Chikuzenni (Nishime) – Simmered Chicken and Vegetables 筑前煮

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  • Chikuzenni in a box dish.

    Chikuzenni (筑前煮) or Nishime (煮しめ) is a classic Japanese dish often served on New Year’s Day, but my mom used to make it quite regularly because it was my family’s favorite Nimono (it means “simmered dish” like Nikujaga).  This is also a popular side dish for bento because it can be made in advance and still tastes great at room temperature.

    Chikuzenni in a white dish and box dish.

    Chikuzenni was named after the old Chikuzen Province in Northern Kyushu (it’s part of today’s Fukuoka Prefecture); but this dish is now enjoyed throughout Japan.

    Typically chicken and root vegetables are first sautéd in oil, and then they are simmered in dashi stock and seasonings until vegetables are tender and the flavors are absorbed.

    Chikuzenni in Japanese new year dish.

    For New Year’s dish, the vegetables and konnyaku are cut into fancy shapes to celebrate the occasion but for daily use or bento, you can simply cut them into small pieces using Japanese cutting technique called “Rangiri“.

    Rangiri style cutting is to roll the vegetable a quarter (1/4) turn, cut on an angle, and then roll again another quarter (1/4) turn, cut on an angle and continue.  This cutting technique is useful for Japanese Nimono dishes.

    Hope you enjoy this dish with your family!

    Chikuzenni in a dish.

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    Chikuzenni / Nishime (Simmered Chicken and Vegetables)
    Prep Time
    1 hr
    Cook Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr 30 mins
     
    Course: Main Course, Side Dish
    Servings: 6
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    Seasonings:
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Chikuzenni Ingredients
    2. Remove extra fat of the chicken and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Marinade in 1/2 Tbps. sake and 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce and set aside.
      Chikuzenni 1
    3. In a small bowl, put dried shiitake mushrooms and pour just enough lukewarm water to cover them. Soak for 20 minutes, or until soft. Squeeze the liquid out from the shiitake mushrooms and keep this liquid.
      Chikuzenni 2
    4. Cut the shiitake mushrooms into hexagon, which represent turtle shape for longevity.
      Chikuzenni 3
    5. Cut the lotus root into Hana Renkon. Soak them in vinegar water (2 cups water + 1 tsp. vinegar).
      Chikuzenni 4
    6. Cut the bamboo shoot in half and thinly slice.
      Chikuzenni 5
    7. Peel the taro and cut in half and sprinkle some salt.
      Chikuzenni 6
    8. Rub the taro with hands and wash them in running water.
      Chikuzenni 7
    9. Scrape the skin off the burdock root with the back of knife. After rinsing, cut it into thin slices. Quickly soak them in vinegar water (2 cups water + 1 tsp. vinegar).
      Chikuzenni 8
    10. Cut the carrot into Nejiri Ume. Blanch half of them for 2 minutes and reserve for decoration.
      Chikuzenni 9
    11. Cut the konnyaku into Tazuna Konnyaku.
      Chikuzenni 10
    12. Pull the strings at the seams of the snow peas and discard them. These are tough and not edible. Boil water in a saucepan over high heat. Add pinch of salt and blanch the snow pea pods for 30-60 seconds, until crisp but tender enough to eat.
      Chikuzenni 11
    13. Instead of draining, scoop the snow peas with a sieve, then shock in cold running water and set aside. In the same boiling water, add konnyaku. After boiling again, cook for 2-3 minutes to remove the smell.
      Chikuzenni 12
    14. Cut the blanched snow peas in half and set aside.
      Chikuzenni 13
    15. In the large pot, heat 1 Tbsp. of sesame oil over medium high heat. When it’s hot, cook the chicken until it turns white. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
      Chikuzenni 14
    16. Add 1 Tbsp. of sesame oil and cook all the ingredients except the blanched snow peas and carrots that are reserved for decoration.
      Chikuzenni 15
    17. Add dashi stock and shiitake mushroom liquid.
      Chikuzenni 16
    18. Chikuzenni 17
    19. Add sake, mirin, sugar, soy sauce, and salt.
      Chikuzenni 18
    20. Add the chicken back into the pot.
      Chikuzenni 19
    21. Bring it to a boil. As you see, the stock should cover about 80% of the ingredients.
      Chikuzenni 20
    22. Make Otoshibuta and cover the ingredients. Cook for 10 minutes.
      Chikuzenni 21
    23. Remove Otoshibuta and cook for another 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings (with soy sauce, sugar, or salt) to your liking.
      Chikuzenni 22
    24. Add the snow peas and remove from the heat. Cover, and let cool. Serve Chikuzenni in a dish or traditional Japanese lacquer container, “Ju-bako”. Top with the snow peas and blanched carrots.
      Chikuzenni 23
    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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