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
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)
Clean the chicken and remove excess fat, then season with salt and refrigerate.
Wash all the herbs and cook them in 1L of water in a slow cooker/steamer/pot for 2 hours.
After cooking, add corn starch into the cooked herbs and mix to make a herbal gravy.
Place the chicken into the oven dish/pot and pour the herbal gravy onto the chicken.
Cover the dish/pot with a cover or a sheet of aluminium foil and bake in the oven at 180℃ for 45min.
Turn off the oven and leave the chicken inside for another 15min (This saves electricity while cooking the chicken with the residual heat)
Angelica root is most well-known for its blood replenishing properties, and also as a highly useful herb for women.
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.
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.
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.