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Monday comfort: Chinese no clay-pot chicken with soy and ginger (aka the recipe with the longest, most descriptive name)

I was planning on going to the gym after work today, but the fact that I had an hour to kill between the end of work and the start of a *choreographed* (read: impossible) class meant that I decided to exercise my culinary muscles instead.

(Photo from The Kitchn)

I pinned this recipe a long time ago from one of the few blogs I still read on a semi-regular basis, The Kitchn. Honestly, I’ve made a few of their recipes that I would never make again, but there are a few gems that are epic (here and here and here). Thankfully, this is one of them.

This came together pretty easily and quickly; the most annoying thing was standing in line at the organic food store for the shiitake mushrooms. Stoked to eat this for lunch tomorrow! 

The Kitchn’s Chinese No Clay-Pot Chicken with Soy and Ginger (reproduced from here)

Serves 6

1/4 cup soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 boneless chicken breasts, about 1 pound, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 scallions, roughly chopped, plus extra to serve
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-inch piece fresh ginger, roughly grated
2 ounces smoked sausage, such as Chinese lapchang or good Italian salami, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
10 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, caps thinly sliced
1 tablespoon canola or peanut oil
2 cups Chinese long grain rice
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups chicken stock

Heat the oven to 350°F. Whisk together the soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and cornstarch in a medium bowl. Stir in the chicken, scallions, garlic and ginger, and toss so that they are coated with the liquid. Place this mixture in the refrigerator and let marinate for at least 15 minutes while you cook the mushrooms.

Place an oven-safe pan, like a 3-quart Dutch oven, over medium high heat on the stove. When it is hot, add the sausage and turn the heat down to medium-low. Let the sausage slowly release its fat. When the bottom of the pot is slick with the sausage fat, add the mushrooms. Turn the heat back up to medium high heat and let the mushrooms cook, without stirring them, for 5 minutes. Flip them over and cook for another 3 minutes.

Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pot, and sauté the rice briefly to develop some toasty flavor (you don’t want to brown the rice here, just sauté it for 1 minute or so), then add the salt and the chicken mixture from the fridge. Pour in the stock. Bring to a boil.

Turn off the heat, cover with a lid or with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Make sure to taste the rice for doneness before taking it out of the oven. I like my rice a little chewier; some might want it more cooked. Let stand 5 minutes, covered, before serving. Stir up the rice before serving, as the chicken and mushrooms will have risen to the top during baking. Stir thoroughly so that they are incorporated throughout the rice.

Garnish with chopped scallions and serve with extra soy sauce and chili garlic sauce, if desired.

If you start to forget who you are this week, if you start to forget how to live, try to see yourself through other people. Try to see yourself through the friends who believe in you most. Try to see the ways you glow and shine in other people’s eyes. There are so many ways to live and so many ways to see; spend your days with people who help you remember this. You can rebuild your confidence. You can relearn how to love your own self. You can remember the magic in your bones and the light in your heart.

Via here.

10 things that made me happy, part 111

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1. Getting to say “over it” to so many things, not the least being: belting.

2. I took in my first Calgary International Film Festival movie, Preggoland, and it was awesome. 

3. Impromptu Sunday evening patio-ing with L, J, and M.

4. After work Friday drinks with K at Craft is *always* amazing.

5. A full week of gym time, which really feels quite awesome.

6. Getting to spend an evening enjoying bread, cheese, charcuterie, and live performance art with M. I’m gonna miss you, girl!

7. Crunchy fall leaves and getting to wear boots again.

8. Planning my trip to Nashville with L, which is coming up in less than 3 weeks!! :D

9. A Manhattan and some Frank Sinatra at Vintage.

10. My fabulous friends: you guys are da bomb.

Thursday: Link Love

This is a week for trusting your skin and your guts, it’s a week for trusting the borders of your self, it’s a week for trusting the thing you know to be true. You don’t have to believe anything cruel and you don’t have to believe anything that rings heavy and false. You don’t have to be open to anyone who doesn’t care about you; you don’t have to be open to anyone who doesn’t want to see you grow into your best and happiest and most generous self.

Ain’t nobody got time for meaningless friendships, so says Madame Clairevoyant.

10 things that made me happy, part 110

1. I woke up at 5:30am for an early meeting this week and survived! 

2. The Mindy Project is back! And if it wasn’t such a large file, I might have used this gif in the header instead of Penny. #diamondDan

3. Catching up with my girl F after way too long!

4. Tuesday doubles at Heavens Fitness are back! 

5. I’ve kept to my blogging schedule pretty decently this week — I’ve missed you guys!

6. I had an amazing leisurely lunch with my mom at Boxwood last weekend. I know it’s not new, but I really enjoyed the atmosphere, the sun, the food, the service… Perfect weekend lunch locale!

7. I had nicoise twice this week, and both times with fabulous company :)

8. Warmth and sunshine, i.e., no snow!

9. I baked muffins and cookies for M’s day-long meetings and it brought me back to my undergrad and early days as a dietitian (ironically?).

10. Getting to walk through Calgary’s gorgeous downtown to my job everyday is amazing. Thankful :)

There are thing you’ve been working to let go and there are things you’ve been meaning to let go and there are things that you haven’t even noticed hanging over your head, weighing heavy in all your bags and your pockets. There are things that have been taking up too much space in your heart. This is a week for clearing out some space for yourself. You can drop some of this heaviness, and you can be brave enough to carry the rest. Have your friends over for dinner. Fill your dreams with light.

Shake it off, Pisces. ~Madame Clairevoyant