I know, boiled chicken just sound so bland. And boring. And plain. But do read on and you will see that it is not bland, boring or plain. Just look at it…
Far from being boring, it is so flavourful that the remaining sauces from the boiled chicken is pure neat chicken stock. Talk about a two in one dish! And yes, this dish is pretty healthy as it involved loads of vegetables and no deep frying to be seen!
Chicken Recipes: Five Spice Boiled Chicken Recipe
1/2 chicken, chopped into small pieces
2 tbsp five spice powder
2 tsp salt
2 carrots, cut into chunks
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 large tomato, cubed
4 fresh shiitake mushrooms, cubed
2 pods garlic
2 cups water
1. Season the chicken with the five spice powder and 1 tsp of salt for at least an hour.
2. Heat up the pot of water and then dump all the ingredients in and the rest of the salt.
3. Lower the heat and let it simmer partially covered for up to an hour. By then, you’d get a very thick sort of ‘gravy’ and you can dish out the chicken and vegetables.
If you noticed, I didn’t remove the chicken skin. I felt that by not removing the skin, it gave even more flavors to the chicken stock. Although a bit oily, I’m quite fine with it.
If you have a crock pot / slow cooker, it is even easier. Just dump everything in, set it at low and leave it on overnight and you’ll get tender chicken with absolutely wonderful gravy and chicken stock.
Just remember to set aside some of the gravy as chicken stock to be used in your cooking.
See? Boiled chicken aren’t all that bland after all and it even produced a great by-product of chicken stock!