About this recipe:This chicken dish will create the most tender chicken. The trick is allowing the chicken to slowly cook in the cooling water. Feel free to serve it with garlic and chilli sauce.
1 (1.8kg) whole chicken
3 cloves garlic
2 (2.5cm) pieces fresh root ginger, peeled
2 spring onions
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (2.5cm) piece fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
25g coriander, chopped
1 litre chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon salt
550g long grain rice, rinsed and drained
2 coriander sprigs
1 bunch sliced spring onion
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:40min › Ready in:1hr
Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Crush 3 cloves of garlic and 2 pieces of ginger and place them into the cavity of the chicken. Tie the spring onions into a knot and place them into the chicken along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Carefully submerge the chicken breast side down into the water.
Bring to the boil, then cover and remove from heat. Let stand covered for 40 minutes, turning the chicken over half way through.
While the chicken is cooking, heat the vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Fry the shallots, ginger and garlic in the oil until fragrant. Add coriander and rice and cook, stirring until toasted. Pour in chicken stock and season with salt. Bring to the boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until rice is tender and 'steam holes' appear in the surface of the rice, about 20 minutes.
When the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the saucepan and place under cold running water to tighten the skin. Rub the outside with sesame oil and chop into pieces. Place pieces on a serving plate; garnish with coriander, spring onion, cucumber and tomato. Serve with rice.
The easiest way of peeling ginger is by using a spoon. Turn a small spoon upside down and gently scrape the surface of the ginger to remove the skin.