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Chicken and Ginger Wine

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This is a typical and very popular Chinese confinement dish for women during the first 30 days of their postnatal period.  In traditional Chinese medicine, this dish is believed to help promote blood circulation, eliminate wind, keeps the body warm and helps with recovery of the body. But this dish is not only enjoyed by women during their confinement period, but also highly relished by everyone in the family as a Chinese home cooking comfort dish. Normally cooked with whole chicken, old ginger, rice wine (usually has wheat added) and sometimes black fungus mushrooms added. For my gluten free version, I am using skinless and boneless chicken thighs, ginger and pale or medium dry sherry. It is not only very easy to make but also very delicious due to the fragrant spiciness of ginger and the aromatic dry sherry. This naturally gluten free recipe is also dairy free, nut free, egg free and corn free.

Chicken and Ginger Wine

Ginger, scientific name Zingiber officinale, is a brown, tropical root that originated from China. It has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicines and as a spice for many centuries. Ginger root contains essential oils like gingerol and zingerone. It has been used since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory, anti-flatulence, carminative and anti-bacterial properties. Other spices related to the same class of spices are turmeric, galangal and cardamom. Ginger was customarily used by doctors in Eastern medicine to warm and stimulate the body and for treating digestive and respiratory disorders. Studies have shown that ginger can be used to improve vertigo, nausea and motion sickness during pregnancy. Other studies have also shown that ginger can help relief pain and swelling in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Gluten Free Chicken and Ginger Wine

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