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How to Make Delicious Chestnut Braised Chicken at Home? - Microwave Recipes

How to Make Delicious Chestnut Braised Chicken at Home?

Q: Can I use frozen chicken for this recipe?
A: Yes, but it needs to be blanched first.

Q: How do I know when the sugar color is right for step 2?
A: The sugar should be melted and turn a brown color.

Q: Is it necessary to peel the chestnuts before cooking?
A: Yes, boil them for 10 minutes and then peel.

Q: Can I skip adding soy sauce if I prefer a lighter color?
A: Yes, but it will affect the final flavor and color of the dish.

Chestnut Braised Chicken


  • Fresh small rooster or three-yellow chicken, 1 piece (about 1kg)
  • Fresh chestnuts, 20 pieces
  • Fresh ginger, 6 slices
  • Garlic cloves, 5
  • Garlic scapes, 1 bunch
  • Rock sugar, 8 pieces
  • Salt, to taste
  • Light soy sauce, 2 tablespoons
  • Dark soy sauce, 1 tablespoon
  • Oyster sauce, ½ tablespoon
  1. Prepare the chicken: Chop into pieces, soak to remove blood, and drain. Boil chestnuts with a slit for 10 minutes, then cool in water for easy peeling. Slice ginger and chop garlic scapes.
  2. Fry sugar: Heat oil in a pan, add rock sugar, and cook until it melts and turns brown.
  3. Cook chicken: Stir-fry the drained chicken. If using frozen chicken, blanch first.
  4. Add ginger and continue to stir-fry.
  5. Mix in light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and oyster sauce, then add enough boiling water to cover the chicken. Cook on high heat for 5 minutes, then simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Add a pinch of salt and the chestnuts, and continue to simmer for another 20 minutes.
  7. Finish with high heat to reduce the sauce, adding garlic scapes towards the end.
  8. Serve the aromatic chestnut braised chicken.
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  • Rich in protein from the chicken.
  • Contains vitamins and minerals from chestnuts and garlic scapes.
  • Moderate in carbohydrates, primarily from chestnuts and sugar.