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Braised Chicken Wings with Black Mushrooms
Created by AndrewM, Monday, 28 December 2009

Description

This recipe is similar in concept to the "healing" properties of chicken soup, with the added benefit of black mushrooms to turn on cells in the immune system.

Ingredients
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Mushroom
Course
Main Ingredient
Cuisine
Style
Serves
4-5
  • 15 chicken wings, tips removed
  • 15 medium dried Chinese black mushrooms
  • 1 lb. (net) canned spring bamboo shoots (short & pale)
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 thumb ginger, peeled & julienne
  • 6 T. soy sauce
  • 4.5 C. water
  • 3 T. wine (sake, sherry, dry white wine)
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1 t. cornstarch paste
  • vegetable oil
  • A few cilantro leaves
Methods/steps
  1. Soak mushrooms in 1.5 C. warm water 30+ minutes until thoroughly soft. drain, trim stems off, cut caps in half.
  2. Marinate chicken wings in soy sauce 15 min., drain & dry, reserve soy sauce.
  3. Either deep fry the chicken wings or lightly coat with oil and bake at 425 F. until golden brown.
  4. Cut bamboo shoots into 2” x 1/2” spears.
  5. Heat 3 T. oil in wok. Stir fry scallions & ginger 30 sec. Add soy sauce, remaining water, wine, sugar and bring to simmer. Add chicken wings, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots.
  6. Partially cover and simmer ~ 20 min. or until water is reduced to 1 C. Add cornstarch paste and stir until thickened.
  7. Plate chicken wings down the center of a serving platter with the mushrooms on one side, bamboo shoots on the other, and the sauce over the top. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
Additional Tips

Lentinus edodes has been used for both food and medicine for over 2000 years in China. Modern studies have shown that shiitake mushrooms are beneficial for preventing high blood pressure and heart disease by reducing both Total & LDL cholesterol levels, building resistance to viruses including the common cold, and a potent extract boosts the immune system to fight diseases such as cancer, Hepatitis B, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lyme disease.

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