Out of all of the drunken dishes in Chinese culture, drunken chicken wings has become the most popular in western culture. Making them is a surprisingly easy process with flavorful results.
To make drunken chicken wings, simply cook the chicken wings in Chinese rice wine with spring onion and spices. Serve them hot or cold with rice, drizzled with Chinese wine broth and topped with green spring onion.
If you are looking to try making a delicious, classic Chinese dish, this simple recipe will give you the steps you need to start experimenting and learning more about Chinese cooking. Read on to learn how to make drunken chicken wings, how to choose Chinese rice wine, and more.
How To Make Drunken Chicken Wings
The process of making drunken chicken wings is straightforward. Place your chicken wings into a pot with Chinese rice wine and water until the wings are submerged. Trim, clean, and cut the spring onion and add the white parts of it to the pot. Add the ginger, lemongrass, chicken bouillon cube, soy sauce, and star anise and bring the pot to a boil over high heat.
Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down, put a lid on the pot, and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the wings to fully cool down. Drizzle the wings with the Chinese wine broth and garnish with the green part of the spring onion, then serve.
Serving and Storing Drunken Chicken Wings
Drunken chicken is traditionally served cold, but you can serve it hot if you wish. Typically, it will be served with rice. You can also add a vegetable side dish to your meal.
You can store the drunken chicken wings in the fridge. Letting the chicken sit in the broth overnight often improves the flavor, so some people opt to store the drunken chicken wings in the fridge overnight before serving.
The ingredients list for this recipe is fairly short, with most of it being spices and garnish. Here’s the full list of ingredients you will need and brief notes on why you need them:
- Chicken wings: This will be the majority of the meal. Try to get fresh chicken wings rather than frozen for better taste and texture.
- Chinese rice wine: This is what will give the chicken its flavor. It also makes up the broth that is essential to the meal.
- Chicken bouillon cube: This will be added to the broth to give it a little more flavor. You only need half of a cube.
- Fresh peeled ginger: Ginger is a flavorful root used in many Chinese recipes. Although there are other spices in this dish, ginger will help add a lot of flavor to the chicken wings.
- Spring onion: The white part will be used to cook the chicken wings, while the green part will be used as a garnish at the end of cooking the chicken wings.
- Lemongrass, soy sauce, and star anise: These are the spices selected for this recipe, but feel free to experiment with your own blend of preferred spices and sauces.
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Chinese Rice Wine
The most popular Chinese rice wine commonly found in stores is Shaoxing rice wine. However, you can also use Shuan Sui rice wine. These types of Chinese rice wine can also be used to cook drunken shrimp and drunken tofu.
When buying Chinese rice wine, if you can find high-quality aged Shaoxing wine, that will provide better flavor for cooking. Liquor that has been aged for at least 5 years and that does not have “cooking” in the name will prove to be a better quality ingredient. However, whatever Chinese rice wine is available near you will suffice for this recipe.
Yellow wine is typically paired with Chinese meat dishes and has a nice sweetness that complements meat well. Types of yellow wine such as Huadiao Wine, Shao Hsing Wine, and Hu-er Hong work well with meat dishes. As mentioned previously, aged wine will provide a nicer, well rounded flavor.
If Chinese rice wine is not available anywhere near you, you can use a high-quality aged sherry wine as an alternative.
Drunken Chicken Wings Recipe
Tips And Tricks
The most popular Chinese rice wing is Shaoxing rice wine. You can find this and other Chinese rice wines at your local Asian supermarket. However, it is important to note that Chinese rice wine is for cooking purposes only and is not meant for straight consumption.
Star anise and lemongrass are not typically part of this dish but have been added to this recipe to bring out the flavor of the Chinese wine broth even more. However, if you have other spices and flavors you prefer, you can experiment with the Chinese wine broth. You can also try adding fish sauce to the dish.
Do I serve drunken chicken wings hot or cold?
Drunken chicken is traditionally served chilled or cold. However, if you want to serve it hot, you certainly can.
Can I use other parts of chicken for this recipe?
You can make this drunken chicken recipe with any cut of the chicken, including the leg, breast, drumsticks, or wings.
Other Chicken Wing Recipes
A simple but flavorful traditional Chinese meal that can be served hot or cold will be a great addition to any cookbook.
Try making the recipe with different spices, or explore the world of Chinese rice wines to bring out even more delicious flavors when making drunken chicken.
Regardless of your experience, making drunken chicken is an uncomplicated process with delicious rewards.