Bon Bon Chicken is known as “Leshan Bon Bon Chicken” and “Jiading Bon Bon Chicken”. This dish originates from Hanyangba, Leshan. It is made from well-bred Hanyang chicken. After thorough boiling of the chicken, it is beaten with a stick till it is mellow and tender; then it is edible. There was a famous dish within the history of Chinese cuisine called “Baifu” (white dried meat) which was also made by beating with a stick. It was recorded in the Qi Min Yao Shu (important arts for the welfare of the people) written by Jia Sixie. However, to beat “Baifu” with a stick is to compact the meat, whilst to beat the chicken when making the Bon Bon chicken is to make the chicken tender and mellow. This process also makes spices tastier and the chicken more chewable.
The cooking methods for making delicious Bon Bon Chicken are ingenious. The first is the ingenious way in which the chicken is boiled. Before the chicken is boiled, the drumsticks and chicken wings are twined with hemp rope, and holes are punched in the thick chicken with a bamboo spike so that the soup may be soaked up fully; then boil the chicken over a gentle heat; the second ingenious point is the beating of the boiled chicken with special stick used to make the chicken tender and mellow. The chicken is shredded into thick strips and is placed on the plate. This process makes the spices even tastier. The third ingenious feature is that the sauce is made from a variety of spices. The sauce is poured on the shredded chicken making it fresh, fragrant, tender and causing it to posses an intense sweet and spicy flavor.
A tender chicken, a suitable amount of shredded green onion stalks, sesame paste, pepper oil, sugar, sesame soy sauce and Sichuan pepper powder
Way of cooking:
1． Clean the chicken and twine the drumsticks and chicken wings with hemp rope, punch holes in the thick chicken with a bamboo spike. Boil the chicken thoroughly then fish it out and let it cool.
2． Pat the chicken breast and drumsticks with the special small stick then shred the chicken and put the pieces on the plate. Place the shredded green onion stalks around the chicken.
3． Mix the spices and stir them well to make the sauce which is to be poured over the shredded chicken.