Boiled Chicken is a traditional hearty and healthy Hmong recipe. What makes it unique is the incorporation of a farm-fresh whole chicken and unique Hmong herbs. This dish has been a significant part of Hmong culture for many years. Additionally, it’s essential to Hmong women’s postpartum diet as MaiBao describes in her blog.
WHFoods states that boiled chicken is a great source of protein which helps prevent bone loss and B vitamins for energy metabolism. The homemade broth from the boiled chicken provides great nutritional value as described in Kitchen Stewardship.
I will be showing you two different nutritional dishes that can be derived from boiled chicken:
- Seasoned Boiled Chicken served with rice – 6-8 servings
- Pho Banh No (Fawm Npab Nauj) – Single serving
Meet the main ingredients:
I am using a store bought, whole chicken that is technically “farm-fresh” from a Hmong farm in Mosinee, WI (found at my parent’s local Hmong grocery store). You could probably find something similar at your local Asian supermarket.
This is a special kind of rice noodles used specifically for Pho Banh No (also from my parent’s Hmong grocery store). You can probably also find this at your local Asian supermarket. I will be using approximately 1 cup for one serving.
Now for a general overview of how to make Boiled Chicken and Pho Banh No…
- Clean and gut chicken
- Put chicken into pot
- Add water until chicken is completely submerged
- Put on stove and bring to a boil
- Add lemon grass and optional herbs
- Boil until chicken is cooked (approx. 20-30 mins)
- Take chicken out of pot and chop into pieces – (Save broth for the Pho Banh No)
- Add 1 tsp salt to chicken broth
- Season chicken pieces with 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper
- Serve with rice
Pho Banh No:
- Soak noodles in hot sink water for 15-20 minutes
- Drain noodles
- Put one cup of noodles into a bowl
- Pour hot broth over noodles
- Add black pepper and green onion for seasoning
And there you have it, two simple and healthy dishes made from one pot of boiled chicken. Bon appetit!
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