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Boiled Chicken with Spicy Ginger-Garlic Dip recipe

Boiled Chicken with Spicy Ginger-Garlic Dip Recipe

Boiled Chicken with Spicy Ginger-Garlic Dip recipe

With this dish, the chicken is blanched in boiling water, then refreshed in cold water, and this process is repeated three to four times. This ensures that the chicken skin is firm without being too greasy and the meat remains succulent. This dish is extremely popular during the summer months in Taiwan.

Ingredients :

  • 2 litres (64 fl oz / 8 cups) water
  • 30 g (1 oz) spring onion
  • 30 g (1 oz) ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 300 g (11 oz) ice cubes
  • Cold water, as needed
  • 1 medium-size chicken
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine
  • 11/2 Tbsp salt


  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp thick soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 11/2 Tbsp stock from boiling chicken

Method :

  1. Place the water, spring onion, ginger, star anise and Sichuan peppercorns into a stockpot large enough to hold all the ingredients. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
  2. Fill a container or bowl large enough to hold the chicken with the ice, then half-fill it with cold water.
  3. Lower the chicken into the stockpot and leave for 30 seconds. Remove the chicken and soak it in the iced water. Repeat this step 3–4 times, then drain the chicken and set aside.
  4. Bring the water in the stockpot to a boil and add the chicken. Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes, then turn off the heat. Cover the pot and leave for 30 minutes.
  5. Mix the ingredients for the dip evenly and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Mix the rice wine with the salt.
  7. Remove the chicken from the stockpot and rub well with the rice wine and salt mixture. Leave the chicken to cool completely.
  8. Slice the chicken and serve with the dip.

Serves 4

Note : If desired, chicken legs can be used in place of a whole chicken when preparing this dish.


Source :
Family Favourites – Classic Street Foods – Popular Snacks
by : Tsung-Yun Wan


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