During CNY, longevity noodles is often served at our dinner table, as it symbolises "long life". To go with the noodles, we would usually make a braised meat or mushroom dish, as the braising sauce goes really well with the noodles.
This Braised chicken with Chinese mushrooms is a very easy dish to cook, we used chicken breast as it's leaner and healthier, however you may use other parts of the chicken if you please. Dried Chinese mushrooms symbolises longevity, while sugar snap peas and carrots symbolise family unity and good luck respectively, making this an auspicious dish to serve during the CNY period.
CNY Day 4 Spread
Braised chicken with Chinese mushrooms
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
200g chicken breast, cut into bite-sized chunks
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, peeled and quartered
8 Chinese mushrooms, soaked and stalks removed
6 thin slices old ginger
2 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 tsp ginger wine
1 1/2 tbsp mushroom sauce
A pinch of coarse black pepper
Salt, to taste
1/4 carrots, thinly sliced
6 sugar snap peas, ends trimmed
1. In a wok, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic, ginger and onion and stir fry for about 1 1/2 minutes, until garlic is lightly browned. Add the mushroom and saute for about 2 minutes, then add the chicken and cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
2. Add the water and bring to the boil. Add the mushroom sauce, ginger wine and coarse black pepper and braise for about 6-8 minutes until the chicken pieces are cooked through. Add the carrots and sugar snap peas and cook for a further minute. Season with more salt as necessary.
3. Serve with longevity noodles or rice.
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