Wednesday, August 6, 2008

easy chicken rice

My dear daughter,
For when you have an urge for pak chit kai (white boiled chicken) and chicken rice, today going to teach u how to make easy chicken rice in a rice cooker or micro-wave. Back home, mummy use a whole chicken and dunk it into a pot of boiling water, but I doubt you will be able to manage a whole chicken! So to make it easy for you, buy a couple of chicken whole thighs.

Easy Chicken rice.
2 - 3 pcs chicken whole thighs
2 cups of rice (washed)
2 pcs pandan leaves (if you don't have it, you can omit)
1 thumb size pc of ginger (crushed)

Place rice, ginger and pandan leaves in rice cooker. Add sufficient water. Place chicken on top of rice. Start the rice cooker. Wait till rice is cooked, keep warm for about 15 - 20 mins. and you have chicken rice. Remove chicken, cut it up, season with soy sauce and sesame oil.

Now if you are wondering how to tell whether the chicken is cooked? Use a fork, and poke it into the thickest part of the thighs (near the drumstick joint). If the liquid comes out clear, then the chicken is cooked. how to cut up the chicken. You probably would not have a cleaver, and then I doubt you would dare to wield one. Do like mum sometimes do. Use a pair of kitchen scissors like the one that I have at home to cut up the chicken. Not as neat as if you use a cleaver, but then ....

Actually, I find a pair of kitchen scissors rather handy in the kitchen. I even clean fish (easier than using a knife) or to snip chives, etc.

Ohh, yes, how much water in the rice? A rather easy way. The height of the water should about reach the first ridge of your middle finger. Some advocate the thickness of a person's palm. Of course, if you are using a electric rice cooker, your problem is solved. But then, the amount of water would also depends on the type of rice use.

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