Steamed Chicken with Cordyceps Flowers is a delectable dish that combines tender steamed chicken with the unique and beneficial Cordyceps flowers. This culinary masterpiece showcases the delicate flavors of the chicken harmoniously infused with the aromatic essence of the Cordyceps flowers. Known for their potential health benefits in traditional Chinese medicine, Cordyceps flowers are believed to support respiratory health, boost energy levels, and enhance overall well-being. Indulge in this exquisite dish to savor the perfect blend of flavors while potentially reaping the nutritional rewards of Cordyceps flowers. Experience the marriage of culinary delight and potential wellness in every succulent bite.

WHAT IS CORDYCEPS FLOWERS?

Cordyceps flowers, 蟲草花 (Chóng Cǎo Huā) also known as Cordyceps sinensis or caterpillar fungus, are a type of fungus that grows primarily in the mountainous regions of Tibet, China, and other parts of Asia. They are considered a medicinal mushroom with a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine.

Cordyceps flowers have a unique appearance, resembling a flower or caterpillar. They are formed when the spores of the Cordyceps fungus infect the larvae of certain insects, such as caterpillars. The fungus then grows inside the larva, eventually mummifying it and forming the characteristic “flower-like” structure.

In traditional Chinese medicine, Cordyceps flowers are highly valued for their potential health benefits. They are believed to possess adaptogenic properties, meaning they may help the body adapt to various stressors and promote overall well-being. Cordyceps flowers are often used to support respiratory health, boost energy and stamina, enhance immune function, and improve kidney and lung function.

Cordyceps flowers can be consumed in various forms, including dried, powdered, or as an extract in supplements or herbal formulations. They are commonly used in soups, teas, and as an ingredient in traditional Chinese recipes, like the mentioned “Steamed Chicken with Cordyceps Flowers,” to impart their unique flavor and potential health benefits.

INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTES

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  • Chicken Leg – Chicken leg refers to the leg portion of the chicken, typically with the thigh and drumstick attached. It provides juicy and flavorful meat for the dish. You can use chicken thigh or chicken breast if you prefer.
  • Ginger – Ginger adds a warm and aromatic flavor to the dish. It is julienned, meaning cut into thin matchstick-like strips. If you don’t have fresh ginger, you can use ginger paste or powdered ginger as a substitute.
  • Soy Sauce – Soy sauce is a salty and savory condiment made from fermented soybeans. It adds depth of flavor to the dish. You can use tamari or liquid aminos as a gluten-free substitute. If you prefer a lower-sodium option, you can use low-sodium soy sauce.
  • Oyster Sauce – Oyster sauce is a thick, rich sauce made from oyster extracts. It provides a savory and umami taste to the dish. Hoisin sauce or soy sauce mixed with a small amount of sugar can be used as a substitute.
  • Salt – Salt enhances the overall flavor of the dish. Adjust the amount according to your taste preference.
  • Sugar – Sugar balances the flavors in the dish and adds a touch of sweetness. Substitute: You can use honey, maple syrup, or other sweeteners as a substitute.
  • Cooking Wine – Cooking wine adds depth of flavor to the dish. If you prefer a non-alcoholic option, you can use chicken or vegetable broth as a substitute.
  • Corn Starch – Corn starch is a thickening agent used to create a glossy sauce. It helps bind the flavors together. You can use potato starch or arrowroot starch as a substitute.
  • Cordyceps Flowers – Cordyceps flowers are a type of medicinal fungus with potential health benefits. They have a unique flavor. There is no direct substitute for Cordyceps flowers, but you can omit them if you don’t have access to them.
  • Red Dates – Red dates, also known as jujubes, are sweet and chewy fruits that add natural sweetness to the dish.
  • Goji Berries – Goji berries are small red berries with a slightly sweet and tangy flavor. They add a pop of color and nutrition to the dish.
  • Sesame Oil – Sesame oil adds a nutty and aromatic flavor to the dish. It is typically used in small amounts as a finishing oil. You can use another oil with a neutral flavor if you don’t have sesame oil.
  • Spring Onion – Spring onion, also known as green onions, add a fresh and mild onion flavor to the dish. They are typically chopped or sliced for garnishing. You can use chives or shallots as a substitute.

