Xin Cooks: Garlic Chicken on a Bed of Cabbage Recipe

by xin on March 14, 2012

Hello beauties 😉

Taking a break from the usual beauty post, from now on, once in a while I will share a cooking recipe that I have experimented.

I hope some of you foodies will enjoy reading this 😉 It will be a midweek post, just in case if you are thinking of a recipe to try over the weekend 😀

For this Garlic Chicken with Cabbage recipe, you will need:

Serves 5-6 pax, you can reduce the ingredients accordingly.

a. Two pieces of boneless chicken thigh, de-vein them properly too so they will not curl up and shrink too much in hot oil.
b. 8-10 pieces of peeled garlic and chop them in chunks.
c. Shredded cabbage.

marinated chicken

For marination, it’s better than you season the meat at least 30 mins prior to cooking. If possible, prepare it a few hours before hand is even better to enhance the flavor! To season, use light soy sauce, sesame oil, a little bit of salt, some ground pepper, and Chinese wine. I usually just go with the guts with the amount of the seasoning.  Make sure the meat is coated evenly, place some spring onions and ginger slices as a base of the meat.

chicken in hot oil

1. When you are ready to cook, lightly pat the meat dry with a kitchen towel to avoid oil splashing up. Then heat up the wok with oil, and then place the chicken with skin downwards in the wok. This allows longer cooking time for the chicken before they are burnt. Switch the fire to medium and cover the wok with lid. This will protect you from the hot oil splattering you!

chicken in stock

2. After about 4 mins, flip the meat over once you see the skin is brown, or in this case, slightly burnt. Cover with lid again and let it cook for another 3 mins.

3. Remove the chicken, let it cool and chop it into bite sizes.

chicken fried

4. Drain the oil, and add some hot water into the wok to let the meat simmer in the water for another 2 mins. Remove the chicken, then drizzle the remaining gravy on the shredded cabbage on plate, this will give flavoring to the cabbage 😀 talk about one stone 2 birds eh?


5. Now, clean the wok and heat up some oil again, throw in the garlic chunks and add the chicken. Stir fry it for a while, then add hot water again. If the meat is not thoroughly cooked yet, this is the best time to let it cook under the lid. When you notice that the gravy has reduced, add about a spoon of wine again to boost the flavor, you can add in some salt too if it’s not salty enough already.

chicken done

6. Last step? Remove the chicken and serve it on the bed of cabbage earlier with the remaining gravy. The cabbage would have soaked up the gravy earlier, together with the flavorful garlic. All you need is a bowl of rice to go with it.

It’s a little complicated, but the effort is definitely worth it 😉  Hands up if you enjoy cooking too!


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Paris B March 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

Yay for cooking posts! 😀 Sounds like an absolutely delish recipe. I have one where I just simmer chicken with LOADS of garlic and chinese rice wine. mmmm…. 😀
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xin March 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm

love the chinese rice wine! can just jazz up everything 😉
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rinnah March 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

You make me hungry for home-cooked food now. >.<
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xin March 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Outside food is good, but still can’t beat the comfort of home cooked eh? 😀
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beetrice March 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

yum yum, love the cooking post! 😀 so I can come by around 7pm tonite for dinner right? 😉
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xin March 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

LOL 😛 welcome to come
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Vivi March 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm

how could you do this to me?! I’m in the office and I’ve just taken lunch — now I’m hungry again! XD
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xin March 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm

^5 for another hungry buddy!
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gio March 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Looks delicious! You’re making me hungry lol.
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xin March 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

get some food 😀
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lyn March 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Mmmm…. So yummy! I’m still stuck in a meeting and am so hungry after looking at your pics!
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Nikki March 15, 2012 at 10:38 am

Wow Xin! that looks super yummy! I want to grab the food on my screen and take a bite!!! Cook me some!!! 😀
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Lily March 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

OMG. That looks absolutely lovely =)
I gotta give it a try…
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