Tender and savory chicken thigh with the sweet, nutty taste from the chestnut, this easy Braised Chicken with Chestnut recipe can be your next weeknight regular.
Chestnut has been one of my childhood favorites. I remember walking down the streets in winter with a bag of roasted chestnut in my hand. The warmth and the sweet, nutty taste was a winter highlight.
And chestnut has always been an ingredient in my fridge. As my mom said, it goes well with almost all kinds of meat and adds an extra richness to the taste of the main course.
So today, I’m sharing a family tradition recipes – Chinese braised chicken with chestnut.
Braised recipes may take longer than stir-fries or steamed dishes. But aside from simmering, it’s easy to prepare and cook. I cooked with a simple wok, and you can use a slow cooker to make it even easier.
- Chicken thighs, 1/2 pounds, with bone, chopped into small pieces
- Chestnuts, 1/2 cup, peeled
- Sichuan Pepper, 1/2 tsp
- Star anise, 4 pieces
- Bay leaves, 3 leaves
- Shaohsing cooking wine. 1 tbsp
- Soy sauce, 2 tbsp
- Fresh ginger, 1/3 cup, sliced
- Olive oil, 2 tbsp
- Sugar, 1 tsp
- Salt, to taste
- Rinse the chicken thigh with running water. Cut into small pieces. Put in a bowl.
- Add soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and Shao Hsing wine to the bowl. Mix and marinate for 1 hour.
- Crack and peel the chestnut. Wash and cut in half.
- In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat. Add ginger and stir until fragrant.
- Add the chicken in with the marinate sauce. Stir for 1-2 minutes until brown.
- Add chestnut, Sichuan pepper, star anise, bay leaves. Stir and mix for 3 minutes.
- Pour 1/2 to a cup of water to soak the chicken in. Add in sugar, Shao Hsing wine, and salt. Turn up the heat to high until boil. Cover the lid and let it simmer for 45 minutes over low heat.
- Transfer to a plate and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 489Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 1370mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 30g
How to crack and peel chestnut?
Preparing the chestnuts is the most tricky part of this recipe.
You can buy peeled chestnut from the supermarket to save time. But if you are using fresh chestnuts, here are some tips to peel them more quickly.
I have boiled, cut and frozen the chestnuts to peel the chestnuts. But I found the following method most effective. Follow the video tutorial down below to peel them quickly and easily.