drunken chicken recipe
Drunken Chicken
by Liv

Drunken Chicken

Jun 23, 2010 | Chinese Food, Recipes, Taiwanese Food | 16 comments

drunken chicken recipe

When I was a child I always thought you prepared drunken chicken by feeding the chicken a bottle of rice wine before cooking. I thought if the chicken was drunk enough it would make the meat taste of alcohol. Now I think how silly I was but who knows these things.

I love the taste of drunken chicken even if I’m not a big fan of food that tastes of alcohol. This drunken chicken uses Shaoxing rice for which people who have tasted it know it has a strong but special flavour. Some so called celebrity Eastern chefs use Shaoxing rice wine in many dishes but this really isn’t the way to use it.

This drunken chicken is best served as a cold dish making it a great summer dish. It’s refreshing, tasty but not too strong. I hope you enjoy making this dish.

These photos were taken by Chris from: Chris Radley Photography

drunken chicken procedure

 

Drunken Chicken

Course Main Dish
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 30 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken legs including thigh, de-boned
  • 2 spring onions cut into 3cm lengthways
  • 2 thin slices ginger
  • 1 tbsp goji berries
  • 1 thin slice Chinese angelica root
  • 2 thin slices liquorice root

Seasonings

  • 200 ml Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 cup stock I used chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Couples pinches sugar

Instructions

  1. Use some salt to marinade the chicken legs for 20 minutes and use a few sheets of cling film to wrap the chicken as displayed in the procedure photos below.
  2. Use a small sauce pan to boil the water, stock, spring onion, ginger, goji berries, angelica root, liquorice roots, salt and sugar. After boiling reduce to lowest heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Leave it aside to cool down.
  3. Add Shaoxing rice wine into step 2.
  4. Steam chicken for around 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked.
  5. Remove chicken from sling film and soak in marinade for at lest 6 hours. Leave in a fridge overnight.

 

By Liv

Illustrator by day, home chef at night. I worked as a professional chef for many years but now I draw for a living. I now cook just for the love of cooking. The recipes on this website are all influenced by things I have eaten in different locations around the world.

You May Also Like

Caramelised Pineapple Coconut Rice Pudding

Caramelised Pineapple Coconut Rice Pudding

Caramelised Pineapple Coconut Rice Pudding. This is the first time I’ve made this caramelised pineapple with coconut rice pudding. My daughter has been eating rice pudding at her nursery recently and she mentioned it a few times so I thought I’d have a go at making...

read more
How To Make a Basic Japanese Ramen Noodle Soup

How To Make a Basic Japanese Ramen Noodle Soup

Ramen is one of my family’s favourite Japanese dishes. In a city like Edinburgh where it’s almost always wet and/or cold, ramen (along with hot pots) are the perfect dishes for warming yourself up. A good ramen is one of the most rewarding dishes you can eat, full of...

read more
Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich

I’ve always been a big fan of fried chicken but recently I kept seeing “buttermilk fried chicken” on both the internet and menus in local restaurant. I rarely have  a chance to visit restaurants and if I do I usually go for sushi/Korean/burger, those kinds of things,...

read more

16 Comments

  1. Joy

    I never had drunken chicken for the same reason but I like your recipe. I have to try this. I like how you make it into a roll.

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi Joy,
      Thank you for your kind comment.

      Reply
  2. Tanantha@ I Just Love My Apron

    Hahaha I know who would have known those things right?
    Did you forget to post the photo of cooking procedure as mentioned in the step 1? just wondering

    I’ve has this before when I was a kid. It brings back good old memories! Great recipe and photos as always!!!

    Reply
    • admin

      lol…Tanatha, Thank you very much to remind me about my procedures photo.(shy…)

      Reply
  3. Nancy aka Spicie Foodie

    Hi Liv, Looks and sounds very tasty. I love your story too, it was funny. As children we have such goofy ideas and thoughts:)

    Reply
    • admin

      You’re right. Children always have such goofy ideas and thoughts 🙂 and I think that’s great. Many thanks for your kind comment.

      Reply
    • admin

      Hi, drunken things are really good. Really tasty.
      Thanks
      Liv

      Reply
  4. Judy

    Hi Liv, Your story about the drunken chicken is so cute! Isn’t it funny how we believed things worked when we were children? 🙂

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi Judy, I kind of miss being a child and having such a creative mind about everything but my husband often calls me a child so things probably haven’t changed that much for me 😀

      Reply
  5. anncoo

    I have cooked drunken chicken before but I think your method is much better than mine. I would like to try it into a row.

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi, thanks for your compliment. This is the easiest way I know how to make drunken chicken but I really love the banana split on your blog, it’s so so cute

      Reply
  6. Jenny

    so funny, I thought the same when I was little – and at a family banquet – when drunken chicken was ordered, a bunch of us went looking for these chicken that were drunk at the back of the restaurant!!!

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi Jenny,
      Thank you for your comment and the little story from yourself. It makes me laugh. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought drunken chicken was chicken get drunk lol. Hi5

      Reply
  7. gwen

    Hi, I would like to try to make this dish, but it appears there is an error on this page where the text repeats itself. Can you also add approximations for the ingredients? Thank you!

    Reply
    • admin

      Hello Gwen,
      I’ve fixed the problem now so you should be able to see the correct recipes. Thank you for let me know the error. I’ve recently changed my theme and seo plugin and some of my posts had a few problems. I’m trying to fix them at moment. Sorry for caused you any inconvenience.

      Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. (Recipe) Hainanese Chicken Rice | Macadish - […] the taste of the chicken, a generous splash of light soy sauce, sesame oil and shao xing wine (for…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating