Steam Chicken with Dang Gui, also known as Herbal Chicken, is a traditional Chinese dish that combines the delicate flavors of chicken with the aromatic qualities of Dang Gui, or Chinese angelica root. The dish is prepared by marinating a whole chicken in a flavorful mixture of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil. The chicken is then stuffed with soaked Dang Gui and ginger slices to infuse it with the herbal essence.

WHAT IS DANG GUI?

Dang Gui, also known as Chinese angelica root or female ginseng, is an herb that holds significant importance in traditional Chinese medicine. It comes from the root of the Angelica sinensis plant, which is native to China and other parts of East Asia.

Dang Gui has been used for centuries in Chinese herbal medicine due to its various potential health benefits. It is highly regarded for its ability to nourish and invigorate the blood, making it a popular choice for addressing conditions related to blood deficiency or stagnation. It is often used to support women’s health, particularly during menstruation and menopause, as well as for general wellness.

In terms of its physical characteristics, Dang Gui root is usually brown and cylindrical, resembling a large carrot. It has a distinct aroma and a sweet, slightly bitter taste.

Dang Gui is commonly used in different forms, including dried root slices, powders, and liquid extracts. It is often incorporated into herbal formulas and recipes, such as soups, teas, and dishes like Steam Chicken with Dang Gui, to harness its medicinal properties and flavor.

While Dang Gui has a long history of traditional use, it’s important to note that it may interact with certain medications or have contraindications for certain individuals. If you have any specific health concerns or are considering using Dang Gui for medicinal purposes, it is advisable to consult a qualified healthcare professional or traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.

INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTES

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  • Ginger – Ginger adds a warm and aromatic flavor to the dish. It is often used in Asian cuisine for its unique taste and health benefits. If you don’t have fresh ginger, you can substitute it with ginger powder or omit it altogether if necessary.
  • Chicken – The chicken should be cut into pieces. You can use any parts of the chicken you prefer, such as thighs, drumsticks, or a combination. If you prefer boneless chicken, you can use boneless chicken breasts or thighs. Adjust the cooking time accordingly as boneless chicken may cook faster.
  • Cooking wine – Cooking wine, such as Shaoxing wine or rice wine, adds flavor and helps to tenderize the chicken. If you don’t have cooking wine, you can substitute it with dry white wine or omit it if preferred.
  • Light soy sauce – Light soy sauce adds a savory and salty taste to the dish. If you don’t have light soy sauce, you can use regular soy sauce, but reduce the amount as regular soy sauce is saltier.
  • Oyster sauce – Oyster sauce provides a rich umami flavor to the dish. If you don’t have oyster sauce or prefer a vegetarian option, you can substitute it with vegetarian oyster sauce or soy sauce.
  • Goji berries – Goji berries are a popular ingredient in Chinese cuisine and are known for their nutritional benefits. They add a subtle sweetness and texture to the dish. If you don’t have goji berries, you can omit them or substitute with dried cranberries or raisins.
  • Dang Gui slices (Chinese Angelica Root) – Dang Gui is a traditional Chinese herb known for its medicinal properties. It adds a distinct herbal flavor to the dish. If you don’t have dang gui, it can be omitted, but it will alter the traditional herbal taste of the dish.
  • Sesame oil – Sesame oil adds a nutty and aromatic flavor to the dish. If you don’t have sesame oil, you can substitute it with another type of oil like vegetable oil or omit it if necessary.
  • Salt – Salt enhances the overall taste of the dish. Adjust the amount to your personal preference or dietary needs.
  • Red dates – Red dates, also known as jujubes, add a natural sweetness and depth of flavor to the dish. If you don’t have red dates, you can substitute them with dried apricots or omit them if preferred.

RECIPES TIPS

  • Marinate the chicken: Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes or longer if possible. This allows the flavors to penetrate the meat and makes it more flavorful.
  • Soak the Dang Gui slices: Before using Dang Gui, soak the slices in warm water for about 10-15 minutes to soften them. This helps release their aromatic flavors during steaming.
  • Adjust seasoning: Feel free to adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences. If you prefer a stronger herbal flavor, you can add more Dang Gui slices. Similarly, if you like it less salty, reduce the amount of soy sauce or salt.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs: Consider garnishing the dish with fresh cilantro or chopped green onions to add a pop of freshness and color to the presentation.
  • Steaming time: Steam the chicken until it is fully cooked and tender. The cooking time may vary depending on the size and thickness of the chicken pieces. To ensure doneness, check the thickest part of the chicken with a fork or knife to make sure the juices run clear.
  • Serve with steamed rice or noodles: Steamed Chicken with Dang Gui pairs well with steamed rice or noodles. The flavorful broth from the steaming process can be poured over the rice or noodles for added taste.
  • Experiment with additional herbs: If desired, you can add other Chinese herbs such as dried shiitake mushrooms or goji berries to enhance the herbal profile of the dish. Just make sure to adjust the quantities accordingly.

