How to Cook Hakka Confinement Chicken

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Hakka Confinement Chicken Recipe


  • 4 large chicken drumsticks
  • ¼ cup ginger, shredded
  • ¼ cup Chinese rice wine
  • ½  tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsps cooking oil
  • ½ – 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chicken powder (optional)
  • 3-4 Tbsp honey (if you’re going low GI like I was) or sugar
  • ½ cup water


  1. Heat cooking oil in saucepan, then add shredded ginger and sauté about one minute, or until aromatic.
  2. Add chicken legs and cook a further minute.
  3. Add all other ingredients, cover and simmer on low heat until the chicken is cooked through (about 15-20 minutes). Partially open the lid to reduce the sauce a little towards the last 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove from  heat and serve.

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