Main Meals

Dan-dan chicken with braised peanuts and turnip pickle

40 minutes
30 minutes
Wine/Spirit Pairing
Fairview Shiraz

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  • For the braised peanuts:
  • 500 g raw peanuts
  • 1⁄2 cup soya sauce
  • 1⁄2 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 T palm sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 T sesame seeds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • For the turnip pickle:
  • 2 turnips, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 T rice vinegar
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 2 t palm sugar
  • 2 t fish sauce
  • 10 g coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • To make the chicken:
  • 4 free-range chicken thighs
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 2 t ginger, finely grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 3 dried chillies
  • 2 T dark soya sauce
  • 2 T oyster sauce
  • 1 T rice vinegar
  • 1⁄2 Chinese cabbage, roughly chopped and blanched in hot water
  • Vermicelli noodles, cooked according to package instructions, for serving
  • 50 g radish sprouts
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 50 g Woolworths crispy onion sprinkle, for serving

Place all the ingredients for the peanuts into a saucepan and bring to the boil, simmer for 30 minutes and allow to cool.

To make the turnip pickle, combine all the ingredients and allow to pickle while you cook the chicken.

To make the chicken, combine all the ingredients except the cabbage, noodles, sprouts, lime juice and onion sprinkle, coat the chicken and marinate for 30 minutes. Heat a pan over medium heat and sear the chicken until golden. Finish off in the oven at 180°C until cooked through.

Pour the peanuts and a little sauce over the chicken and serve with the turnip pickle, cabbage, noodles, sprouts, lime juice and onion sprinkles.

Cook's note: A Szechuan streetfood classic that’s easy to make at home. Dan-dan is the name of the pole that’s balanced on the shoulders by street vendors to carry their containers of noodles and sauce.

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Abigail Donnelly

Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly

Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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