Drunken chicken

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Drunken chicken
ShaoxingWineChickenWings.jpg
One possible version of Shaoxing drunken chicken
Simplified Chinese 醉鸡
Traditional Chinese 醉雞
Literal meaning drunk chicken

Drunken chicken is the name given to several different ways of preparing chicken using alcoholic beverages.

China[edit]

In Chinese cuisine there are many different ways of cooking drunken chicken.

  • One nationally known and very popular version, Shaoxing, originated in the Zhejiang province of eastern China.[1] Shaoxing drunk chicken is cooked and marinated exclusively in historic Shaoxing wine to create a deep taste.[1]
  • In another version of the dish, the whole chicken is first steamed then chopped up into pieces appropriately sized for picking up by chopsticks. The steamed meat, along with its juice, is cooked with scallions, ginger and salt. After the chicken is cooked it is marinated in Chinese liquor, sherry or a distilled liquor, like whiskey, overnight in the refrigerator. The chicken is served chilled, often as an appetizer. Besides the liquor-flavored meat, another feature of the dish is the liquor-flavored gelatin that results from the chilled mixture of the alcohol and the cooking juices.
  • Typically in most traditional culinary methods for this dish, the chicken should have been fed grains and seeds that are soaked in rice wine. The type of wine varies accordingly to location and preference. The texture and flavour of the meat would be richer and deeper as opposed to solely cooking it in Chinese liquor. However this is seldom done in recent times as it entails a huge amount of cost for a marginal improvement in flavour

North America[edit]

A North American version (also known as beer can chicken, beer butt chicken, dancing chicken or chicken on a throne) is made by standing a prepared chicken upright on a partially filled can of beer and cooking it slowly in a barbecue or oven.[2] Most people who use this method believe that placing the can into the opening of the chicken so that the beer evaporates and permeates the cooking chicken. Some argue this is incorrect because the temperature of the inside of a chicken when done does not reach the boiling temperature of water or beer, thus no beer flavor makes its way into the chicken.[3]

Another related recipe is bourbon chicken, which is prepared from bourbon whiskey.

Latin America[edit]

The Argentine, Chilean and Mexican versions of this dish are called pollo borracho, and usually include green and black olives and cinnamon.

Greece[edit]

Μεθυσμένο κοτόπουλο (methisméno kotópoulo) - Drunken Chicken - is a dish found with many variations in taverna in Greece and Cyprus. Served as a meze or a main course, the basic recipe consists of chicken breasts, marinated in alcohol (usually Ouzo), sautéed, then braised in the marinade.

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