RECIPES TIPS

  • Before steaming, marinate the chicken pieces with ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, sugar, and cooking wine. This will infuse the chicken with flavor and make it more tender. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes or longer for better flavor absorption.
  • Arrange the marinated chicken pieces in a single layer in the steaming dish. Scatter the julienned ginger, Cordyceps flowers, red dates, and goji berries over the chicken. This ensures even distribution of flavors throughout the dish.
  • Steaming time and temperature: Steam the chicken over high heat for about 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and tender. The exact cooking time may vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces. To check for doneness, insert a knife into the thickest part of the chicken; if the juices run clear, it’s cooked. If you choose to use boneless chicken instead of chicken with bones, you can reduce the steaming time to just 20 minutes.
  • Just before serving, drizzle the sesame oil over the steamed chicken to enhance the aroma and flavor. Garnish with chopped scallions for a fresh and vibrant touch.
  • Steamed chicken with Cordyceps Flowers pairs well with steamed rice or noodles. Serve it alongside steamed vegetables or a simple green salad for a well-rounded meal.
  • Taste the sauce before serving and adjust the seasonings according to your preference. Add more salt, soy sauce, or sugar if needed to balance the flavors.

Remember, cooking times may vary based on the size and thickness of the chicken pieces, so adjust accordingly. Enjoy your flavorful and nourishing Steamed Chicken with Cordyceps Flowers!

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

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  1. Marinate the chicken by cutting it into pieces and marinating it with ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, sugar, Cordyceps flowers, red dates goji berries and cooking wine.
  2. Fill a steamer with water, place the chicken in a heatproof dish. Steam the chicken for 20-25 minutes until cooked through.
  3. Drizzle sesame oil over the steamed chicken and garnish with chopped scallions.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter, pour the thickened sauce over it or serve it on the side, and enjoy with steamed rice or noodles.

WHAT ELSE TO SERVE WITH ?

Steamed Chicken with Cordyceps Flowers can be served with a variety of complementary dishes. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Steamed Vegetables: Serve a side of steamed broccoli, bok choy, or mixed vegetables to add freshness and nutritional value to the meal.
  2. Stir-Fried Greens: Prepare a simple stir-fry of leafy greens such as Chinese kale (gai lan), spinach, or choy sum with garlic for a vibrant and flavorful side dish.
  3. Steamed Rice: Serve the steamed chicken with steamed white rice or fragrant jasmine rice to absorb the delicious sauce and complete the meal.
  4. Noodles: Pair the dish with steamed or stir-fried noodles like egg noodles, rice noodles, or lo mein for a heartier option.
  5. Soup: Start the meal with a light soup such as clear chicken broth or mushroom soup to enhance the overall dining experience.
  6. Asian Slaw: Prepare a refreshing Asian slaw with shredded cabbage, carrots, and a tangy dressing as a crunchy and vibrant side dish.
  7. Pickled Vegetables: Add some tang and crunch to the meal with pickled vegetables like pickled cucumbers, radishes, or kimchi.
  8. Steamed Dumplings: Serve some steamed dumplings or potstickers as appetizers or alongside the main dish for a delightful addition.

Remember to consider your personal preferences and dietary restrictions when selecting side dishes. These suggestions can help create a well-rounded and satisfying meal to complement the flavors of the Steamed Chicken with Cordyceps Flowers.

MADE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Marinate the chicken as directed in the recipe. Once the chicken is marinated, you can cover it and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours. This allows the flavors to develop and penetrate the meat.
  2. Prepare the steaming setup by filling the steamer with water and bringing it to a boil.
  3. When you are ready to cook the chicken, remove it from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Place the chicken in a heatproof steaming dish and add the Cordyceps flowers, red dates, and goji berries.
  5. Steam the chicken according to the recipe instructions, adjusting the cooking time if needed. Make sure the chicken is cooked through and reaches a safe internal temperature.
  6. While the chicken is steaming, you can prepare the sauce by following the thickening instructions in the recipe.
  7. Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the steamer and pour the thickened sauce over it.
  8. Allow the chicken to cool slightly before storing it. You can store the chicken with the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
  9. When you are ready to serve, reheat the chicken gently in a steamer or microwave until heated through.
  10. Garnish the reheated chicken with sesame oil and chopped scallions just before serving.

By following these steps, you can prepare the Steamed Chicken with Cordyceps Flowers ahead of time and enjoy it conveniently later.

STORAGE & REHEATING

Storage: You can store any leftovers properly to maintain their freshness and flavor. Allow the chicken to cool down to room temperature before storing it. Transfer the chicken and any sauce into an airtight container. Place the container in the refrigerator. Steamed Chicken with Cordyceps Flowers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Reheating: Remove the container from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes. Transfer the chicken and sauce to a microwave-safe dish if necessary. Reheat the chicken in the microwave using short intervals to prevent overheating. Stir or flip the chicken pieces occasionally to ensure even reheating. Alternatively, you can reheat the chicken in a steamer. Place the chicken in a heatproof dish and steam until heated through. Once the chicken is hot, you can garnish it with sesame oil and chopped scallions before serving.

