Chicken With Two Onions In Sand Pot

Course : Chinese
Serves: 4
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3 pounds chicken -- hacked into 2 inch pieces
4 tablespoons peanut oil
2 cloves garlic -- finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup Chinese chicken soup stock -- see * note 1
2 medium yellow onions -- see * note 2
6 medium green onions -- slivered
1 dash brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder
1/2 medium iceberg lettuce head -- torn up
--- marinade ---
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons dry sherry or Chinese rice wine
1 teaspoon ginger -- grated

Preparation / Directions:

* Note 1: See the "Chinese Chicken Soup Stock" recipe which is included in this collection. * Note 2: Peel and cut the onions into 8 wedges each; divide the wedges into leaves. Cut the chicken and mix with the marinade. Allow to sit for 15 minutes. Heat a wok and add one-half of the oil. Chow (stir-fry) the garlic and salt for just a moment. Add the chicken, drained of the marinade. Reserve the marinade. Brown the chicken well on all sides and add the broth. Cover and cook until the chicken is done to your taste. Remove the cover and allow the broth to reduce a bit. Remove all from the wok and set aside. Heat the wok and add the remaining oil. Chow the onions until the yellow ones begin to brown a bit. Return the chicken to the wok along with the remaining ingredients except the lettuce but including the marinade. Chow for a few moments so that all is hot. Place the lettuce in a 4-quart sand pot or stove-top casserole. Top with the chicken and onions and cover. Place on the stove and heat until the pot is very hot. Serve immediately. This recipe serves 4 to 6 as part of a Chinese meal. Comments: This dish will have an unusual flavor due to the use of the wonderful five-spice powder. If you do not have a sand pot you can use a stove-top casserole.

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