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Stewed Chicken with Goji Berries and Shitake Mushroom

Last week I visited RITA blog and what caught my attention is she braised chicken mushroom.It's been a while since I cook chicken mushroom.When I talk to my mom 2 weeks ago ,she did suggest to me to cook chicken and mushroom with extra gravy for Mishu .Last month I bought 2 pound of shitake mushroom from Chinatown and I think it's good idea to make this healthy and simple meal for dinner.My mom gave me some wolfberries when I return from Malaysia.Mishu love wolfberries and it's good for eyes sight accordingly to the herbalist.Wolfberries (枸杞子 Gou Qi Zi in Mandarin) are also called “Fructus Lycii Wolfberries” or “Goji Berries”. They look like bright red raisins, don’t they? Wolfberries are considered a “yin” tonic, a cooling herb.Wolfberries have long played important roles in traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where they are believed to enhance immune system function, improve eyesight, protect the liver, boost sperm production and improve circulation, among other effects.
I like to cook meat with pressure cooker .The advantage of using pressure cooker that it is fast and clean beside saving your green dollar.The cooking time is just about 15 minutes and you don't have much clean up to do.I strongly suggest every household should get a pressure cooker if you cook meat and soup regularly.You can save time, save propane /electricity and preserve the flavor of your delicate dish.


8 pc chicken thigh

2 inch ginger(sliced)

6 cloves garlic(smash)

15 mushroom(soaked ,remove the stump and cut)

1/4 cup wolf berries

1/4 cup Shaoxing 绍 兴 cooking wine

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp oil


1:Wash and clean chicken thigh.Soaked and cut each mushroom to 2 pieces .Wash goji berries ,peel garlic and sliced ginger,set all the prepare ingredients on the side.

2:Heat oil in pressure cooker at high heat ,add in ginger and garlic,fry until fragrant .Add in gojiberries ,chicken ,mushroom,wine,salt,sugar,soy sauce and sesame oil.Close the lid and let it stewed for 15 minutes.

3:Removed the pressure cooker from heat .Let the heat and pressure released slowly by removing the top knot.Serve warm with rice.


Do not add water,because chicken tend to have water retention.Furthermore,cooking with pressure cooker have the advantage of getting your dish extra gravy.Trust me the liquid level will remain the same or maybe more than you expected.The meat is really tender and soft.You can adjust the salt and soy sauce accordingly to your taste.

I submitted my entry to Weekend Herb Blogging at archanaskitchen .See you yea! enjoy!



Anonymous said...
July 19, 2008 at 11:50 AM

We don't have a pressure cooker and it's something that we've been contemplating buying. I love the idea that food can be done in 15 minutes. Really cuts down on the energy costs. Hmmm. . .

Chicken in mushroom is always good, and I've never seen it with goji berries before. Interesting!

Anonymous said...
July 20, 2008 at 8:56 AM

I love gojiberries but I only used it for soup. I should put it in my cooking the next time. Thanks for the idea.

Anonymous said...
July 20, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Thanks for the idea of putting wolfberries in other dishes besides soup and red/black dates drink.

Anonymous said...
July 20, 2008 at 1:48 PM

Looks good! I needed to incorporate the goji berries in my stir-fry dishes but always forget.

Anonymous said...
July 20, 2008 at 2:09 PM

These pics are KILLING the good way that is :D Scrumptious! I'll have to look for these berries.

Anonymous said...
July 21, 2008 at 4:52 AM

i want pressure cooker for bday/xmas/valentine/new year/flag day...any day T_T

Anonymous said...
July 21, 2008 at 4:52 AM

i want pressure cooker for bday/xmas/valentine/new year/flag day...any day T_T

Anonymous said...
July 22, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Is that a flower garnish on the chicken? :P

Love this dish. Definitely comfort for me :)

Anonymous said...
July 22, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Sounds very tasty. I have been hearing a lot about Goji berries lately. I need to look for them.

Anonymous said...
July 23, 2008 at 12:27 AM

Hurry up get a pressure cooker since the gas and oil is so expensive and you cook alot,It's save you a can get goji berries in any chinese grocery store.

Actually this is my first time using goji berries cooking !1 I know Mishu eat gojiberries when I cook soup,so I figure why not add in the chicken dish as well.

Goji berries doesn't taste bad at all.In fact it's really sweet!

I almost forget as well..then run to the frezzer ASAP b4 the garlic burn!hahaha!!

where are you located?.you can find goji berries in any asian me if you want more info:)

I don't think prresure cooker is really expensive.Here the lowest price range from USD$40 to $100.

yes that flower is oregano flower from my garden:P

Yes gojiberries is really good for our health:)

Anonymous said...
December 16, 2008 at 8:45 PM

I cooked this the other day using wolfberries from my garden.

I'm not sure how many people your recipe is for, but I made it for 3. I adjusted the amounts thusly: 3 cloves of garlic, less ginger, and less salt. Also, because I couldn't find Shaoxing wine here in Japan, I mixed 'Shoukoushu' wine with sake instead. I also braised the chicken in a frying pan with the garlic and ginger before stewing it.

It smelled great when I opened the pressure cooker. My family kept saying it smelled like 'ramen'. I served it with rice, and broccoli on the side.

It was very hearty and tasty. But next time I make it, I'll use only 2 cloves of garlic, and just a small pinch of salt.

Incidentally, I have a 'katsuryoku nabe', a 'super pressure cooker'. It needs only a minute on the heat to cook meat thoroughly, and even less for vegetables.

Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.