Let’s kick it up a notch AND keep it simple.
Yesterday I bought a small organic chicken. It cost $10.
Wash the chicken thoroughly, remove sack of giblets and neck if there and pat it dry with paper towel or dish towel. Next salt it liberally with coarse salt/kosher salt.
In a large pan set your self up a steamer basket. If you have a large (metal) mesh colander that will work also. (it’s what I used). Next add sake and water in a 1 to 1 ratio.
Make sure your liquid does not come above your steamer basket. So that when you lay the chicken in it, the chicken does NOT rest in liquid.
Turn up the heat to high, when you see the liquid starts giving of some initial steam, place your chicken in the steamer basket/colander. Now turn your burner to medium (5 0r 6 if your burner dial goes to 10) and cover with lid.
In about 45 minutes you will have the most succulent, decadent tasting chicken you have tasted in a long long time. After 15 minutes check your pan and make sure there is enough liquid left. Add some if necessary. The easiest way to have it come out perfect is to check it with a thermometer. When it reaches 160-165 degrees you’re good to go and it will be cooked uniformly. USDA guidelines quote 165-175 for poultry but I find that is slightly overcooked and you will end up with a dry piece of chicken.
Careful, it will be hot. You can save the left over liquid and reduce it down for some extra sauce, but be careful using to much of it as it will be salty from the juice of the chicken which you salted. Once reduced down, add a few drips (1 tbl spoon) of heavy cream to give the “sauce” some extra depth if you want to.
While the chicken was steaming, I boiled a few smaller (3) organic sweet potatoes. When done, drain and put in a bowl. Chop about 4 scallions (green onions) and add to the bowl. Mash it up and together. I added the following. 1 and a half table spoons of home made cream cheese with a dab of wasabi and soy sauce. Mix together and add to the sweet potatoes.
Home made cream cheese is so simple to make. Buy yourself some good quality organic and full fat yogurt. Line a colander with paper towel or cheese cloth, put a glass bowl underneath it and let it drip and catch all the beautiful liquid whey. After a few hours you will be left with delicious home made cream cheese and a bottle of liquid gold. If you ever suffer from a tummy ache, you can drink little sips of the liquid whey, it’s powerful home made medicine.
The chicken comes out looking like this. Make sure you try the skin, even though not crispy like we all enjoy, the taste and texture is unreal.
For the sake, just buy a bottle of the cheap stuff. At ABC Liquor (U.S based) I buy a big jug of it for 15 bucks. Great to have in the pantry for cooking. Do you have a World Market near you? Surprisingly, they have a good selection of Sake and the prices are right.
Hit me up with some comments if you make this. Of course you can make it with bone in quarters of chicken also if you don’t want to buy a whole chicken. Very curious how you like it.
Think good thoughts…it’s important. Have you ever noticed how people seem to embody what they talk about most?? Talk about who you want to be, who you imagine yourself to be.