Tea-Soaked Drunken Chicken With Cilantro-Scallion Oil

Tea-Soaked Drunken Chicken With Cilantro-Scallion Oil

Made from fermented glutinous brown rice, Shaoxing wine is what gives this dish its slightly sweet flavor and nutty fragrance. The dish relies heavily on the wine's aroma and flavor, so if you can’t find it, substitute with a good quality dry sherry (a Manzanilla variety will work well). Here, the chicken is poached instead of simmered, guaranteeing a moist bird that soaks in the flavor of its cooking liquid. But if it's a more intense flavor you're looking for, allow the chicken to chill in the poaching liquid overnight.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a medium saucepan, combine rice and 2 1/4 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer gently over low heat until all of the liquid is absorbed, 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand covered for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Step 2

    As rice cooks, combine wine, tea bags, salt, sugar, ginger, peppercorns and 2 cups of water in another medium saucepan, and mix well. Add chicken (make sure it is completely submerged) and bring to a boil. Cover, turn off the heat and let stand until cooked through, about 15 minutes (poaching time may vary by a few minutes if chicken breast is smaller or larger than 1/2 pound). Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let rest for at least 5 minutes. Discard the poaching liquid.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine cilantro, scallions, oil and lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Step 4

    Slice chicken and serve with brown rice and cilantro-scallion oil.