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Tea and Cassia Bark Smoked Chicken















Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber


4 pounds chicken
2 ½ tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons peppercorns
½ teaspoon ginger
2 medium scallions, spring or green onions
4 slices ginger
cup sugar
cup rice
7 slices orange zest
1 ½ teaspoons vegetable oil
½ pound onions
3 ½ tablespoons sugar
teaspoon red pepper flakes
teaspoon peppercorns
3 each garlic


Remove the kidneys nestled to either side of the chicken tail bone, then flush the chicken with cold water inside and out - then pat dry.

Heat the salt and peppercorns in a dry skillet over a medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until salt turns off white and peppercorns are very fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Grind the hot mixture to a powder in a food processor or mortar, then sieve to remove peppercorn husks.

Rub pepper-salt, ginger, and orange peel over the outside and inside of the chicken.

Put the chicken, breast-side up in a heat-proof pie plate, and cover with plastic film.

Set aside for 24 hours at room temperature or up to 48 hours in the refrigerator.

Drain the marinating juices.

Smash the scallion lengths and ginger coins to release the juices, then array on top of the chicken and in the cavity.

Steam for 30 minutes over medium-high heat.

Let the chicken rest in the steamer an additional 5 minutes before removing the lid.

Drain the steaming juices. Remove the scallion and ginger.

Line an old wok and lid with super heavy-duty tin foil.

Combine the tea, sugar, rice, peppercorns, anise, cassia bark and dried orange peel, and scatter in the bottom of the lined wok.

Place the chicken breast side up on the oiled smoking rack in the wok set above spices.

Turn heat to high, wait until smoke sends up several thick plumes, then cover wok and crimp foil shut to contain the smoke.

Smoke the chicken over medium-high heat, for 12 minutes, then turn off the heat and let the chicken rest in the sealed wok for 7 minutes.

Remove the bird, brush with sesame oil, then chop into pieces with a thick-bladed cleaver designed to cut through bones.

Garnish the smoked chicken with Hunan Red Onion Pickles.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 595g (21.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 109129% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 404mg 135%
Sodium 4759mg 198%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Sugars g
Protein 268g
Vitamin A 7% Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 12% Iron 39%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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