Saturday, June 18, 2011

Steamed Whole Chicken for Dad

Tomorrow is Father's Day. My dad doesn't really cook, but he enjoys food nonetheless.

I was browsing through old photos and found pictures of my dad on Father's Day a couple of years back. I made Steamed Chicken for dinner. Not only is this delicious, it's easy to make as well. You can leave the chicken to steam while you do something else. You don't have to watch it too much as it cooks. Yummy and fuss-free!

Here's the recipe so you can make it for your dad for Father's Day, too.

Steamed Whole Chicken
Steamed Whole Chicken
adapted from Tyler Florence's recipe

1 whole chicken, about 3 to 4 pounds, butterflied
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 (2-inch) piece of ginger, julienned
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 cup chopped spring onions
cabbage, for lining the steamer

1. Combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, peanut oil, garlic and half of the ginger. Marinate the chicken in this mixture for at least an hour or overnight in the fridge.
2. Pour at least an inch of water into a pot. Add half of the spring onions and the remainder of the ginger to the pot and bring to boil. 
3. Line the bottom of the steamer with a layer of the cabbage leaves. Place the butterflied chicken on top of the leaves. Cover and place on top of the pot. Steam for 40 minutes to an hour, or until the juices run clear and the chicken is cooked through.
4. Remove the chicken and place on a serving platter. Garnish with the remaining spring onion.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, especially to my dad! Lots of love! :)

A much younger me with my daddy :)

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