Recipe by littleturtle
Chicken rubbed with salt and then steamed, served with a ginger-scallion dipping sauce to bring out its full flavor. Serve with steamed rice. Serves 4 as a main course or 8 as part of a multi-dish Chinese style dinner.
Top Review by sashyd
I know I shouldn't rate it if I change it, but this was seriously amazing. I didn't have a roasting chicken so I just poached some chicken breasts. I also just drizzled the soy sauce and sesame oil on the breasts, and just heated up 1/2 a cup of vegetable oil. When you pour the oil over the vegetables, do it in a BIG bowl, it'll crackle and pop. I want to put this sauce on everything, so few ingredients and so much flavor! I've eaten this dish in China many times, and this is just as good!
- 1 (3 1/2 lb) roasting chickens
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 pinch sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons gingerroot, peeled & finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 4 tablespoons scallions, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
Directions See How It's Made
- Rinse the chicken in cold, running water, and blot dry completely with paper towels.
- Rub the salt all over the skin of the chicken and inside the cavity.
- Place the chicken, breast-side down, on a heat proof platter, and set aside for 15 minutes.
- Set up your steamer, or place a rack inside a wok or other deep pan.
- Fill with about 2 inches of hot water.
- Cover tightly and gently steam over medium heat for 1 hour, replenishing the water from time to time.
- Remove the platter of cooked chicken and pour off all of the liquid.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar, salt, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and scallions.
- In a small pan, combine the oils and heat until they smoke.
- Pour the hot oils over the ginger-scallion mixture.
- Chop the chicken into serving sized pieces and serve with dipping sauce.