Wenchang chicken

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Wenchang chicken
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Wenchang chicken after cooking, before being cut into pieces
Place of origin China
Region or state Hainan
Main ingredients Chicken
Cookbook: Wenchang chicken  Media: Wenchang chicken

Wenchang chicken (simplified Chinese: 文昌鸡; traditional Chinese: 文昌雞; pinyin: Wénchāng Jī), is a type of chicken and a chicken dish from the Wenchang city area in Hainan, China.


This variety of small, fleshy[1] free-range chicken is fed coconut and peanut bran. During the last two months before going to market, they are kept in coops above the ground.[1]


Wenchang chicken is known throughout the province of Hainan. The most traditional way to prepare Wenchang chicken is "white cutting" (Chinese: 白切), which involves immersing the chicken in almost boiling hot water and cooking to preserve its softness and tenderness. It is then eaten by dipping the pieces in a mixture of spices including chopped ginger and salt.[1] The skin of Wenchang chicken is typically yellow, with an oily appearance,[2] although the meat is somewhat drier and has more texture than battery chickens. This dish is also popular in mainland China, in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other Southeast Asian countries.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Hainan Four Best Known Dishes-Wenchang Chicken—Hainan Cuisine -Sunny Hainan Holiday |Hainan Tourism official website". Hainantour.com. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Wenchang Chicken - China culture". Kaleidoscope.cultural-china.com. 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 

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