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Chicken is one of the cheapest meat to buy and also one that most everyone eats. We tend to use it as one of our ingredients whenever we cook, so trying out a different recipe from time to time is paramount to giving life the pleasure of variety (Haze was starting to complain that I cook soya sauce chickenΒ [simpler version]Β too often).

Today’s recipe is a pretty simple ginger wine chicken with sesame oil, for those who prefer the halal version, feel free to omit the Chinese rice wine, I believe it won’t affect the taste too much.

The dish has a sweet and savory taste, with a light brownish that goes very well with rice. The chicken should be succulent and not over cooked, this feat is obtained by the use of corn starch. The inclusion of ginger also gives it a sweet aroma and add to the overall warmth of the dish.

It takes about 20 minutes to prepare and another 15-20 minutes to cook. Portion here is good for two person.

1/4 chicken, corn flour, ginger, spring onion
1/4 chicken, corn flour, ginger, spring onion


  • 1/4 chicken, thigh & drumstick (or boneless breast meat), cut to bite-size chunks
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 inches ginger, sliced
  • 3-4 stalks of spring onion, cut in 2 inches
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt & white pepper to taste

fry, then simmer in low heat with all the sauces
fry, then simmer in low heat with all the sauces

cooking instructions:

  • mix chicken with corn starch and a tablespoon of cooking oil, set aside for for 10-15 minutes
  • heat up frying pan with oil, add ginger
  • when ginger starts to emit aroma, add spring onion
  • stir for 30 seconds, then add chicken
  • when exterior of the chicken starts to brown, add all other ingredients
  • simmer for 10-15 minutes in low heat, add water if base gets too dry
  • ready to eat!

simple ginger wine chicken, classic Chinese dish, goes well with rice
simple ginger wine chicken, classic Chinese dish, goes well with rice

The dish turned out pretty good, the sauce goes very well with steamed rice, and I like to have the chicken with a side of soya sauce and chili padi.

Get cooking!

I have more recipes on the blog, hope you enjoy!

Discuss : KY cooks – Ginger Wine Chicken with Sesame Oil Recipe

  1. Yummy! I normally steam because I want minimum cleaning up!

  2. niccceeeee …. and for maximum enjoyment, serve not only with a side of soy sauce & cili padi, but also cab sauv or chardonnay, yessss πŸ˜€

  3. Not bad! If it had been soup it would be something like our Foochow red wine chicken soup – great with mee sua!

  4. You say portion is good for 2 persons but all I see is 1 portion when food looks this good. It still amazes me at the recipes people come up with….LOVE IT!

  5. Oh i love this! My mom cooks this dish quite often too, i like the aroma of chinese cooking wine :p

  6. Mmmmm I can almost smell it! πŸ˜€ Chicken + Wine + Sesame oil = love! Btw if you add light soy sauce and Thai basil to this it will become Taiwanese 3 cup Chicken!

  7. KY, my family is Cantonese and had never made this chicken dish before. I will try it and see family will like it very much. You have great recipes that are easy to follow.

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