Fast Food At It's Best ~ Cantonese Style Clay Pot Chicken with Kale
Some evenings nothing sounds better than a one dish meal that can be put together in about 30 minutes and still be called heartwarming.
On such evenings, nothing hits the spot like 'Claypot' .
Clay pot cooking which is hugely popular in Asian cuisine, involves cooking a selection of meat, vegetables and sauces in a clay pot. The clay pot is soaked in water so it releases steam during the cooking process.
Such pots are easily purchased at the Asian store for $10-15 depending on the size. The meat remains moist and tender and is cooked in its own juices. If you don't have a clay pot, feel free to use a dutch oven, clay brazier or in a pinch, heavy bottomed saute pan with a tight lid.
Having lived in Singapore for many years, we yearn for authentic Asian food to which we are addicted I adore just about every clay pot creation there is - including those with tripe!
This here devoid of exotic ingredients is still wonderful in its flavor and depth.
Using chicken thighs (boneless and skinless) is a must for moist meat and I have replaced the more traditional leafy Choy sum with kale. After all, can we have enough kale in our diet? Go antioxidants, vitamins and cardio-vascular health!
Couple of things to note before you set off, this dish will not keep well and the kale will discolor and turn limp if not served immediately off the stove. So be sure to have your steamed rice ready to serve before beginning on the clay pot.
Important tips for using your Clay Pot for the first time:
When you first purchase your unglazed or partially glazed clay pot from the Asian store, it is very important to immerse it completely in water for 24 hours before using.
This is to seal its pores otherwise the clay pot will adsorb all the oil and water throughout the cooking process and also runs the risk of cracking under heat.