Beggar's Chicken With Shredded Pork, Cabbage, and Ginger Juice

Beggar's Chicken
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  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
870 Calories
49g Fat
2g Carbs
98g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 870
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 309mg 103%
Sodium 1685mg 73%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 98g
Calcium 63mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for beggar's chicken, reprinted with permission from Madame Wong's Long-life Chinese Cookbook, is a surefire hit that bursts with flavor and protein.


  • 1 2 1/2 - 3-pound chicken
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger juice
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 Scallion (green onion, spring onion), chopped fine
  • 4 ounces pork, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon sherry
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 ounces preserved Yunnan cabbage, julienne

Steps to Make It

  1. Rub cleaned chicken with salt. Rub ginger juice inside the chicken. Set aside.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in the wok. Stir-fry scallion. Add pork. Stir on high heat. Add sherry, soy sauce, and sugar. Remove to bowl.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons more oil in the wok. Stir-fry cabbage. Pour in the meat mixture. Stir-fry 1 minute. (Add more sugar if desired).

  4. Stuff meat mixture into chicken. Wrap in foil and place in pan.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake chicken 1 hour. Then turn heat to 400 F and bake 15 more minutes.

  6. Remove foil. Remove stuffing from chicken to platter. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Arrange on top of stuffing. Serve hot.