Thursday, November 06, 2008

Simmered Chinese Chicken

from Foster Farms

This chicken simmers in a spicy-sweet sauce flavored with soy sauce, garlic and crushed red pepper.

1 Foster Farms Whole Chicken
1 tablespoon oil

1/3 cup soy sauce, regular or reduced salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon catsup
1/4 cup dry sherry or apple juice
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 green onion, sliced

2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds*

1. Remove giblets, rinse chicken and pat dry. Heat oil in Dutch oven, brown chicken on all sides.

2. Mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, catsup, sherry, red pepper, garlic, and green onion. Pour mixture over chicken. Cover and simmer 35 to 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink at thigh bone.

3. Turn chicken once during cooking. Remove chicken to platter, draining juices back into pan. Skim fat from sauce.

4. Blend together cornstarch and water and stir into sauce. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Spoon some sauce over chicken, sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve chicken with remaining sauce.

*Sesame seeds need to be toasted to develop their nutlike flavor. Toast sesame seeds in shallow pan at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Serves 4.

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