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Drunken Chicken

Leigh Beisch
Yield Makes 8 to 10 small-plate servings
Soy sauce, fresh ginger, cilantro, jalapeño peppers, green onions, and Chinese rice wine provide the Asian flavors for this make-ahead chicken dish. The chicken becomes more flavorful after it soaks in the wine marinade overnight.


  • 1 bottle (750 ml.) or 3 cups Chinese rice wine (shaoshing) or dry sherry
  • 2 boned, skinned chicken breast halves (6 to 8 oz. each), rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely slivered green onions (including green tops)
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons thinly slivered fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons thinly slivered fresh red or green jalapeño or Fresno chilies

Nutrition Information

  • calories 68
  • caloriesfromfat 43 %
  • protein 8.1 g
  • fat 3.2 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • carbohydrate 1.3 g
  • fiber 0.1 g
  • sodium 230 mg
  • cholesterol 20 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a deep 3- to 4-quart pan over high heat, uncovered, bring wine and 2 cups water to a boil. Add chicken and return to a boil. Remove from heat and cover tightly. Let stand until chicken is no longer pink in center of thickest part (cut to test), 15 to 18 minutes. Lift chicken from cooking liquid and let stand until chicken and liquid are cool, about 1 hour. Return chicken to cool liquid, cover, and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day (see notes).

  2. Lift chicken from liquid. Cut chicken crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices, slightly overlapping, on a small platter. In a small bowl, mix soy sauce with 3 tablespoons of the cooking liquid; drizzle evenly over chicken. Reserve remaining cooking liquid to make broth, or discard.

  3. Sprinkle green onions and cilantro over chicken. Pour oil into a 6- to 8-inch frying pan over high heat; when it ripples, in about 30 seconds, add ginger and chilies and stir until they sizzle, 10 to 15 seconds. Spoon mixture evenly over chicken.

Cook's Notes

You can complete step 1 up to 1 day ahead; the wine flavors the chicken more intensely when it stands overnight.