Sous Vide Hainan Chicken Rice
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Ingredients for 2
1 whole bone-in, skin-on chicken breast, wings attached if possible
1 (3-inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced into thin rounds
4 scallions, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons kecap manis
2 teaspoons Chinese chile bean sauce
2 teaspoons Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine)
1 teaspoon unseasoned rice vinegar
2 ¼ cups short grain white rice
Fresh cilantro, for serving
Set the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 146ºF (63.3ºC).
Generously season the chicken breast with salt and place it in a large zipper lock bag with the ginger and scallions. Cover with 2 cups water and seal using the water immersion technique.
Place the bag in the water bath and set the timer for 3 hours.
While the chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce: Combine the kecap manis, chile bean sauce, Shaoxing, and rice vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.
When the timer goes off, remove the bag from the water bath. Use tongs to carefully remove the chicken breast from the bag and transfer it to a cutting board. Cover to keep warm while preparing the rice.
Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl with a spout. Discard ginger and scallions. Measure the broth. To properly cook the rice, you will need 2 3/4 cups plus 2 teaspoons broth. Add additional water if necessary.
Place the rice in the fine mesh strainer. Rinse under cool running water until the water running off the strainer is no longer cloudy. Drain the rice well and transfer to a large saucepan with the chicken broth.
Cover the pot and bring the mixture to a rapid boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook at a rapid simmer for 7 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and steam for 10 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
To serve, remove the wings from the chicken breast and cut the chicken from the breast bone, leaving the skin intact. Slice each chicken breast into large medallions. Serve the chicken next to the rice, with the sauce and cilantro on the side.