Simple Foil-Wrapped Herbal Chicken (2 min prep time)

Quick CookMost modern people have little time and skills to cook healthy food. This herbal chicken takes only 2 minutes to prepare and almost fool-proof. Simply rub salt onto the chicken, stuff common chinese herbs into its cavity and wrap it with aluminium foil.

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Health & beauty benefits
These common herbs are use to regulate health and each of them have plenty of benefits. Red dates is most notable for nourishing blood, dang gui to enhance women’s reproductive system, goji berries for good eye-sight and hai zhu (solomon seal) for moist skin.

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Whole chicken, preferably free-range………. 1 piece
Sea salt……….1/2 tablespoon
Aluminium foil

Chinese herbs
red dates (hong zhao)……8 – 10 pcs
angelica roots (dang gui)…….about 8 pieces
goji berries (gou ji zhi/ kei chi)…….2 tablespoon
solomon seal (yu zhu/ yuk chuk)……a handful (We use hai zhu, premium version of solomon seal)

Notes: if you don’t have these herbs at home. Read ‘tips’ below.


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  1. Salt Rub sea salt onto the chicken. Don’t worry if the chicken is not salty enough. You can always season with soya sauce later.
  2. Herbs Stuff washed herbs into the cavity of the chicken.
  3. Wrap Carefully wrap chicken in aluminium foil. If the foil is not big enough, use two sheet to make a cross to wrap.
  4. Steam Steam chicken  in medium fire for half an hour. If the chicken is small, it will take less time. To test whether the chicken is cooked, poke it with something long and sharp like a bamboo skewer. If it’s not red, it should be cooked.

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  • Red dates, angelica roots, goji berries and solomon seal are some of the most commonly used chinese herbs and normally available at chinese household
  • If you don’t have the herbs, you don’t need to buy them separately. Go to the medicine stall and tell them to pack for you herbs for herbal chicken. Remember to specify it is not for black chicken and you want it to be light and not bitter.

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Do you have common chinese herbs at home?

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7 Responses to “Simple Foil-Wrapped Herbal Chicken (2 min prep time)”

  1. KY
    September 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    looks like a very simple recipe and a change from the usual pressure cooker herbal chicken soup that I do, will try this!

  2. Sara
    September 24, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    Hi KY! It’s really easy. Let me know how it turns out! Do you have a good recipe? Looking to make more use of the pressure cooker.

  3. Long
    December 14, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Hi Sara,

    u arent using rock salt.
    Wonder what wud the taste be
    What country are u from ?

    best wishes

  4. Sara
    December 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm #


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