Sichuan Style Salt Baked Chicken
- Ready In:
- 1hr 35mins
- 3 lbs whole chickens
- 1⁄4 cup shaoxing wine
- 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 4 lbs kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 2 teaspoons szechuan peppercorns
- 1 large piece cheesecloth
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- 1 tablespoon Chinese chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon unseasoned rice vinegar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Rinse the chicken under cool water, cut away any fat around the cavity opening, and place the chicken in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine the rice wine, ginger, and green onions.
- Brush the outside of the chicken with the wine mixture and place the remaining contents of the small bowl in the chicken cavity. Put the chicken in a cool place and let marinate for 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spread the salt evenly in a Dutch oven that is slightly larger that the chicken and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the salt from the oven but leave the oven on.
- Place the chicken on a dry surface and rub the spice mixture all over the chicken. Wrap the chicken in cheesecloth.
- Carefully pour all but 1 inch of the salt (about 6 cups) into a heatproof bowl. Set the chicken in the pot, breast up, and cover completely with the reserved hot salt. Make sure the chicken is completely covered with a layer of salt. Bake covered for 1 hour.
- Remove the chicken from the oven and let rest for 30 minutes. While chicken is resting, make the sauces. When chicken is done resting, discard the salt, unwrap and use a cleaver to chop the chicken into chopstick-friendly pieces. Serve with dipping sauces.
- Chili Sauce: In a small bowl, combine the water with the chili sauce, vinegar and sugar; stir to dissolve the sugar. Let stand for at least 15 minutes and stir before serving.
- Garlic Sauce: In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, garlic and sugar; stir to dissolve the sugar. Let stand for at least 15 minutes and stir before serving.
- Ginger Sauce: Put the ginger in a small heatproof bowl. Heat the oil in a small saucepan until it sends up a wisp of smoke, then pour it over the ginger and stir. Stir in the salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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