Fragrant Chicken with Salted Lemons and Tasty Ponzu

Fragrant Chicken with Salted Lemons and Tasty Ponzu

I made a fragrant chicken dish, using salted lemons, shio-koji, celery, dried mushrooms and citrus juice. My daughter and I both love this dish.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Chicken (your choice of cuts)
1-2 pieces (about 350-400 g)
└ Shio-koji
2 tablespoons
Salted lemons Recipe ID: 2548106
3-4 pieces
4-5 leaves
Dried mushrooms Recipe ID: 2599926
1 packet
2 tablespoons
Grated vegetable ponzu sauce Recipe ID: 2627551
├ Ponzu soy sauce Recipe ID: 2626767
150 ml
├ Daikon radish (grated)
1 tablespoon
├ Carrot (grated)
1 tablespoon
└ Apple (grated)
1 tablespoon


1. Remove the excess fat from the chicken. You can use chicken thighs as is. If you use chicken breasts, cut them in half horizontally to make 2 pieces or else they will be too thick.
2. Coat the chicken in shio-koji.
3. I used homemade dried mushrooms (Recipe ID: 2599926). Soak them in water to rehydrate.
4. Save the soaking liquid for soup or stew since it is full of nutrients and flavours.
5. Remove the tough fibers from the celery and cut diagonally into 1 cm widths. Roughly chop the leaves.
6. Roughly chop the cabbage leaves, and lay a bed of them in a frying pan.
7. Slice the onion into 4-5 mm thickness and place the slices of onion and celery on top of the cabbage leaves.
8. Prepare 3-4 pieces of salted lemons (Recipe ID: 2548106). Add some brine if available.
9. Lightly drain the rehydrated mushrooms without squeezing out the excess water, and place them on top of the vegetables.
10. Place the chicken coated with shio-koji on top. Sprinkle with sake and cover tightly with a lid. Turn on the heat and cook over a low heat until the vegetables start to produce moisture..
11. After a short while, increase the heat to high and steam for 10-12 minutes; then remove the chicken and wrap in aluminium foil and set aside for 3-4 minutes.
12. Transfer the vegetables to a serving dish.
13. Prepare the grated vegetable ponzu sauce (Recipe ID: 2627551).
14. Remove the foil and slice the chicken breast. Place the chicken on top of the bed of vegetables. Liberally drizzle the ponzu sauce on top.

Story Behind this Recipe

While dieting, it's hard to get full on oil-free dishes...but adding different flavours and aromas with my homemade salted lemons and ponzu made this dish very satisfying! Strong flavors are very handy when you're on a diet.