Big Tray of Chicken

I’ve been going on about my new favorite Chinese hole in the wall Spicy Village for some time now.  My friend Jane and I went for lunch last week and had their signature dish: Big Tray of Chicken ( $12.95 more handmade noodles can be added for $1.50) and here it is:

IMG_1909Certainly enough for 3-4 people and so delicious, my only warning is beware of the chicken bones the way they are cut can be sharp and I was eating so ravenously I nearly punctured the top of my mouth as I greedily sucked the meat off of a piece of chicken.

Apparently this is also a favorite place of super star chef Danny Bowien who after many visits has adapted this dish for his hipster food mecca Mission Chinese.  I ate there for lunch on Sunday but didn’t see it on the menu so maybe it’s an evening thing or served as a special? In any case I’m sure it’s cheaper at Spicy Village even thought the atmosphere isn’t as nice.

Chef Bowien published his take on the recipe in the Wall Street Journal as: Beer Braised Henan Chicken which I am going to give a try tonight.  Although his recipe doesn’t include the noodles which really are my favorite part of the dish, but I think you can easily add some egg noodles, ramen or even udon and get more or less the same effect. Of course if you live near Spicy Village you can always just order a few side orders to go 😉

Or you can make your own here’s Danny and Martha going at it.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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3 Responses to Big Tray of Chicken

  1. That looks so good — I am a complete sucker for home made noodles. (which might mean that I ought to take the trouble to make some) I am going to tell my mother to go to Spicy Village immediately and have a big helping of this!

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      I just edited this to add a recipe and video for how to make your own noodles! And yes send her – well worth the journey and if she wants a little diversity the soup dumplings are really good too!

  2. Pingback: Spicy Village’s Spicy Big Tray of Chicken | Urbanfoodguy

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