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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.

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins


  • 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.

Leave a Comment

32 Responses to “Red Glutinous Wine Chicken”

  1. Lyndsey — April 8, 2011 @ 6:12 am

    It does look very interesting. I have use glutinous black rice, but not red rice. I actually like the color.


  2. uncle sam — May 17, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    is this suitable for children since it has wine on it?


  3. Jessica — August 13, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    I’m a foo chow girl, and I LOVE THIS DISH. Everytime I’m back in Singapore, I never fail to ask my grandmother to whip me up this dish and I would savour every single bit. Just this dish, and rice, would make me an extremely happy girl! I do agree that the home-made ones are the best, the store bought ones simply cannot put up a fight!


  4. Grace — June 9, 2012 @ 3:45 am

    your mom is foo chow?! Same here!! Omg I’m so happy to find this online! I’m a big fan of your website!! Keeep up the goos work!


  5. Sandrine — August 7, 2012 @ 12:07 am

    My mom made us some rice wine and beside ground pork mee sua soup. This is another version I can make with the wineless. Made it last night, I can’t stop eating it!! Thanks for the great recipe!


  6. JT — August 24, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    I came across your website by accident one afternoon at work, and started to browse through… I couldnt believe my eyes when I saw this recipe!! My dad was from hock chew so mum used to cook this on every one’s birthday. It sure brings back all the memory..I use to ‘smuggle’ the ang chow from home into here when I was at Uni. And so many of the other recipes are so familiar and what mum used to make, and been forgotten after all these years. I am a big fan now, will try many of your recipes sooooon !
    Thank you, Witty!


    • wiffy replied: — August 24th, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      thanks for your kind comment, JT! happy to hear from those who love and appreciate these simple & delicious home-town favourite dishes =)


  7. JT — August 24, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    p.s. I live in Sydney.


  8. Pearlyn — January 23, 2013 @ 12:29 am

    Hi , may I know if they deliver red wine lees and mee sua to Singapore in big amount like 10 packets of wine lees and 10 mee sua ? Thank you


  9. Julio — November 27, 2014 @ 7:21 am

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



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