Dong'an Chicken


This recipe is outstanding and easy to make; a table pleaser for sure.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


  • 4 quarts water

  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken

  • 2 ¾ inch piece fresh ginger, divided

  • 1 green onion, white part only, crushed

  • 2 fresh red chile peppers, seeded and thinly sliced into 1 1/2-inch slivers

  • 6 dried red chile peppers (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ cup lard

  • 4 teaspoons Shaoxing cooking wine

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • salt to taste

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ¼ cup cold water

  • 5 green onions, green parts cut into even slivers

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil


  1. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large pot; add whole chicken to the boiling water. Crush half the ginger and add to the boiling water. Add crushed green onion white. Boil chicken until 3/4 cooked, about 10 minutes. Remove from pot and cool; reserve chicken broth.

  2. Remove skin from cooled chicken and cut meat from the bones. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Discard skin and bones.

  3. Peel the remaining half ginger piece and slice into 1 1/2-inch slivers. Combine ginger slivers, fresh red chile pepper slivers, dried red chile peppers, and red pepper flakes in a bowl.

  4. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat; add lard and swirl around until melted. Cook and stir ginger-chile pepper mixture in the hot lard, continuously moving wok, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chicken meat; splash cooking wine around the edges of the chicken. Pour in vinegar and season with salt.

  5. Pour about 1 cup (or more as needed) leftover chicken broth into the chicken mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is no longer pink in the center and liquid is mostly evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes.

  6. Whisk cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water together in a small bowl. Stir cornstarch mixture into chicken mixture; stir to coat chicken. Add 5 green onions and stir to combine. Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

353 Calories
26g Fat
4g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 353
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 98mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 19mg 94%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 254mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.