Remember, cooking times and flavors can vary depending on personal preferences and equipment used, so feel free to adapt the recipe to suit your taste and requirements.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

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  1. Rinse the Dang Gui under running water to remove any dirt or impurities. Soak it in warm water for about 10 minutes to soften.
  2. In a large bowl, marinate the chicken pieces with cooking wine, soy sauce and oyster sauce, wolfberry, angelica, prepared ginger juice, sesame oil, salt and red dates. Mix well to ensure the chicken is coated evenly. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate.
  3. Prepare a steamer and bring the water to a boil.
  4. Place the marinated chicken pieces on a heatproof dish or plate.
  5. Once the water in the steamer is boiling, place the dish with the chicken and Dang Gui into the steamer. Cover the steamer with a lid.
  6. Steam the chicken for about 20 minutes or until it is cooked through. Check the thickest part of the chicken to ensure there is no pinkness and the juices run clear.
  7. Carefully remove the dish from the steamer using oven mitts or kitchen towels, as it will be hot.
  8. Garnish the steamed chicken with chopped green onions and cilantro, if desired.
  9. Serve the Steam Chicken with Dang Gui hot with steamed rice or as part of a complete meal. The tender and flavorful chicken infused with the herbal aroma of Dang Gui makes for a comforting and nourishing dish.

WHAT ELSE TO SERVE WITH ?

Steamed Chicken with Dang Gui pairs well with a variety of side dishes and accompaniments. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Steamed Vegetables: Serve the chicken with a side of steamed vegetables like broccoli, bok choy, or Chinese greens. The fresh and vibrant flavors of the vegetables complement the herbal chicken dish.
  2. Rice or Noodles: Serve the steamed chicken over a bed of steamed rice or alongside steamed noodles. The mild flavors of the rice or noodles provide a neutral base to enjoy the flavorful chicken.
  3. Stir-Fried Vegetables: Prepare a stir-fried vegetable medley with colorful vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, snow peas, and mushrooms. The stir-fried vegetables add a contrasting texture and taste to the tender chicken.
  4. Steamed Buns or Mantou: Steamed buns or mantou are fluffy and soft bread rolls that are perfect for soaking up the flavorful broth of the chicken. They make a delightful addition to the meal and can be enjoyed as a side or used to make mini chicken sandwiches.
  5. Asian-Style Salad: Prepare a light and refreshing Asian-style salad with shredded cabbage, carrots, cucumber, and a tangy sesame dressing. The salad provides a crunchy element and a refreshing contrast to the steamed chicken.
  6. Sautéed Garlic Green Beans: Sauté fresh green beans with garlic and a splash of soy sauce for a simple yet delicious side dish. The savory and garlicky flavors complement the herbal chicken well.
  7. Steamed Dumplings: Serve the chicken alongside steamed dumplings, such as pork or vegetable dumplings, for a complete and satisfying meal. The dumplings add a delightful texture and flavor to the dish.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Feel free to explore and experiment with other side dishes and accompaniments that you enjoy. The goal is to create a balanced and satisfying meal that complements the flavors of the Steamed Chicken with Dang Gui.

MADE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS

To make Steamed Chicken with Dang Gui ahead of time, you can follow these instructions:

  1. Prepare and marinate the chicken as instructed in the recipe. Place the marinated chicken pieces in an airtight container or a covered dish.
  2. Soak the Dang Gui slices in warm water for about 10-15 minutes to soften them. Drain the water and set aside.
  3. Assemble the soaked Dang Gui slices on top of the chicken pieces in the container.
  4. Cover the container tightly and store it in the refrigerator. The marinated chicken can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours before cooking.
  5. When you are ready to cook, follow the steaming instructions in the recipe to steam the chicken with the Dang Gui. The cooking time may vary slightly, so ensure the chicken is fully cooked and tender.

By preparing the chicken ahead of time, you can save some prep time and have the marinated chicken ready to be steamed whenever you’re ready to enjoy it. Just remember to keep it properly refrigerated and cook it within 24 hours for the best results.

Note: If you plan to keep the chicken marinated for longer than 24 hours, it is recommended to freeze the marinated chicken instead of refrigerating it to maintain its freshness and quality. Thaw the chicken in the refrigerator before proceeding with the steaming process.

STORAGE & REHEATING

Storage: After steaming the chicken, allow it to cool completely before storing. Transfer the leftover chicken to an airtight container or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating:

  • Steaming: Place the chicken in a heatproof dish and steam it for about 10-15 minutes until it is heated through.
  • Microwaving: Transfer the chicken to a microwave-safe dish and cover it with a damp paper towel. Microwave on medium power in short intervals, checking and stirring in between until it is heated thoroughly.
  • Stir-frying: Cut the leftover chicken into smaller pieces and stir-fry it in a pan with a little oil until it is heated and slightly crispy.

Note: When reheating, be cautious not to overcook the chicken as it can become dry. Monitor the reheating process closely to ensure the chicken is heated evenly without losing its moisture and tenderness. Remember to discard any leftover chicken that has been left at room temperature for more than 2 hours to ensure food safety.

