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Braised Chicken with Shiitake Mushrooms

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This is a simple classic Chinese home cooking dish. The highly concentrated flavour of shiitake mushrooms is the basis of Chinese and other Asian cooking. Whenever I use shiitake mushrooms in my gluten free cooking, I will always be reminded of my mum’s cooking, she often included shiitake mushrooms in soups, stews, stir-frys and even steamed dishes. Dried shiitake mushrooms will not only make any dish flavoursome, it is extremely healthy as well. I like to use shiitake mushrooms in Chinese glutinous rice, chicken and shiitake mushrooms rice, stir-frys, soups, stews, dumplings and steamed dishes like steamed fish or chicken. The options in preparing Asian cuisines using shiitake mushrooms are endless.

 

Gluten Free Braised Chicken with Shiitake Mushrooms

 

Shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) are often referred to as palatable mushrooms. They are considered a decaying fungus grown in the wild and have originated from China and Asia, dated all the way back for thousands of years. In addition, they are also exceedingly valued for their medicinal properties in traditional Chinese medicine and other Asian medicinal traditions.

Similar to all fungi, shiitake mushrooms contain phytonutrients, mainly their renowned polysaccharides, particularly lentinan that helps support our immune system by assisting in combating diseases and infection and prevent or reduce tumour growth. Eritadenine also helps in lowering cholesterol and maintain cardiovascular health. Similarly, shiitake mushrooms are also superb sources of essential nutrients like copper, zinc, selenium, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), and vitamin B2 (riboflavin). A decent source of dietary fiber, manganese, folate/folic acid, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin D. Lastly, shiitake mushrooms are a good source of iron and antioxidants.

 

Braised Chicken with Shiitake Mushrooms

 

 

 

 

 

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