When it comes to eating chicken wings, what is your style? Buffalo or honey BBQ? Would you tried the claypot style that is invigorated with goji berries and ginseng? I have been thinking about an unique chicken recipe so keep reading, you may be in for a big surprise.
Adding goji berries and ginseng kicks these chicken wings into a savory high-octane, nutrient-packed chow that may give you the wings you need to zoom through your hectic day.
“What are they?” More details are in kitchen notes below.
As the temperature dips, claypot is very popular on many Chinese menus. These Chinese chicken wings are easy and comforting. Since clay pot dishes are fast to prepare, mastering them may save you lots of time in the kitchen this fall and winter.
Recipe serves 4
- 1 ½ Tablespoon (25 ml) canola oil
- 5 garlic cloves, gently smashed and peeled
- 1 lb (450 to 500 gm) chicken wings
- 1 cup (240 ml) shao hsing wine or rice wine
- 2 teaspoon (10 gm) salt
- 1 Tablespoon (15 gm) cornstarch
- 1 cup (250 ml) green onion, separate white and green parts, cut white parts into ½ inch sections, finely chop the green parts
- Optional, A few pieces of dried tangerine peel (Chen Pi), pre-soaked for at least 1 hour
- ¼ cup (60 gm) dried goji berries, pre-soaked for at least 1 hour
- ¼ cup (60 gm) dried American ginseng root, sliced, pre-soaked for at least 1 hour
- 6 dried shiitake mushrooms, pre-soaked with 2 cups of water for at least 1 hour, stems removed, save 1 cup of soaking liquid.
- ¼ cup (60 ml) soy sauce
- ¼ cup (60 ml) oyster sauce
Heat a wok to medium heat. Add canola oil, 3 garlic cloves, chicken wings, wine and salt to brown for 10 to 15 minutes. Toss or stir the wings vigorously every 5 minutes or so. As the wings caramelize and turn golden, toss wings with corn starch. Remove from wok and set aside. Discard garlic.
Heat a clay pot to medium heat, brush in ½ tablespoon canola oil. Saute white parts of green onion, 2 garlic cloves, goji berries, tangerine peel and ginseng for 30 seconds. Add chicken wings, soaking liquid from the shiitake mushrooms. Cover and stew for 30 to 40 minutes. Add salt to season. Sprinkle the green parts of the green onion and the dish is ready to serve. Pair this up with some Kimchi fried rice to make a satisfying meal.
- To save time, you may pre-soak some of the ingredients and fry the chicken wings ahead of time.
- Many herbalists believe that goji berries can improve blurred vision and promote longevity. Recently, they have been found to be rich in antioxidants. Some believe that they may be useful in diabetes, high blood pressure and poor circulation, but more studies are needed.
- These berries are gaining popularity in the West. They are now available as raisin snacks, chocolate covered, extract in capsules, juice and powder. You will find them in an Asian grocery store, or Chinese medicine shop. Also, click here to see the type I used in this recipe from Amazon.
- American ginseng is used for stress and as a general tonic and stimulant. Some evidence suggests that it can be used to fight colds and flu. For people with type 2 diabetes, it may lower blood sugar after a meal. American ginseng have different medicinal purposes from Siberian and Asian (Panax) ginseng. Therefore, don’t get these varieties confused.
- These roots are available as whole root, sliced and capsules. They are also found in tea bags and energy drinks. You will find them in a Chinese herbal store. Also, you can click here to order from Amazon.
As this unique chicken recipe gets your attention on goji berries and ginseng, explore them! Check here for some grocery coupons and go shopping. I hope you have a lot of fun making this chicken wings dish.
- WebMD – Goji Berries: Health Benefits and Side Effects
- Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Lycium (Goji): Monograph.”
- Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Ginseng, American: Monograph.”
- Product information and user’s review courtesy of Amazon.
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