Dashi-Braised Chicken with Root Vegetables
Products:4 boneless, skin-on chicken thighs
1⁄4 cup sake
1⁄4 cup soy sauce
1⁄4 cup canola oil
1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1\" pieces
8 medium shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded
2 medium turnips, peeled and cut into 1\" pieces
2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1\" pieces
1 carrot, cut into 1\" pieces
4 scallions, 2 minced, 2 thinly sliced on an angle
1 (1\") piece ginger, peeled and grated
2 cups ichiban dashi
2 tbsp. mirin
Kosher salt, to taste
2 tsp. sesame seeds, lightly toasted, for garnish (optional)
Method of preparation:1. Rub chicken with half each of the sake and soy sauce in a bowl; cover with plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes.
2. Heat oil in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high. Cook chicken, flipping once, until browned, 8–10 minutes. Using tongs, transfer chicken to a bowl; set aside. Add onion to pan; cook until soft, 6–8 minutes. Add mushrooms, turnips, potatoes, and carrot; cook until vegetables are just tender, 15–18 minutes. Stir in remaining sake, the minced scallions, and the ginger; cook 2 minutes. Add dashi; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; add reserved chicken and its juices, the mirin, and salt. Cook, slightly covered, until chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Divide chicken between 4 shallow bowls and ladle soup over top; garnish with sliced scallions and, if you like, toasted sesame seeds.
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