Chinese Drunken Soy Chicken is a lovely recipe, cooked in rice wine and soy broth, keeping it juicy and full of flavor. Also recipe for ginger & scallion dipping sauce.

Chinese Drunken Soy Chicken is a lovely recipe, cooked in a rice wine and soy broth, keeping it juicy and full of flavor. Also recipe for ginger & scallion dipping sauce.

What is drunken chicken?

I've made this recipe up based on the traditional 'Drunken Chicken' which is a dish originating from Shanghai, China.

The chicken is usually cooked first then marinated in Chinese Shaoxing wine, then served cold, normally as an appetizer.

On the other hand, the Chinese Soy Chicken is cooked in a broth predominantly made up of yep, you guessed it, soy sauce, and then served warm as part of the main meal.

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I've also included a dipping sauce, made up of ginger and scallions. It goes very well with the chicken.

Well, I love both of these dishes, so some years ago, I decided to combine them both and make up a recipe that uses both flavors, and I serve this warm alongside some other Chinese dishes, such as Choi sum, fried rice, noodles and so on. This our Chinese Drunken Soy Chicken and it's a great recipe to serve for Chinese New Year!

The chicken itself is so full of wonderful flavours and is very juicy!

In the recipe, I also give some instructions on how to chop a chicken Chinese style, so you can arrange it on the plate just as you would find in a Chinese restaurant. it's easy enough, you just need to make sure you have a sharp meat cleaver.

So please enjoy our Chinese Drunken Soy Chicken recipe and let me know in the comments below if you did anything different or indeed how you served it!

Chinese Drunken Soy Chicken is a lovely easy recipe. The chicken is cooked in a lovely broth, keeping it juicy and full of flavor. Serve as part of a delicious Chinese dinner!
Part of a Chinese dinner!

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

1 hour

Serves

4 - 6 persons

Ingredients

1 Chicken (mine was 4 lbs)

For the broth

1/2 Cup Shaoxing wine
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 inch cinnamon stick
2 star anise
4 cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger (powder)
enough water to cover the chicken

For the ginger dipping sauce

1-inch fresh ginger
2 large scallions/spring onions
1/2 teaspoon fine white pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil or groundnut oil.

For garnish

2 scallions/spring onions.

Instructions

1. Using a pan large enough to hold the chicken, add all the ingredients for the broth and bring to a gentle simmer. Then add the chicken, breast side down. Cover and allow to gently simmer for 30 minutes, then turn the chicken over and continue to simmer for a further 30 minutes. Check the juices run clear between the thigh and main body, then you know it is fully cooked.

2. Remove the chicken from the pan and set on a plate. Allow to cool enough so you can handle it. I usually wait around 30 minutes then it is cool enough for me.

Chinese Drunken Soy Chicken is a lovely easy recipe. The chicken is cooked in a lovely broth, keeping it juicy and full of flavor. Serve as part of a delicious Chinese dinner!

How to chop up a whole chicken Chinese style

3. Take a meat cleaver and cut off the wings and legs, set aside. Then cut the main part of the chicken by separating the breast part from the underside.

Lay the underside flat on your chopping board and cut 1-inch slices apart. Then cut down the center. The pieces should be small enough to pick up with chopsticks. Do the same for the breast side of the chicken.

Place these pieces on a plate, laying the underside pieces first then the breast pieces on top.
Take the wings and cut in half, and the legs, cut at the joints, and then cut each joint in half again. Arrange these on the plate on either side of the breast meat.

4. Take 2 scallions and slice them in a slant and sprinkle over the top of the chicken.

5. To make the ginger dipping sauce, peel and finely chop the ginger and place in a small bowl. Finely chop the scallions and add them to the bowl.
Add the remaining ingredients for the dipping sauce and give it a good stir. Transfer to little serving bowls.

Chinese Drunken Soy Chicken is a lovely easy recipe. The chicken is cooked in a lovely broth, keeping it juicy and full of flavor. Serve as part of a delicious Chinese dinner!

This Chinese Drunken Spy Chicken should be served warm for best results. Serve alongside some other Chinese dishes with rice or noodles and please enjoy!

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our post. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

Chinese Drunken Soy Chicken is a lovely easy recipe. The chicken is cooked in a lovely broth, keeping it juicy and full of flavor. Serve as part of a delicious Chinese dinner!
Chinese Drunken Soy Chicken is a lovely easy recipe. The chicken is cooked in a lovely broth, keeping it juicy and full of flavor. Serve as part of a delicious Chinese dinner!

Serve your drunken chicken with some Garlic Fried Rice. Delicious!

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Chinese Drunken Soy Chicken is a lovely recipe, cooked in a rice wine and soy broth, keeping it juicy and full of flavor. Also recipe for ginger & scallion dipping sauce.

Chinese Drunken Soy Chicken

Yield: 4 - 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Chinese Drunken Soy Chicken is a lovely recipe, cooked in a rice wine and soy broth, keeping it juicy and full of flavor. Also recipe for ginger & scallion dipping sauce.

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs Whole Chicken

For the broth:

  • 1/2 Cup Shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger, powder
  • enough water to cover the chicken

For the ginger dipping sauce:

  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 2 large scallions/spring onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil or groundnut oil.

For garnish

  • 2 scallions/spring onions.

Instructions

  1. Using a pan large enough to hold the chicken, add all the ingredients for the broth and bring to a gentle simmer.
  2. Then add the chicken, breast side down.
  3. Cover and allow to gently simmer for 30 minutes, then turn the chicken over and continue to simmer for a further 30 minutes.
  4. Check the juices run clear between the thigh and main body, then you know it is fully cooked.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pan and set on a plate. Allow to cool enough so you can handle it. I usually wait around 30 minutes then it is cool enough for me.
  6. Take a meat cleaver and cut off the wings and legs, set aside. Then cut the main part of the chicken by separating the breast part from the underside.
  7. Lay the underside flat on your chopping board and cut 1 inch slices apart. Then cut down the centre. The pieces should be small enough to pick up with chopsticks. Do the same for the breast side of the chicken.
  8. Place these pieces on a plate, laying the underside pieces first then the breast pieces on top.
  9. Take the wings and cut in half, and the legs, cut at the joints and then cut each joint in half again. Arrange these on the plate on either side of the breast meat.
  10. Take 2 scallions and slice them in a slant and sprinkle over the top of the chicken.
  11. To make the ginger dipping sauce, peel and finely chop the ginger and place in a small bowl. Finely chop the scallions and add to the bowl.
  12. Add the remaining ingredients for the dipping sauce and give it a good stir. Transfer to little serving bowls.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: Whole chicken
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1261Total Fat: 73gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 47gCholesterol: 419mgSodium: 2409mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 132g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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