and shallots until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the chicken and sauce, mix well.
    6. Add just enough hot water to cover 2/3 of the ingredients and heat through, 2-3 minutes. Stir in the chestnuts and turn down the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Adjust the seasoning accordingly and serve.


    Straw mushrooms, dried shiitake mushrooms, black soy sauce and shaoxing wine can be purchased in Chinese/Oriental speciality stores.

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