Roasted Herbal Emperor Chicken 烘烤皇帝鸡

Updated: Feb 28


Roasted Herbal Emperor Chicken

This dish is, quite literally, fit for a king. This particular recipe produces a smooth, glistening herbal gravy that goes brilliantly well with steamed rice. Roasting the chicken instead of steaming like some recipe requires also imparts a more robust flavour to the chicken and sauce.

Apart from giving a wonderful aroma, the herbs in this dish are also great for strengthening the body.

In this article, we will also introduce to you the benefits of one of the main herbs in this recipe, Chinese angelica 当归.

Health and beauty benefits of roasted herbal emperor chicken

  • Replenish Qi and Blood, improve energy and support immunity

  • Improve complexion, moisturise skin, strengthen teeth and hair

Recipe

Ingredients (serves 4 people)

Whole chicken (1.2kg) Salt (to taste) Corn starch (2 tbsp)

Herbs: 当归 Dāng Guī (10g) 党参 Dǎng Shēn (10g) 北芪 Běi Qí (10g) 玉竹 Yù Zhú (10g) 龙眼肉 Lóng Yǎn Ròu (15g) 大枣 Dà Zǎo (8)

Directions

  1. Clean the chicken and remove excess fat, then season with salt and refrigerate.

  2. Wash all the herbs and cook them in 1L of water in a slow cooker/steamer/pot for 2 hours.

  3. After cooking, add corn starch into the cooked herbs and mix to make a herbal gravy.

  4. Place the chicken into the oven dish/pot and pour the herbal gravy onto the chicken.

  5. Cover the dish/pot with a cover or a sheet of aluminium foil and bake in the oven at 180℃ for 45min.

  6. Turn off the oven and leave the chicken inside for another 15min (This saves electricity while cooking the chicken with the residual heat)


Chinese Angelica

Angelica root is most well-known for its blood replenishing properties, and also as a highly useful herb for women.

Replenish blood

Angelica root is often used for those with insufficient Blood. Blood insufficiency may result in different symptoms such as dizziness, pale face and tongue, insomnia, forgetfulness, light or missing periods, etc.

Improve blood flow

Angelica root can also improve blood circulation and reduce pain. Since one of the reasons for pain in TCM is poor flow of qi and blood, improving the blood flow can thus help to reduce pain.

Regulate periods

Since irregular periods, missing periods and painful periods can often be attributed to insufficient blood or poor blood flow in TCM, Angelica root’s functions of replenishing blood and improving blood flow makes it a highly suitable herb for such conditions.

Beauty properties

Moisturise skin, promote rosy complexion, support healthy hair While Chinese angelica is often touted as the “no. 1 herb for women”, it is perfectly safe for consumption by men with blood deficiency or blood stagnation.




名副其实的御膳- 此皇帝鸡又浓又滑的肉汁配与白饭确实是天作之合的搭配。用烘烤的烹饪法将使鸡肉味道及药材汤汁比水蒸法更浓厚。

除了增加口味以外,皇帝鸡之药材也善于补身壮体。

此文章也将介绍本食谱其中主料当归之功效。

皇帝鸡皇帝鸡之养生及美容功效:

  • 补气养血,增加体力,提高抗病能力

  • 美肤,润肤,固齿,乌发

食谱

材料 (4人份)

鸡(1只,大约1.2kg)

盐(少许)

太白粉(2汤匙)


当归(10克)

党参(10克)

北芪(10克)

玉竹(10克)

龙眼肉(15克)

大枣(8枚)


烹饪法

  1. 鸡洗净,留皮去油,腌适量盐, 置冰箱后用。

  2. 将药材洗净, 放入电炖锅/蒸锅/锅,加入一公升水,煮2小时。

  3. 加太白粉入已煮好的药材汁,调均。

  4. 置鸡入锅,将药材与汁一起倒在鸡上,于锅盖或鋁箔紙盖锅入烤箱, 开180℃烤45分钟。

  5. 将鸡留在烤箱15 分钟后即可享用。

当归

当归补血之功能众所周知,也被称为妇科之要药。


补血

当归善于补血,适宜有头晕,面色淡白,舌淡,失眠,健忘,经闭,月经不调等之血虚人士。


活血

当归也能活血止痛。因中医认为许多疼痛均由气血不通而造成的,所以运用活血药来通血脉能有止痛之效。


调节月经

因月经不调,闭经及痛经都可与血虚血瘀有关,运用当归来补血活血可助于调节月经。


美容功效

当归能润肤,红颜及乌发生发。

虽然说当归是妇女之良药,但在有血虚血瘀之病情下,男性也非常适宜服当归。