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Romertopf's Beggar's Chicken

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Category: Poultry, Chinese

 Ingredients List

  • Stephen Ceideburg
  • 4 lb Frying chicken, cut into
  • -sections
  • Arrowroot
  • 1 ts Sesame oil
  • 1 tb Dry sherry
  • 1/4 ts Chinese Five Spices (see
  • -note below)
  • 1/4 ts White pepper
  • 1 Clove pressed garlic
  • 1/4 c Soy sauce
  • 1 ts Grated fresh ginger root


For teriyaki lovers, here's the finest recipe inspired by the excellent
little pamphlet Cook in Clay published by the makers of the Romertopf pot.
We've served this dish, with variations, to as many as a dozen guests with
never anything less than ecstatic results. The chicken comes out tender and
full of flavor, especially after being marinated in this incredible sauce.
You can add all sorts of Chinese or Japanese seasonings, but be sure they
stay on the bland side. Caution: Don't add any salt-there's enough in any
good soy sauce. (We prefer the rich, heavy soy sauce bottled in Hong Kong
in a brown stone jug by Ko Sang Yick.)

In a non-metal bowl, combine the ingredients for the marinade, mix well,
and marinate the pieces of chicken for at least half a day, turning

When ready to cook, presoak pot, top and bottom, in water for 15 minutes.

Add the chicken and the marinade to the pot.

Place covered pot in a cold oven.

Set temperature to 450 degrees F.

Cook 45 minutes.

Ten minutes before end of cooking time, remove the pot and pour off the
liquid into a saucepan.

Return the pot to the oven, uncovered, for the final 10 minutes of cooking.

Meanwhile, bring the liquid in saucepan to a boil and thicken with

Serve with rice, liberally drenched with the sauce.

For an optional Chinese touch, sprinkle the chicken with almonds and sesame

Note: Chinese Five Spices are a combination, in powder form, usually found
in Chinese markets. If not available, use star anise, ground to a powder
with a mortar and pestle.

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