Asian Steamed Chicken

    1 hour 5 minutes

    This steamed chicken is delicious, easy and healthy. This is a popular way of preparing chicken in Southeast Asian countries.

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    Serves: 2 

    • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
    • 2 tablespoons salt for rubbing
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 100ml light soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons (40ml) sesame oil
    • 2 sprigs coriander, roughly chopped

    Preparation:35min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Place chicken and salt in a bowl. Evenly rub salt into chicken. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
    2. Rinse chicken and place in a pot fitted with a steamer over water. Bring the water to a boil, and steam chicken until juices run clear, about 30 minutes.
    3. Heat vegetable oil in a frypan over medium heat. Stir in onion and cook until tender. Mix in garlic, and cook about 1 minute. Stir in soy sauce and sesame oil, and remove from heat. Scoop over the chicken to serve. Garnish with the coriander.

    Nutrition note

    The sodium amount listed in the nutrition for this recipe does not include the 1 cup salt, much of which is rinsed off in Step 2.

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    Good simple recipe. Id never steamed a chook before and I think I'm a bit of a convert. I didn't use a cup of salt(!?) for the rub - more like a couple of tablespoons. Not sure if I missed anything there - it still tasted great! Thanks  -  30 Jul 2009


    Altered ingredient amounts. Used less than half the salt  -  30 Jul 2009


    Was very good. I used chicken stock instead of water and I put whole onions and garlic cloves in the steamer basket to help flavor the meat. I served it withe roasted vegetables and rice. Tasted fantastic!  -  10 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)