Recipe: Steamed Chicken Thigh with Essence of Chicken (鸡精蒸滑鸡腿)

As far back as I can remember, one thing I will not miss out on giving my children during their examination periods was Essence of Chicken!! By giving them a dosage of this magical essence, it somehow gave me the assurance and satisfaction that I have helped them to achieve better results!!

In recent days, I have been feeling fatigue and I decided to cook this dish to combat my “overworked” body!! I added in red dates to replenish iron and promote blood circulation and wolf-berries for good eyesight. Well, well it seems to work on me and I certainly felt more energetic today. Maybe I should cook it more often!

Which do you prefer? Drinking the Essence of Chicken straight from the bottle or use it for cooking? Personally, I prefer to use it for cooking. Just to let you in on a secret, I always thought my children were so brave to be able to drink the essence straight from the bottle.

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Serves 3 to 4 persons


2 medium drumsticks with thigh, chopped into large pieces

1-inch of old ginger, julienned

3 Chinese mushrooms, rinsed and soaked until soften, cut into strips

6 red dates, stones removed

15g dried black fungus, rinsed and soaked until soften, cut into broad strips

2 bottles of essence of chicken

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Dash of pepper

½ teaspoon salt

1 – 2 teaspoons superior light soya sauce


  1. In a mixing bowl, add in the chopped chicken, Chinese mushroom strips, sesame oil, ginger, corn starch, one bottle of essence of chicken, salt and light soy sauce. Then mix well. Set aside to marinate for at least an hour or more in the fridge.
  2. In a steaming dish, add the black fungus strips and then the marinated chicken.
  3. Then sprinkle the goji berries and add the red dates to the chicken.
  4. Steam under high heat for 15-20 min or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  5. Remove the steamed chicken from the stove, then pour the other bottle of chicken essence over the chicken.
  6. Serve immediately.

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Hi! My name is Josephine Go. I blog at in a segment called Mummy’s Kitchen. I love to use fresh and natural ingredients in my cooking to promote healthy eating. Some of my recipes may not be in line with the traditional methods of cooking to the extent that some of the ingredients are different, but hopefully new recipes are being created in my style. I certainly hope that what I do will help guide kitchen first-timers on how to cook their first meal as well as further equip kitchen veterans with new recipes. My loving husband and two wonderful children are my best guinea pigs and critics. They have enjoyed (or endured) the food that has been served to them for all these years. Mind you, I did not know how to cook or ever knew that I could cook till I got married. So there is hope for everyone. If I can cook, you can cook. You will not know how good or talented you are until you put your hand in the plough.

One thought on “Recipe: Steamed Chicken Thigh with Essence of Chicken (鸡精蒸滑鸡腿)

  1. Wow! This can be my confinement dish in april!

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