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Red Glutinous Wine Chicken

Red Glutinous Wine Chicken Recipe

Red Glutinous Wine Chicken

Ideally, the dish is cooked with red glutinuous wine and red glutinous wine lees. But if you only have access to the glutinous wine lees, you can substitute the red glutinous wine with regular Chinese rice wine.


  • 500g chicken thigh (or half chicken) chop to small pieces
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil if you find sesame oil too “heaty”, substitute with regular cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 6 slices ginger sliced as thinly as possible
  • 200ml red glutinuous wine (红槽酒) may substitute with rice wine or even water
  • 4 slices ginger
  • 3/4 tbsp light soy sauce to taste
  • 100 ml hot water

(A) Marinade

  • 1 heaped tbsp red glutinous wine lees (红槽)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbsp grated ginger juice (grate ginger, squeeze the pulp for the juice)

Finishing touches

  • 2 tbsp red glutinuous wine may substitute with good quality Shaoxing wine; optional
  • coriander (cilantro)


  1. Marinade chicken in (A) for 30 minutes.
  2. In a wok, heat sesame oil and olive oil. Add thinly sliced ginger and fry them until crispy. Set aside the fried ginger strips.
  3. Using the remaining oil in the wok, add chicken pieces. Stir fry until the chicken is cooked on the surface.
  4. Add red glutinous wine (or rice wine), the remaining ginger and light soy sauce. Cover with lid and let the contents simmer for about 5 minutes.
  5. Turn the chicken pieces over with kitchen tongs so that they can absorb the sauce evenly. Add hot water. Simmer with lid closed for another 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Season the gravy to taste.
  6. Transfer chicken with red glutinous wine gravy to serving plate and drizzle two tablespoons of red glutinous wine over the chicken. Garnish with the previously prepared fried ginger and coriander.

Noob Cook Tip

Different wine lees have varying degree of saltiness. Season the dish with soy sauce or salt according to taste.

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36 comments on “Red Glutinous Wine Chicken”

  1. Any lobang to get this in Singapore? Please share! Thanks!

    • Get it from NTUC. It is from China. They even have ang chow wine. Home made is better because we will get wine as well as ang chow paste.

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  3. Could I use French Red wine instead for cooking red wine chicken. As I can’t get Chinese ingredients easily.

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