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Steamed Golden Needle Chicken Recipe (金针酒鸡)

English Name : Steamed Golden Needle ChickenGolden Needle
Other English Name: Steamed Lily Buds Chicken
Simplified Chinese Name : 金针酒鸡 / 金针菇酒鸡
Mandarin Pin Yin : jin1 zhen1 jiu3 ji1 / jin1 zhen1 gu1 jiu3 ji1

The tangy taste of lily buds or golden needles combined with the sweet taste of rice wine gives this chicken dish a unique Chinese flavour.


2 chicken thighs – cut to bite-size pieces
1/2 cup golden needles or lily buds – washed and soaked 30 minutesSteamed Golden Needle Chicken2
1/2 cup cloud ears or tree ear fungi (using 1/4 cup dried – washed & soaked, 30 minutes till open up)
5 Chinese black mushrooms – stems discarded, washed & soaked 30 minutes or more till soft

Ingredients A
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1 tsp cornstarch
Dash of sesame oil.
Dash of white pepper

Ingredients B
1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp soy sauce

Ingredients C
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp water


Step1. Marinate chicken pieces with Ingredients A for 20 minutes.

Step2. Marinate black mushrooms with Ingredients B for 20 minutes.Steamed Golden Needle Chicken1

Step3. Cut away hard parts from cloud ears.

Step4. Break away hard ends from lily buds & tie each in a simple knot.

Step5. Mix chicken pieces with lily buds, cloud ears and black mushrooms with Ingredients C.

Step6. Steam over medium heat for 12 – 15 minutes.

Step7. If desired, drizzle 1/2 tsp of fried shallot oil over chicken. Ready to serve.