Crispy chicken with braised aubergine
This traditional Chinese chicken with braised aubergine is deliciously crunchy and sticky. Serve with plain fragrant rice for a bigger dinner.
For the crispy chicken
For the aubergine
- freshly steamed fragrant rice
To make the crispy chicken, lightly pound the thighs until they are evenly flat and place in a bowl.
Blend the rice wine, soy sauces, 3 spring onions and ginger until smooth. Pour into the bowl with the chicken. Stir in the honey, five-spice, peppercorns, black pepper, and salt. Leave to marinate for 45 minutes. Remove the chicken from the bowl and reserve the marinade.
Put the oil into a non-stick wok over a high heat until hot. Add the chicken thighs and cook on both sides side until dark, crispy and cooked through. This should take about 10 minutes.
To make the braised aubergine, heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat until hot. Add the oil and when slightly smoking, add the garlic, ginger and spring onions and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the aubergines and continue to stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the soy sauce, bean sauces, caster sugar, vinegar, peppercorns and stock. Turn the heat down and cook uncovered for 10–15 minutes until the aubergine is tender, stirring occasionally. Bring to the boil until the liquid has been reduced and has thickened slightly. Place aon a serving plate, scatter over the spring onions and keep warm.
Place a wok over a medium heat, add the reserved chicken marinade, sesame oil, spring onions and sugar, bring to the boil. Slice the chicken at an angle and arrange on a platter. Pour over the marinade and serve the dishes with the rice, if using.