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One-pot crystal chicken

4 people
What you'll need
  • 1.5kg chicken
  • Handful spring onions
  • 2 small pieces of ginger, slices
  • Handful coriander, leaves and stalks separated
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 star anise
  • 450ml chicken stock
  • 225ml chinese rice wine (dry sherry will also do!)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • Rice, to serve
Method

Top-tip: Scatter over some Sichuan pepper at the end for a even more authentic experience.

Step 1

Place the chicken in a large saucepan so it can sit comfortably.

Step 2

Add the green parts of the spring onion, the garlic, ginger, star anise and coriander stalks.

Step 3

Pour over the chicken stock, rice wine (or sherry) and 2 tbsp of soy sauce. If it isn’t covered, top up with water.

Step 4

Bring this to the boil and skim the mixture. Turn it down to a gentle simmer for around 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the chicken to sit for just over an hour.

Step 5

Remove the chicken from the broth to leave to cool. Strain the broth, ready to pour over the rice later on.

Step 6

To serve, carve the chicken. Arrange it on a platter, drizzling the remaining tablespoon of soy. Scatter the leaves of the coriander over, serving with rice and ginger. The broth can be used to moisten the rice.

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