Steamed Herbal Chicken

Hi Tinkerers! I’ve taken some time off from blogging and just kinda rested my brains off a little. It seemed rather un-blogger-y to not have posted something in conjunction to the New Year seeing as so many bloggers were on a posting frenzy. I guess I just needed a little break from the Internet and from the whole shebang.

But I’m back now in 2014 and boy, do I feel refreshed. 🙂 No, we didn’t go anywhere for the New Year but even then, I feel like loads happened in the past 2 weeks. Stuff that I’ll share later on as the months roll by but suffice to say for now, I am glad to be back.

Are you all working on your resolutions, feeling sentimental about the year gone by and trying to make this coming one better? I won’t say I am not doing the same but this year, I’ve set more achievable goals for myself and I really believe this year can be a better year for me. It all boils down to this one word: DISCIPLINE. I know, I know. Cliché. However, it’s one of the hardest things for me, be it spiritually, financially, house chores or even in blog updating. I’ve decided to take a more conscious approach when it comes to time management and not let minutes slip by like sand. We’ll see how that fares. haha!

That said, I’m glad for the year gone by and am eager to see what this year brings.

And so, for the very first recipe of 2014 on Tenacious Tinkering, I bring you a simple but nourishing recipe for Steamed Herbal Chicken. This goes in line with our desire to eat healthier and be more disciplined in stuff we put into our bodies. There will be failures (count on that) but as much as we can, we’re going to try to be better to these vessels God has put us in.

I call this herbal but really, it only uses really simple obvious herbs. Dried Chinese Yam (Huai Shan or 淮山), Goji Berries, Red Dates, Dried Scallops & Garlic.
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For the chicken, we season it with oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce & pepper.
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Which was exactly what I did.
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I prefer to soak the Chinese yam and scallops to get them softened before steaming. Just about 10 minutes.
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Once everything is ready for the bowl…
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Just mix it all together. I used my hands. You use anything you like. And then, steam over high heat!
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Now, look at that.
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The chicken released so much juices, it’s pure chicken broth in the bowl.
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Very nourishing and really good when you’re feeling a tad cold or under the weather.
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And the broth… sweet as nectar.
Seeing as January is a really cold month for many people out there (and here when it pours!), do give this very easy recipe a try. You can just as easily substitute ingredients that you can’t get. Ginger and carrots would go perfectly in this too!

Bundle up and keep warm, peeps.
Let’s all have a good and blessed 2014.


“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 517)

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Steamed Herbal Chicken
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
  • 2 Chicken Thighs, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 15 Red Dates (more or less depending on your preference)
  • 8 slices Dried Chinese Yam (Huai Shan)
  • 15 Dried Scallops
  • ¼ cups Goji Berries
  • 2 cloves Garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • ½ tbsp Soy Sauce
  • ground Black Pepper
  1. Bring your steamer up to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, soak scallops & Chinese yam in some water for 10 minutes.
  3. Place chicken pieces in a heatproof bowl. make sure bowl is large enough to contain juices that will run out. Add in fish sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce & pepper. Stir to coat chicken evenly.
  4. Drain scallop & Chinese yam. Toss in together with dates, goji berries & garlic slices.
  5. Once steamer is boiling, place bowl into steamer and steam on High for about 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked.
  6. Serve up immediate with rice!


  1. Happy New Year, Jayne! Here’s to a wonderful, productive and eventful 2014! I love that your word of the year is discipline… What a good word to really dial in and focus with! Also, this recipe sounds exactly like what I need right now, as I’ve got a bit of a cold/sore throat. Yum!

    • Happy New Year to you too, Erin! Ditto! Discipline has been a lifelong challenge for me but this year, I want to get better at it. A lot of things are changing in my life as I approach my 30s and I feel it’s high time to get my life sorted out one way or another. Hope you manage to make this or a variation of this steamed chicken! Guarantee to make you feel loads better. Get well soon!

      • Good for you for taking action with the discipline, girl! Like you, it’s been a challenge for me, too, and it feels nice to buckle down and focus in on what truly counts (and what doesn’t) as we get older. 🙂

        I haven’t made the chicken just yet, but I’m saving this recipe for a rainy day (or when I’m feeling under the weather again.) Hope you’re doing well today!

        • 🙂 It takes experience in life to realize what truly matters, right? I was recently reflecting on how much life has changed for me in the past 10 years. From a teenager to married life, to adulthood.. How our priorities and outlook truly changes.

          Hope you’ve recovered from your cold too! Have a great day.

          • Goodness. Isn’t that the truth? It really does. 🙂

            Thanks, lady! I’m feeling a bit better today. The weather has been all over the place for us, ranging from in the 20’s to the 60’s, so it makes sense that my immune system is running on overdrive. I hope the weather makes up its mind soon.

  2. I have lots of goji berries that I should be using before my mother in law finds them when she visits us next time (tee hee!)! This sounds very easy to make!


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