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Thursday, August 27, 2015


Unbelievable that this tasty chicken dish is so easy to prepare. Only a few ingredients needed that are easily available in any Chinese kitchen. Simple ingredients, awesome tastes.
Fragrant and tasty chicken pieces with softened sweet red dates. Hmmm….what a lovely dish. This dish is also versatile in that you can just eat it like this or add in some fragrant sliced Chinese leeks. Looks good, isn’t it? Nope, tastes good too.
Shared some with my SIL and she called to inform that this dish is yummy.
3 deboned chicken whole legs with skin [medium size] – cut bite size pieces
12 red dates
12 cloves garlic – peeled keep whole
12 slices ginger
50 ml water
3 tbsp light soy sauce
3 tbsp Shaoxing wine
1 tbsp brown sugar

  1. Lightly marinate chicken pieces with some light soy sauce for 15 minutes. Mix well until liquid is well absorbed.
  2. Heat up a non-stick wok without oil. Pan fry the chicken pieces [skin side down] about 5-10 minutes until golden and crispy. Turn over to fry the other side for another 5 minutes. 
  3. Push aside and remove excess oil if  any, then add in red dates, garlic and ginger to fry until aromatic and slightly browned.
  4. Mix well all the ingredients, add in light soy sauce, wine and sugar. Bring to a bubbly boil then add in some water to braise [add more if you like to have more sauce].
  5. Braise until sauce is reduced or thick or almost dry and the chicken pieces look shining.
  6. Dish up to serve.
Notes: You can add some sliced leeks to fry with the chicken pieces in Step 6.

This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up August 2015 [Brown Sugar and Molasses]  organised by Doreen from My Little Favourite DIY and Zoe, Bake for Happy Kids hosted by Jess of Bakericious


Karen Luvswesavory said...

This is very tasty .... bet that served perfectly with a bowl of warm steamed rice.

Phong Hong said...

Kimmy, this looks good! I have plenty of red dates in the fridge and this is one of the ways to use it. In particular I like the whole garlic cloves. Definitely will try this dish!

Kimmy said...

Hi Karen, yes this dish is perfect with a bowl of steaming hot rice. You can cook it almost dry or with some sauce. Whichever way, it is good. I like the dates and whole garlic.

Kimmy said...

Hi Phong Hong, you can actually cook a whole deboned chicken leg instead of cutting it into bite size pieces. The dates are sweet and garlic is soft and tasty. Chicken meat is tasty and aromatic.

Zoe said...

Hi Kimmy,

Like how you used dates to enhance the sweetness of this dish. Very yummy!


Kimmy said...

Hi Zoe, every ingredient in this dish is so good - dates, garlic and chicken, hehehe!

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