December 07, 2012

{Recipe} Steamed Drumsticks in Essence of Chicken

Essence of Chicken. You either love it or hate it.

Basically an extract of chicken, a small bottle of essence of chicken packs a myriad of health benefits. Great for relieving fatigue, or when you need to sharpen up your concentration, this is a trusted product by generations which most of us are not unfamiliar with. Need a boost before that all-important examination? Drink essence of chicken! Recovering from a surgery or illness? Boost up your health by drinking essence of chicken!

I agree that the essence of chicken is beneficial for my body, but my tongue, unfortunately, does not agree with the taste. While it can be consumed straight from the bottle, the bitterness and vile pungentness of it is just too much to bear.

So, what do I do with the bottles of essence of chicken which I received as get-well gifts some time back? I decided to steam chicken drumsticks with it! The taste of the essence of chicken is mellowed after the steaming process, and instead packs a powerful load of flavors into the lightly seasoned drumsticks. The addition of red dates and wolfberries inject some sweetness into the broth. Add in some shiitake mushrooms, and there you go, a healthy, nutritious, easy to prepare dish which goes great with a bowl of hot, steaming rice.

Essence of Chicken. Now, I'm loving it!



  • 2 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1 Bottle of Essence of Chicken
  • 3 Shiitake Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 7 Red Dates
  • 1 Tablespoon Wolfberries
  • 1 Small Bunch Coriander

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Small Piece Ginger (finely grated)
  • 1 Tablespoon Huatiao Wine

  1. Rinse the chicken, trim off the fats & pat-dry. Season with marinade for 30 minutes.
  2. Place the marinated chicken in a shallow dish for steaming.
  3. Arrange the shiitake mushrooms, red dates, wolfberries together with the chicken. 
  4. Pour chicken essence over.
  5. Place in steamer and steam for 30 minutes, or until tender. Remove.
  6. Arrange coriander over the chicken. Serve immediately.


  1. i ever had stemaned frog with chicken essence beore,
    i think drumsticks will suits too...

  2. Frog legs would be nice too, but drumsticks are more readily available :)

  3. Interesting! I have to try this recipe. Ran out of chicken drumstick. Will experiment with chicken wings and chicken thigh. :)

  4. I have stacks of chicken essence as well. Good way to get rid of them as I dislike drinking it straight from bottle too. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Hi, do you discard the sauce after marinating the chicken before pouring in the chicken essence for steaming?