5 from 1 vote
White Cut Chicken|Chinese Poached Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Easy Chinese poached chicken, also known as white cut chicken. Super great cold dish for summer days.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cantonese cuisine
Keyword: chicken, Poached
Servings: 2
Calories: 1173 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 1 chicken , around 2 pound
  • 4 ginger slices
  • 2 green onions make knots
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn , optional, I added this for personal habit
  • sesame oil for brushing
  • coriander for decoration
Ginger and scallion oil
  • 2 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green part scallion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander stems
  • 4 scallion whites , cut into pieces
  • 2-3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons broth for poaching the chicken
  1. Clean the chicken and remove feet and head. In a large pot, add chicken, green onion, Sichuan peppercorn and 3-4 slices of ginger and cooking wine. Then pour enough water to cover the chicken. Bring the content to a boiling with medium fire and continue cooking for around 8 minutes (see note 1 for the adjusting of the time needed). Turn off the fire, cover the lid and let the chicken stay for around 20 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare enough iced water. Transfer the chicken out and soak it with iced water. Turn over several times during the process until the chicken is completely cooled down. Brush some sesame oil on surface and then cut into chunks and lay in the serving bowl.
To make the ginger and scallion dip sauce
  1. In a small bowl, mix grated ginger with chopped green onion and coriander. Heat up 2 to 3 tablespoons cooking oil in wok or deep pan. Add scallion white to fry over slow fire until the scallion white becomes slightly brown and you smell strong fragrance.
  2. Pour the hot oil to the small bowl with other seasonings. Add 2 tablespoons water for poaching the chicken. Add pinch of salt. Mix well.
  3. Serve the chicken with the dipping sauce.
Recipe Notes

For larger chicken, the poached time need to be lengthened slightly.

Nutrition Facts
White Cut Chicken|Chinese Poached Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1173 Calories from Fat 783
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 87g 134%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 340mg 113%
Sodium 2264mg 94%
Potassium 986mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 85g 170%
Vitamin A 22.1%
Vitamin C 16.5%
Calcium 6.8%
Iron 24.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.