Soy sauce poached chicken with ginger and spring onion oil

Soy-sauce chicken with ginger and spring onion oil

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Begin by removing the parson's nose from the chicken by slicing across the base of the backbone. Locate the wishbone with your fingertips. Once you have found it poke a small paring knife in through either side of the bone and pull it out with your fingers. Rub the salt all over the skin of the chicken
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Next make the poaching liquid. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a stockpot over a medium-high heat. Add the sliced ginger and spring onion then stir-fry until the ginger is golden brown and slightly crispy
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Once the ginger is golden brown, add the star anise, cinnamon and cloves to the oil and cook for a further minute. Once you start to smell the aroma of the spices, increase to a high heat then add both the soy sauces, the Shaoxing wine and the sugar. Bring the sauce to a boil and stir to melt and caramelise the sugar. Pour the chicken stock into the pan and bring to the boil
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Carefully place the chicken in the pot and top up with boiling water from the kettle, so that the chicken is completely covered. Cover with a lid and simmer on a medium heat for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat but leave the chicken in the hot stock with the lid on for 40 minutes
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While the chicken is resting in the stock, make your ginger and spring onion oil. Place the finely chopped ginger, spring onions and salt into a small serving bowl and mix together. In a small frying pan heat the vegetable oil until smoking hot. Pour it over the ginger and spring onions so it sizzles. Mix well and set aside
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Once the chicken is ready, carefully remove it from the pan, reserving the cooking liquid. Submerge the bird in a separate pot of cold water for 2 minutes – this keeps the skin firm and moist. Drain the chicken and set aside for 10 minutes
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This dish is traditionally served at room temperature with the chicken sliced and jointed but laid out like a puzzle, so it resembles the whole bird on the plate. Serve with the ginger and spring onion oil on the side
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