Tea Smoked Chicken

Recipe by graffeetee
READY IN: 1hr 55mins




  • Toast the salt and peppercorns together in a skillet over a low flame until it starts to smoke.
  • Let cool and grind in a mortar and pestle.
  • Rub the mixture all over the chicken, inside and out.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Steam the chicken in a large pot for about 45 minutes, until juices run clear when thigh is pricked. I use one of those collapsible steamer inserts in a soup pot. Do save the resulting broth, it's quite flavorful.
  • Line a wok and its lid with heavy-duty foil.
  • Combine the tea and sugar in the bottom of the wok and place a rack over the mixture.
  • Heat the wok until the mixture begins to smoke.
  • Pat the chicken dry and place on the rack.
  • Cover the wok tightly and smoke the chicken for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and let the covered wok stand for another 30 minutes.
  • Cut the chicken into serving pieces and brush with the sesame oil.