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Sweet Ginger Wine Chicken Recipe

Sweet Ginger Wine Chicken Recipe

Sweet Ginger Wine Chicken Recipe

In this recipe, large chunks of chicken are marinated in a tangy ginger wine, then simmered in an aromatic sweet wine sauce, producing a superb flavor and tender texture. The ginger and wine give this dish warming properties, which makes it a good choice for cold winter weather.

Ingredients :

    • 1 whole chicken, preferably free-range, chopped into large chunks, including bone and skin
    • 2/3 cup (150 ml) rice wine steeped with 2 tablespoons grated ginger for 1 hour
    • 15 g (1 cup) dried wood ear black fungus, soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
    • 2 tablespoons oil
    • 10 slices ginger
    • 3 cloves garlic, cut into thin slices
    • 3 spring onions, cut into 2-cm (3/4-in) sections
    • 11/2 cups (375 ml) rice wine
    • 21/2 cups (625 ml) sweet rice wine, sherry, or Japanese mirin
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • Sprigs of coriander leaves, to garnish

Method :

    1. Place the chicken chunks and ginger wine in a bowl, toss well and set aside to marinate for 30–45 minutes. Drain and reserve the ginger wine marinade.
    2. Drain the wood ear fungus and cut into bite-sized pieces.
    3. Heat the oil in a wok until smoking hot, add the ginger, garlic and spring onions. Stir-fry for 1 minute, then add the drained chicken and stir-fry for another 5 minutes or until the chicken changes color. Add both wines, the reserved ginger wine marinade and salt and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, then add the wood ear fungus and continue to simmer until the chicken is tender, about 10 more minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a deep serving dish, garnish with a few sprigs of coriander leaves and serve immediately.

Instead of wood ear black fungus, you may use black Chinese mushrooms. If you cannot find sweet rice wine, sweet cream sherry or mirin, then use ordinary rice wine or sherry and sweeten it with 1½ tablespoons of sugar or honey.

Serves 4–6
Preparation time : 15 mins + marinating time
Cooking time : 35 mins