Mar 4, 2011

Torihamu (Chicken Ham): My First Take



It's quite a big deal in Japan. It's one of those things that is perfect for bento meals, and as I was almost desperately trying to make healthier alternatives for our packed lunches, I started on a three-day project on making my first ever Torihamu or Chicken Ham.


Torihamu wasn't really a traditional Japanese dish, but it was made popular from the internet and now is a permanent addition to the Japanese cuisine. And it was really good, I tell you. The taste was mildly sweet and salty, and the outside is herby and savory. No taste is overwhelming and everything is perfectly matched. Alex loved it so much.

I used JustBento's method of making Torihamu, but for your benefit I summarized the long page into an easier to follow version below. Enjoy!

Torihamu Recipe

Ingredients:
(I use measuring spoons when cooking, which are really different when you use your normal utensils)

2 whole chicken breasts (around 500 grams)
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sea salt (coarse salt)
1 1/2 tbsp dried herbs (I used basil, oregano, and thyme)
2 tsp ground black pepper

Supplies:

Ziplock bags or resealable bags
kitchen twine

Procedure:
  1. Mix together the honey, salt, herbs, and pepper. Place in a resealable bag.
  2. Place the whole chicken breasts in the bag. Take out as much air as you can and seal the bag completely.
  3. Squish the bag to coat the breasts completely.
  4. Place in the refrigerator for 48 hours.
  5. After 48 hours, rinse the chicken breasts under running water and submerge in water for an hour to desalinate them.
  6. After an hour, drain the breasts and roll them up into logs. Tie them together with kitchen twine.
  7. Preheat the oven to 120 °C / 250 °F.
  8. Place the chicken logs on a lined baking sheet and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the surface is a very light brown.
  9. Cool and slice.

8 comments:

  1. I followed your recipe and it was sooo worth the long wait! X-)

    made three batch of this yummy treat, and my whole house smelled of chicken ham X-)

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  2. uy that looks really yummy, will try out the recipe myself

    Happy foodtripping, hope you check out my entry too
    I Love Darly!

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  3. I love everything tori...

    Hajimemashite! Arigatou for the recipe :) I use the same method at times but I use maple syrup...yum!

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  4. This is one yummy chicken recipe. a must try!Thanks for sharing.

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  5. looks really delicious...thanks for sharing your recipe, will try someday! have a great day from PinayMum - Mommy's Life Around...

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  6. it looks yummmy and it seems like it's easy to prepare, I wish I have time to do it. :P

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