Chicken With Chinese Eggplant

READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
Recipe by gadgetman0404

This is a combination of a number of different recipes along with my own personal preference changes. The sauce has a slight kick, so if you have people who are squeamish about spicy heat, you may want to cut down on the hot sauce.

Top Review by Heather U.

I liked this! I didn't have any dried shrimp so omitted that and I used sake because I didn't have any sherry. I also omitted the Sriracha but only because I forgot to add it! I would've served it with rice if I had any on hand but I didn't. It was really tasty over egg noodles instead. The reddish color from the tomato paste is a little odd compared to other similar recipes I've tried but it tastes great. I hope the leftovers are good for lunch tomorrow.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Brine chicken for 1-3 hours in solution of 2 cups water, 1/4 cup kosher salt and 1/4 cup sugar.
  2. Soak dried shrimp in sherry for 1-3 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, halve eggplant then slice halves radially into 4 slices per half.
  4. and then into smaller pieces.
  5. Spread on cooling racks over the sink or cookie sheets.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and weight down with heavy cutting board.
  7. Let drain for one hour or more.
  8. Quarter and slice onion, set aside.
  9. Mince garlic, set aside.
  10. Drain chicken and pat dry.
  11. Strain shrimp out of sherry and discard shrimp (reserve sherry).
  12. Combine sherry, hot sauce, dark soy sauce,light soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, splenda and tomato paste and whisk together.
  13. Add half of oil to wok and heat over high heat.
  14. Add chicken and cook about 1/2 way (but browned on all sides).
  15. Remove to a plate.
  16. Add remaining oil and allow to come to temperature.
  17. Add onions, stir fry for about 1 minute.
  18. Add Eggplant, stir fry for about 5 minutes.
  19. Replace chicken in wok.
  20. Add Sauce and Stir fry until done.
  21. Serve with brown rice.

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