Chicken Rice with Black Fungus, Parmesan and Cherry Radish Leaves


Black fungus has a reputation in Chinese herbal medicine for increasing the fluidity of the blood, improving circulation and purifying lungs and intestines, etc. As black fungus carries a compound called polysaccharide that inhibits tumor growth and prevent cancer. Besides this, black fungus is also rich in protein, vitamins D, B1 and B2.
If you can't find black fungus, then substitute them with any other dried fungus, like shiitake.

  • 200 g Skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 10 Small dried black fungus (cloud ears)
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/3 tsp Dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp Dry white wine
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Long grain and wild rice mix
  • 120 ml Vegetable broth
  • 25 g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Some cherry radish leaves, chopped

  1. Cut the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces. Rinse thoroughly, and dry with paper towels. Soak black fungus in warm water until soft and completely expanded, about 20 minutes. After soaking, rinse them thoroughly and trim the gritty part. Slice each into 2-3 pieces. Peel and finely chop the onion. Peel and mince the garlic.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and thyme. Stir until onion is tender. Add in diced chicken and saute lightly browned. Add white wine and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook until liquid almost evaporates,about 3 minutes. Stir in rice, black fungus, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in cheese and chopped radish leaves.

67 comments:

Victor 7/5/11 18:09

I love could ear mushrooms. I always make chicken and cloud ear poached in soy sauce. A classic dish in our family.

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alison 7/5/11 18:39

chicken and mushrooms ,lovely combination!

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 7/5/11 18:58

Very original and unusual! This combo is awesome. I want some now!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Michael Toa 7/5/11 19:06

Now, this is my kind of health food! :)
Have a great weekend!

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Sarah 7/5/11 19:08

wow! nice to hear about black fungus. That's an ingredient Ive not seen around here. The combination sounds interesting and exotic!

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Pegasuslegend 7/5/11 20:14

This looks great and fun to make~

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Sharmilee! :) 7/5/11 20:44

Nice combo and lovely clicks

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Heavenly Housewife 7/5/11 20:46

What a beautiful picture of such an elegant dinner. This sounds great. I don't know if I'd find black fungus here in the UK, but maybe i could use a different mushroom.
*kisses* HH

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Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 7/5/11 21:03

Delicious looking salad! I just managed to get some chantarelles, I'll keep my eyes open for the cloud ear, I know I've seen them. Nice combination of the earthy mushrooms with the wild rice.

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Elisabeth 7/5/11 21:06

I've never had black fungus, sounds really exotic. It's really quite and interesting type of mushrooms. Love the way you have it combined, with the chicken, and the rice, as well!

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Juanita 7/5/11 22:27

Thank you for following my blog!
I love funghi and parmesan combos....I've tried it in risotto before, but not with wild rice.

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Rebecca from Chow and Chatter 7/5/11 23:30

looks great never had this before :-)

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girlichef 7/5/11 23:38

Beautiful and so healthy to boot!

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Diethood.com 8/5/11 00:05

Definitely something that I would love to dig into!! Beautiful dish, Angie, as always!!

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Parsley Sage 8/5/11 01:46

Black fungus. Without anything else that sounds like an awesome dish. Toss in some yummy rice and chicken and the mouth...it waters! Well done :)

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Martha (MM) 8/5/11 03:22

Sounds perfectly wonderful to me! I'm a huge fungus fan :-)

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Belinda @zomppa 8/5/11 04:07

Love the addition of the cherry with the fungus - what an unusual combination!

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Claudia 8/5/11 04:34

I never met an edible fungus I didn't like. Will look out for black fungus - sounds intriguing plus I love everything in this. How says healthy can't be delicious?

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Torviewtoronto 8/5/11 04:57

delicious presentation and flavours

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scrambledhenfruit 8/5/11 06:57

I've never had cloud ear mushrooms, but they look delicious. My brother grows shiitake though- I may try this using them! :)

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Sanjeeta kk 8/5/11 11:14

Wondering if I would ever be able to see these black fungus!

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kitchen flavours 8/5/11 16:10

We love black fungus. Great in vegetarian dishes! Your chicken rice looks delicious. Thanks for sharing, Angie!

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Ananda Rajashekar 8/5/11 17:30

wow ...wholesome plate all best things there! looks wonderful!

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☺lani☺ 8/5/11 17:39

Oh! Looks really delicious... love it! Nice to see your other posts too, love them all.

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen 8/5/11 18:16

What a delicious dish with the benefit of good health included :) I have little radishes growing in my garden right now. This looks wonderful to me.

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Fimère 8/5/11 19:37

superbe assiette j'aime beaucoup les champignons noirs dans le riz
bonne soirée

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Priya 8/5/11 22:02

Simply inviting, delicious chicken rice..

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Beth 8/5/11 22:33

This looks gorgeous, although I might be tempted to substitute shiitake. Looks delicious!

