White-Cut Chicken

60 mins (prep 30)
14 ingredients
makes 8 servings (as part of a chinese meal)
It's traditional to serve a whole chicken, including the head and feet, for Chinese New Year. The white meat symbolizes purity, and serving the entire bird represents unity. Plunging the chicken into ice water after poaching ensures that the meat is perfectly juicy and tender. A very simple but powerful dipping sauce tops it off. Use only a tiny amount — it's quite strong.

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  • 1 (3- to 3 1/2-lb) whole chicken (with head and feet if desired), neck (if without head) and giblets reserved for another use if desired
  • 1 bunch scallions, halved crosswise
  • 2 oz smithfield or other cured ham (1 piece or sliced), trimmed of any spice coating
  • 6 (1/4-inch-thick) round slices peeled fresh ginger
  • 14 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon asian sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 bunch scallions (white and pale green parts only), cut into very thin 2-inch strips
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce (preferably pearl river bridge brand)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated (with a rasp) peeled fresh ginger
  • special equipment: a rasp grater; a well-seasoned 14-inch flat-bottomed wok; a heavy cleaver


Serving Size (416.36 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 0.0 Calories from Fat 0.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 307.25mg 102.42%
Total Carbohydrate 0.0g 0.0%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.0%
Sugars 0.0 g %
Protein 0.0g 0.0%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 12.6mg% Iron 0.0mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
or, cured ham, asian sesame oil, fresh cilantro leaves, light soy sauce, peanut or vegetable oil, grated, a, special equipment