RECIPES FAQS

Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe?

Yes, you can use boneless chicken for this recipe. Adjust the cooking time accordingly, as boneless chicken tends to cook faster than bone-in chicken. Keep an eye on the chicken to ensure it is cooked through and tender.

Can I substitute Dang Gui with another herb?

Dang Gui, or Chinese Angelica Root, provides a distinct herbal flavor to the dish. If you don’t have Dang Gui or prefer not to use it, you can omit it from the recipe. However, note that it will alter the traditional herbal taste of the dish.

Can I freeze the steamed chicken?

Yes, you can freeze the steamed chicken. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. Label it with the date and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw the frozen chicken in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Can I use other herbs or spices to enhance the flavor?

Certainly! While this recipe focuses on the flavors of ginger, Dang Gui, and the sauce ingredients, you can experiment with other herbs and spices to suit your taste. Some options include star anise, cinnamon, garlic, or even Sichuan peppercorns. Adjust the quantities based on your preference and desired flavor profile.

Can I adjust the seasoning according to my taste?

Absolutely! The provided measurements are a guideline, and you can adjust the seasoning to suit your personal preference. Add more or less soy sauce, oyster sauce, or salt based on your taste buds. Keep in mind that it’s always easier to add more seasoning gradually, so start with smaller amounts and taste as you go.

Can I use this recipe with other meats or proteins?

While this recipe is specifically designed for chicken, you can certainly experiment with other meats or proteins such as pork, beef, or tofu. Adjust the cooking time accordingly, as different proteins may require different cooking times to ensure they are fully cooked.

Can I adjust the portion size of the recipes?

Adjusting the recipe portion size is easy! Simply click on the serving size in the recipe card and customize it according to your liking. However, if you prefer a portion size that is not available in the given options, you can manually adjust it as well. Just ensure that the adjusted portion can fit comfortably into your steaming plate or container. Keep in mind that with larger portion sizes, you might need to adjust the steaming time slightly to ensure that the chicken is fully cooked and tender throughout.

This recipes is compatible with which model of Thermomix®?

This recipes suitable for TM31 / TM5 / TM6

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Steam Chicken with Dang Gui (Herbal Chicken)

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Steam Chicken with Dang Gui, also known as Herbal Chicken, is a traditional Chinese dish that combines the delicate flavors of chicken with the aromatic qualities of Dang Gui, or Chinese angelica root. The dish is prepared by marinating a whole chicken in a flavorful mixture of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil. The chicken is then stuffed with soaked Dang Gui and ginger slices to infuse it with the herbal essence.

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time1 hrCook Time20 minsTotal Time1 hr 20 mins

 50 g ginger, sliced
 500 g chicken, skin and bone, cut into pieces (2-3 cm)
 30 g cooking wine
 20 g light soy sauce
 10 g oyster sauce
 2 tsp goji berries, rinsed
 5 dang gui slices (Chinese Angelica Root)
 ¼ tsp sesame oil
 1 tsp salt
 10 red dates, pitted
 800 g water for steaming

1

Place ginger in mixing bowl, chop 5 sec | Speed 5 , pour into fine mesh strainer and squeeze ginger juice, reserve ginger juice and set aside for later use. Clean mixing bowl.

2

Place a bowl on mixing bowl lid, weigh in chicken, cooking wine, soy sauce and oyster sauce. Add wolfberry, angelica, prepared ginger juice, sesame oil, salt and red dates. Mix and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Transfer marinated chicken to a steaming tray (Ø 15 cm). Arrange in Varoma dish and set aside.

3

Set Varoma in position and cook 20 min | Varoma | Speed 1. . Carefully open the Varoma lid, check the chicken for doneness, and increase the cooking time if necessary. Serve hot.

Ingredients

 50 g ginger, sliced
 500 g chicken, skin and bone, cut into pieces (2-3 cm)
 30 g cooking wine
 20 g light soy sauce
 10 g oyster sauce
 2 tsp goji berries, rinsed
 5 dang gui slices (Chinese Angelica Root)
 ¼ tsp sesame oil
 1 tsp salt
 10 red dates, pitted
 800 g water for steaming

Directions

1

Place ginger in mixing bowl, chop 5 sec | Speed 5 , pour into fine mesh strainer and squeeze ginger juice, reserve ginger juice and set aside for later use. Clean mixing bowl.

2

Place a bowl on mixing bowl lid, weigh in chicken, cooking wine, soy sauce and oyster sauce. Add wolfberry, angelica, prepared ginger juice, sesame oil, salt and red dates. Mix and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Transfer marinated chicken to a steaming tray (Ø 15 cm). Arrange in Varoma dish and set aside.

3

Set Varoma in position and cook 20 min | Varoma | Speed 1. . Carefully open the Varoma lid, check the chicken for doneness, and increase the cooking time if necessary. Serve hot.

Steam Chicken with Dang Gui (Herbal Chicken)

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