It’s important to ensure that the chicken is heated to a safe internal temperature before consuming. Discard any leftovers that have been left at room temperature for more than 2 hours to prevent foodborne illness.

RECIPES FAQS

Can I use chicken breast instead of chicken leg?

Yes, you can use chicken breast instead of chicken leg in this recipe. However, keep in mind that chicken breast tends to be leaner and may not be as tender as chicken leg. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to prevent overcooking the chicken breast.

Can I substitute Cordyceps flowers with something else?

If you don’t have Cordyceps flowers available, you can omit them from the recipe or substitute them with other dried mushrooms or herbs that you enjoy. Dried shiitake mushrooms or dried wood ear mushrooms can be good alternatives, providing an earthy flavor and a similar texture.

Can I use other types of dates instead of red dates?

Yes, if you don’t have red dates, you can substitute them with other types of dried dates, such as Medjool dates or Deglet Noor dates. Just make sure to remove the pits before adding them to the dish.

Can I make this dish gluten-free?

To make this dish gluten-free, ensure that the soy sauce and oyster sauce you use are specifically labeled as gluten-free or substitute them with gluten-free alternatives. Check the labels of the sauces or look for gluten-free versions in stores.

Can I prepare the dish without alcohol?

If you prefer not to use cooking wine, you can omit it from the recipe. You can substitute it with a small amount of chicken broth or simply increase the amount of soy sauce for added flavor.

Can I add vegetables to the dish?

Absolutely! You can add vegetables such as bok choy, carrots, or mushrooms to the steaming dish along with the chicken. Just ensure that the vegetables are cut into bite-sized pieces and adjust the steaming time if needed to ensure they are cooked through.

Can I freeze the leftovers?

It is not recommended to freeze Steamed Chicken with Cordyceps Flowers, as the texture of the chicken may change upon thawing and reheating. It is best to consume the leftovers within 2-3 days of refrigeration.

Can I adjust the portion size of the recipes?

Yes, you can double the recipe to make a larger batch. Just make sure you have a larger steaming dish or use multiple smaller ones to accommodate the additional ingredients. Adjust the cooking time accordingly, as a larger quantity of food may require slightly more time to cook through.

You can adjust the recipe by clicking the serving size in the recipe in recipes card to your liking!
If you can find the exact portion that you like, you can, also, adjust this in manual mode. Make sure that the cooking times and temperatures have been adjusted for different quantities of ingredients. Even preparation time (such as for cutting) may be different than in the original recipe.

This recipes is compatible with which model of Thermomix®?

This recipes suitable for TM31 / TM5 / TM6

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RECIPES CARD

Steamed Chicken with Cordyceps Flowers 蟲草花蒸雞

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Discover the delicious and nutritious dish of Steamed Chicken with Cordyceps Flowers. This traditional Chinese recipe combines tender steamed chicken with the health-boosting properties of Cordyceps flowers. Experience the delicate flavors and benefits of this culinary delight. Perfect for a wholesome and satisfying meal.

Prep Time1 hrCook Time30 minsTotal Time1 hr 30 mins

Yields1 Serving

 2 chicken leg, cut into pieces
 15 g ginger, julienned
 15 g soy sauce
 15 g oyster sauce
 ½ tsp salt
 ½ tbsp sugar
 15 g cooking wines
 1 tbsp corn starch
 8 g codycerp flowers
 3 red dates, pitted
 10 g goji berries
 5 g sesame oil
 15 g scallions

1

Place a bowl on mixing bowl lid, weigh in chicken, ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, sugar, cooking wines, corn starch Add cordycep flower, red dates and goji berries and sesame oil. 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.

2

Set Varoma in position and cook 30 min | Varoma | Speed 2. . Carefully open the Varoma lid , check the chicken for doneness, and increase the cooking time if necessary. Serve hot.

Ingredients

 2 chicken leg, cut into pieces
 15 g ginger, julienned
 15 g soy sauce
 15 g oyster sauce
 ½ tsp salt
 ½ tbsp sugar
 15 g cooking wines
 1 tbsp corn starch
 8 g codycerp flowers
 3 red dates, pitted
 10 g goji berries
 5 g sesame oil
 15 g scallions

Directions

1

Place a bowl on mixing bowl lid, weigh in chicken, ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, sugar, cooking wines, corn starch Add cordycep flower, red dates and goji berries and sesame oil. 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.

2

Set Varoma in position and cook 30 min | Varoma | Speed 2. . Carefully open the Varoma lid , check the chicken for doneness, and increase the cooking time if necessary. Serve hot.

Steamed Chicken with Cordyceps Flowers 蟲草花蒸雞

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