Friday, September 25, 2015

Gingery Pumpkin Chicken

In our family, ginger (zingiber officinale) is often used as a herb to aid postpartum mothers in their recovery period during the first month. I remember grandmother cooking Tapai Chicken (Rice Wine Chicken) with a generous amount of ginger. Some of us have taken a great liking to it, and the dish is now a regular appearance on the dinner table all year round. I was taught to cook this in my teens.

It is mentioned in the book 'HERBSthat ginger has medicinal purposes. Soothing menstrual cramps is another one of its benefits.

I habitually use ginger in my cooking when I want a little spicy oomph in my meal that doesn't involve using the chilli. This is such a recipe.

Gingery Pumpkin Chicken

Gingery Pumpkin Chicken
- 335g chicken drumettes
- 350g pumpkin (cubed)
- 1/2 cup grated/blended old ginger (that's about 5-6 thumbs of ginger)
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce (or to taste)
- 1 tbsp corn flour (mixed with 1 tbsp water) (optional)
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 3 stalks spring onion (chopped)
- 2 cups water

1) Heat oil in pan.
2) Saute ginger for awhile. It will be quite dry.
3) Add chicken. Stir for a bit. Then, add the pumpkin.
4) Add water and oyster sauce. Mix well and leave to gently boil.
5) Simmer until the pumpkin is tender and the chicken is cooked. This took between 5-7 minutes for me.
6) Using the spatula, mash the pumpkin a little. Switch the heat off. Stir in the corn flour mixture to thicken the gravy slightly (optional).
7) Finally, stir the spring onion in.

1) Grated ginger. 2) Cubed pumpkin.
3) Rinsed chicken. 4) Sauteing ginger and chicken.
5) Adding pumpkin into the mix. 6) Season and leave to simmer.
7) It's done when the pumpkin is tender and chicken is cooked.

Yum with rice!

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  1. I made last time pumpkin's cookies, but with chicken it can be also great!

    1. Pumpkin cookies sound delicious! Happy you like pumpkin chicken as well. :D

  2. yum yum yum
    my mum likes to use ginger too in cooking :D

    1. It's adds oomph to a simple dish. That's why I love it! :D

  3. Love those colours, Sharon! I've a weakness for ginger & add lots to my cooking too. Simply love the scent! xoxo

    1. Thanks, Shirley! The vibrant colour is one of the reasons I love adding pumpkin to my cooking. ^.^

  4. My parents like using ginger too. This looks delicious.

  5. This is such an interesting dish Sharon, I have never had chicken with pumpkin, it sure sounds and looks delicious, especially with lot of ginger...

    1. Thanks, Juliana. Ginger, for me, is a great way to make food taste a little more exciting! :)

  6. o yes, I love gingery dishes. This is a great fall dish, Sharon.


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