Essence of Chicken

April 15, 2019
Essence of Chicken

Makes: 1 cup of chicken essence
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 4 hrs


  • 1 whole chicken (or 3 carcasses)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 pinches salt
In This Recipe


  1. Using a meat tenderizer or a pestle, roughly pound and smash up the chicken until the bones crack a little and the meat is slightly flattened.
  2. To set up your chicken essence collector, put the water and salt in a large bowl. Then, invert a smaller bowl or plate into the large bowl, and place the smashed chicken over the small bowl/plate.
  3. Place the whole bowl in a steamer or double boiler. (If you don’t have a steamer, you can put 2 cups of water into a large pot, and place the bowl on a wire stand set within the pot.) Place this over medium-low heat, and let the chicken steam, covered, for at least 3-4 hours. As it cooks, the juice of the chicken will flow into the cavity of the inverted bowl.
  4. When done, remove the bowl from the steamer or pot, and remove the pieces of chicken. (You can use this for stock, or shred the meat for a sandwich or stir-fry.)
  5. Remove the inverted bowl, and pass the liquid collected within through a sieve. Drink that chicken-y ambrosia like you would a can of Red Bull.

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