Home Style Chicken

Course : Chinese
Serves: 2
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Ingredients:

-----chicken-----
2 medium chicken quarters
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper -- white, ground
1 tablespoon wine -- rice, or
1 tablespoon sherry -- dry
1 tablespoon egg -- beaten + 1 ts
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon oil -- peanut or
1 tablespoon oil -- vegetable
-----sauce-----
1/3 cup stock -- chicken **
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon wine -- rice, or
1 teaspoon sherry -- dry
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon vinegar -- Chinese, rice
1/2 teaspoon sugar
-----finishing mixture-----
4 teaspoons vinegar -- Chinese, rice
1 tablespoon wine -- Chinese, rice or
1 tablespoon sherry -- dry
2 teaspoons oil -- sesame
-----spinach-----
2 tablespoons oil -- peanut or
2 tablespoons oil -- vegetable
3 cups spinach -- leaves, large stems removed
1/4 cup stock -- chicken
1/4 teaspoon garlic -- finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups oil -- peanut or
2 1/2 cups oil -- vegetable
2 cloves garlic -- thinly sliced
2 tablespoons scallion -- sliced
1/2 teaspoon ginger -- finely chopped
 

Preparation / Directions:

** See recipe for Chicken Stock. For Chicken: Hold each chicken portion by the end of a leg and use a kitchen towel to grab the skin at the thigh end. Pull off the skin and discard. With a sharp boning or paring knife, slit the meat on the legs and thighs, cutting parallel to the bone. Scrape the meat away from the bone. Cut through the joint between the leg and the thigh. Scrape away all of the remaining meat and cut or pull out the bones. Place each boned piece of chicken, skinned side down, on a work surface and break up tendons by scoring the meat with a cleaver. Cut the meat into 1 1/2-inch pieces and transfer them to a small bowl. Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper and rice wine. Stir in the beaten egg, sprinkle with cornstarch and toss to combine. Drizzle with oil, toss, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. For Sauce: In a small bowl, stir together a little of the stock and the cornstarch. Add remaining sauce ingredients and set aside. For Finishing Sauce: Blend together ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. For Spinach: In a wok, or a large skillet, heat the oil until nearly smoking. Add spinach, stock, garlic and salt and stir-fry until just wilted, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Arrange in a large ring on a warm serving plate. To Assemble: In a second wok, or skillet, heat oil to 360F (a piece of garlic will sizzle steadily when placed in oil). Add chicken pieces, separating them with skimmer, and fry, turning once or twice, until lightly golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Raise heat of oil to 400F and return the chicken to the wok. Fry until golden brown, about 1 minute, then remove and drain. Pour off al but 1 tablespoon of oil. Add garlic, scallions, and ginger an cook for about 30 seconds. Add sauce, then chicken and toss to coat. Add finishing mixture, tossing to combine. Arrange chicken on spinach and serve immediately. Source: New York's Master Chefs, Bon Appetit Magazine : Written by Richard Sax, Photographs by Nancy McFarland : The Knapp Press, Los Angeles, 1985 Chef: Simon Teng, Auntie Yuan Restaurant, New York Co-Owner: Ed Schonfeld Co-Owner: David Ke


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