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Maria 8/5/11 23:43

This sounds like a really flavoursome combination, I love using mushrooms in variety of dishes for flavour and texture.

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Beachlover's Kitchen 9/5/11 02:57

I like fungus too but you make it's look so cool!! fusion food!

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spcookiequeen 9/5/11 03:59

Hi Angie, you always find the most interesting recipes. I think we could all use black fungus with all those great properties in it. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
-Gina-

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5 Star Foodie 9/5/11 04:58

A very unique rice dish here with the black fungus and cherry radish leaves, would love to try this.

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Lauren's Latest 9/5/11 05:44

I adore mushrooms! This is right up my alley!

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tigerfish 9/5/11 07:15

I enjoy woodear mushrooms. In fact, I made a similar dish with rice recently as well!

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alwayswinner786 9/5/11 07:21

I never tried black fungus but with so much of health benefit I am going to look for it and your dish is absolute delish!

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Nuts about food 9/5/11 07:39

What is better than a succulent chicken dish that is that healthy too. I am off to search for black fungus now!

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lena 9/5/11 10:03

hi angie, this is a new learning experince for me to come up with this kind of rice dish!

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Ivy 9/5/11 12:42

Very interesting and healthy dish. I don't think I can find black fungus but shall have my eyes open.

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Mei 9/5/11 13:45

I love black fungus... sometimes I need to fight with hubby and daughter, they love them so much its hardly any left when i sat down!

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Jenn 9/5/11 15:15

I've never had black fungus before, but this dish makes me want to run out and find it right now!!

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Faith 9/5/11 15:38

This looks like a tasty dish and great info on black fungus! I'd love to find that at the market!

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Karen 9/5/11 16:21

Angie, this looks yummy! I love how you used the black fungus here - this is such an interesting change from the typical use in Asian recipes. Great idea!

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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE 9/5/11 16:22

Chicken and rice dishes are so comforting! Love this Angie. :)

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Anncoo 9/5/11 16:47

I love black fungus..usually steam with chicken and your dish looks so good that I wish you can share with me :)

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Pacheco Patty 9/5/11 17:41

Beautiful dish Angie, I enjoyed reading about the black fungus, an ingredient I didn't know anything about;-)

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Cooking Rookie 10/5/11 01:17

I've never tried black fungus - there are so many exotic ingredients in those Chinese grocery stores, all a big mystery to me. Now I know what to ask for. For some reason it almost sounds like a truffle to me :-). Great recipe, will certainly try it once I get the black fungus. Thanks for introducing one more new ingredients into my cooking :-).
p.s. I stumbled this post ..

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Reeni 10/5/11 03:34

Never had this black fungus, Angie, but I bet it has lots of flavor for your rice! And so many health benefits - If I ever see it I'm snatching it up!

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Angela 10/5/11 03:50

I have never tried black fungus. This is a very beautiful dish.

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Gloria 10/5/11 04:09

OMG What yummy look this dish! gloria

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marla 10/5/11 06:20

This dish looks wonderful & I love all the added health benefits too!

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Joanne 10/5/11 13:21

What an interesting mushroom! I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for it! This whole meal is jam-packed with nutrition!

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Jo 10/5/11 14:49

Angie, this dish looks delicious and what a brilliant idea to add in the fungus. Yummy!

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aipi 10/5/11 15:27

So many new-to-me ingredients in this! Looks delicious.
US Masala

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Mother Rimmy 10/5/11 15:28

I've never seen black fungus before. I'll have to see if I can track it down since it's so nutritious!

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Biren @ Roti n Rice 10/5/11 16:27

What a creative dish, mixing east and west! Lovely presentation too!

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Juliana 10/5/11 19:47

My mom used to cook a lot using those wood ears, and as a child we used to call "bear ears", don't ask me why :-) Anyway, I haven't had these "ears" for a long time, and I love how you incorporated in a rice dish with chicken and parmesan..one of the East meets West dishes. Have a wonderful week Angie :-)

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Kristen 10/5/11 22:47

That dish looks delicious. I don't think I could get my kids to eat anything called fungus, though...I'd have to opt for cloud ears...sounds much more fun!

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Ilke 10/5/11 22:54

Now you will make me look for this fungus if it is as healthy as you say.
There is mushroom grower at the farmers market. Time to bug him! Thanks for
introducing this ingredient,Angie!

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Nithu 11/5/11 00:43

That's a lovely platter. Nice combo.

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Sense of Home Kitchen 11/5/11 15:22

Those cherry radishes might be the ones I need to plant so that I also have good leaves to eat, besides the radish, I will watch for those seeds. Interesting information about black fungus.

~Brenda

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Magic of Spice 13/5/11 23:38

What a beautiful and healthy salad!

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Yi @ Yi Reservation 14/5/11 20:30

This rice dish looks delicious. i love to use black fungus in dishes it just makes everything a little bit healthier. Thanks for the recipe!

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OysterCulture 22/5/11 05:30

always a sucker for savory and it looks like you nailed it.

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