Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Donabe steam-fry shio-koji chicken, asparagus, and tomato

Back to basic. Golden basic.
I made super simple steam-fry chicken with vegetables.
This dish is extremely easy to make but never gets old in my home.
I use tagine-style donabe, "Fukkura-san", for this dish. With this unique donabe, I can sear the chicken first, then once with the cover on, the insulated body and FIR (Far-Infrared Radiation) distribute the heat evenly and makes really juicy chicken fast. I use shio-koji to marinade the chicken, but if you don't have it, you can simply substitute it with sea salt.

Steam-fry Chicken, Asparagus, and Tomato

Ingredients: (for 3-4 servings as part of multi-course meal)
1 pound boneless chicken thighs (preferably skin on), cut into large bite-size pieces
2 tablespoons shio-koji (or you can substitute with 1.5 teaspoons sea salt)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sake
8 oz (240 g) medium-thick asparagus, trimmed and cut each into 3 pieces at an angle
2 tomatoes, cut into large cubes
some ground black pepper
3-4 lemon wedges
some shichimi pepper

  1. In a bowl, mix together the chicken with shio-koji by hand. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 2-3 hours to overnight. (If you simply don't have time, just 30 minutes is still okay.)
  2. Heat the olive oil in the skillet of "Fukkura-san" over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken, skin-side down, and sauté until golden (about 3-4 minutes).
  4. Turn over the chicken pieces, add the garlic, and continue to sauté until the garlic is aromatic (1-2 minutes).
  5. Pour the sake and cover with lid. Turn down to medium-heat. Cook until the chicken is almost cooked through (about 2-3 minutes).
  6. Add the asparagus and tomatoes. Cover again and continue to cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and let it rest (with the lid on) for 3 minutes.
  8. Uncover and season with some ground black pepper.
  9. Serve into individual bowls. Squeeze lemon and sprinkle some shichimi pepper to enjoy.
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Shio-koji marinated chicken was simply steam-fried with a little amount of sake.

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Then, vegetables are added to finish. That's it.

Happy donabe life.