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The Hirshon Drunken Chicken With Spiced Rice Wine Granita – 醉雞

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  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 10 scallions, cut into 3“-4” pieces
  • 1 2″ piece ginger, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 dried bay leaves
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 8 chiles de arbol, stemmed
  • 5 tbsp. plus 1 cup shaoxing rice wine – 紹興酒
  • 4 boneless skin-on organic chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lbs.)
  • 3 tsp. Mei Kuei Lu Chiew – 玫瑰露酒, méiguīlujiǔ, lit. “rose essence liquor”: a variety of Chinese liquor distilled with a special species of rose and crystal sugar. Alcohol content by volume: 54-55%
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  • To Garnish: a handful of goji berries, fresh chives


  1. Heat a large flat-bottomed wok over high heat until hot. Add oil, half the scallions, and half the ginger; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add 4 cups water; bring to a boil. Add salt, sugar, bay leaves, star anise, and cinnamon; return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer for 3 minutes. Strain scallion–ginger liquid through a fine sieve into a bowl (discard solids); let cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, wipe wok clean; add 3 cups water; bring to a boil. Add remaining scallions and ginger, 5 tbsp. of the rice wine, and chicken; return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until chicken is just cooked through, 6–8 minutes. Drain chicken mixture in colander, cover with ice cubes and let cool for about 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a wide dish; set aside.
  3. Stir remaining 1 cup rice wine and liquor into reserved scallion–ginger liquid. Stir together ½ cup wine mixture with ¾ cup water in a bowl. Pour into an ice cube tray; freeze. Pour remaining wine mixture over chicken; cover and let chill for 24 hours.
  4. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add wolfberries and chiles; cook for 1 minute. Drain. Cut chicken into 1 ½” × 2″ pieces; divide along with chiles between 8 martini glasses. Pulse rice wine ice cubes in a food processor for 10–15 seconds until slushy, to make a granita. Spoon about 2 tbsp. of granita into each glass; garnish with goji berries and chives.
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  • Calories: 450.84 kcal
  • Sugar: 9.07 g
  • Sodium: 931.64 mg
  • Fat: 17.02 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.96 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.17 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.63 g
  • Fiber: 3.62 g
  • Protein: 31.85 g
  • Cholesterol: 87.09 mg