Aug 9, 2018

Braised Chicken with Black Sesame Oil and Goji Berries 麻油枸杞雞

Goji berry is the name that most Chinese people are familiar with, but do you know that it can also be called as wolfberry?

Why wolf? Such cute little red berry doesn't feel as fierce as a wolf. Following a brief research, I found out that goji berry is actually a type of wolfberry, but except some specific types of goji berries, both goji berry and wolfberry carry similar color and taste. And many sellers use goji berry as a commercial name for wolfberry. With its mild sweetness and a slight hint of herbal note, goji berries can balance off the heaviness from the black sesame oil used in this recipe. Pop in one or two jujubes for stronger scent if preferred.

Braised chicken with black sesame oil and goji berries 麻油枸杞雞 - 


  • 1/2 medium sized chicken (cut in large bite size pieces, bone-in, skin-on)
  • 12 pre-fried tofu cubes
  • 1/3 cup goji berries
  • 6 garlic cloves 
  • 4 ginger slices
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine
  • Some chicken stock
  • Some black sesame oil
  • Some salt


Drench pre-fried tofu cubes with hot water, drain and set aside. This helps in drawing out excess oil from the tofu. Peel garlic cloves. 

Take a clay pot, drizzle sesame oil and add in whole garlic cloves, ginger slices, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Turn to medium high heat. Wait till the pot gets hot and sear these ingredients till aromatic and slightly browned.

Transfer chicken pieces to the mixture and give them a quick sear. Pour in rice wine and enough chicken stock to merely cover the chicken pieces. Also add in 1/2 teaspoon of salt again, along with tofu cubes, and goji berries. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to keep the mixture to a simmer, cover with lid. 

Cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, check and flip the chicken once a while so all sides can cook more evenly. Also make sure the liquid doesn't dry out, reduced is fine, but not completely gone. Taste and adjust with salt if needed.

These yellow tofu cubes actually taste better than the chicken, since all the juice and flavors got absorbed. Once taking a bite, some juice might get squeezed out, so watch out!

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