Chicken and Ginger Wine is a typical and very popular Chinese confinement dish for women. Specifically, during the first 30 days of their postnatal period. In traditional Chinese medicine, they use this dish to help treat many medical conditions. Particularly, to promote blood flow, eliminate wind, keeps the body warm and helps with recovery of the body. Besides, women consume this dish during their confinement period. However, everyone in the family also highly relish this dish as a Chinese home cooking comfort dish. Normally cooked with whole chicken, old ginger, Shaoxing rice wine (usually has wheat added). And sometimes they also add black fungus and/or Shiitake mushrooms.
Naturally Gluten Free Chicken and Ginger Wine
For my gluten free Chicken and ginger wine recipe. Likewise, I am using skinless and boneless chicken thighs, ginger and medium dry sherry. Besides, it is not only very easy to make but also very delicious. Due to the fragrant spiciness of ginger and the crisp, fruity and nutty flavour of medium dry sherry. This naturally gluten free chicken and ginger wine recipe is also low carb, dairy free, nut free, egg free, soy free and corn free. You many also like my other gluten free ginger wine recipe: Instant Pot Braised Beef and Ginger Wine.
Nutritional Values and Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger, scientific name Zingiber officinale, is a brown, tropical root that originated from China. Likewise, many practitioners in traditional Indian and Chinese medicines have been using ginger as a spice for many centuries. Ginger root contains essential oils like gingerol and zingerone. Many have been using ginger 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.
Customarily, even doctors in Eastern medicine use ginger. Specifically, to warm and stimulate the body and for treating digestive and respiratory disorders. Studies have shown that we can use ginger 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.
Chicken and Ginger Wine
For the garnish:
- 2 spring onions thinly sliced lengthwise
- Heat up a non-stick wok with 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and stir-fry the ginger on low heat until lightly golden and fragrant. Stirring frequently.
- Add the chicken pieces and stir-fry for 5 minutes on medium to high heat. Stirring occasionally.
- Then add in the dry or medium dry sherry, sesame oil, salt and water and stir-fry for another 3 minutes.
- Bring to a boil and then turn the heat to low, cover with lid and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Garnish with spring onion and serve with steamed basmati rice.