Cantonese Clay Pot Chicken Rice

“Welcome to the dark soy(d)!” – Husband


Clay pot rice is one of my favorite dishes because the rice is infused with the aromas of the dish. This recipe was supposed to be “easy”, but let’s just say it took a lot of trial and error! The topping sauce makes all the difference, so make sure you add it at the end!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3-4 chicken thighs,cubed
  • 2 pieces Chinese mushroom
  • 4 slices ginger, julienned
  • 1 tsp green onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp goji berries

Chicken Marinade

  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp shaoxing rice wine
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp white pepper powder

Topping sauce (煲仔飯)

  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp old soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil

    Preparations

    Step 1. Soak the rice, Chinese mushrooms, and clay pot (all separately) for 1/2 to 1 hour before cooking.

    Step 2. Cube chicken and marinate for 30 minutes. Soak goji berries for 5 minutes. Right before cooking, add goji berries and 1 tbsp oil to chicken and mix thoroughly.

    Step 3. Meanwhile, make your topping sauce. Add all ingredients to small pot and cook on low heat until sugar has melted. Let the sauce cool before using.

    Instructions

    Step 4. On high heat with no oil, add mushrooms and leave for 2 minutes to dry out water. Then add 1 tbsp oil and cook for another 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Remove from heat.

    Step 5. Add uncooked rice, water, and mushrooms to claypot. Heat on high until boiling (8-10 min, with lid). If there is a vent hole on the lid of your claypot, make sure to plug it with a chopstick!

    We use a metal shield in between the clay pot and the fire to distribute the heat more evenly.

    Step 6. Change to medium high heat. Add chicken and cook for 13 minutes. Place ginger and scallion on top. Then turn off heat for and leave for 17 minutes. 

    Note: I am still experimenting with this timing, as it doesn’t appear to be the same for different pots. It took ~1 hour to cook everything the last time I tried with our new pot. Just make sure your chicken is thoroughly cooked before eating!

    Step 7. Garnish with remaining scallions, pour the topping sauce on top, mix, and serve!

    If you like, you can also use the same chicken marinade to pan fry the chicken and serve with side dishes.

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