Drunken Chicken

Hello Dear Reader,

I made this great little recipe for my Mother in laws birthday in the middle of June and I thought I would post it as it is super easy and takes hardly any time at all to put on. It's another slow cooker recipe so apart from 10 to 15 minutes of a morning (rinsing the chicken takes most of that) you are rewarded with an amazing aroma, fall apart chicken and broth-y goodness when you get home at night.

Ingredients for Drunken Chicken-light soy, brown sugar, oyster sauce, Chinese cooking wine, 5 spice, star anise, chicken stock, garlic, ginger, chilli and of course a whole chicken. The chicken didn't make it into the photo 

Add all ingredients, for the stock, to the bowl of the slow cooker and give it a good stir

Add rinsed chicken to "Drunken Stock" and cook on low for 8 hours. 

After 8 hours of slow cooking, remove chicken from stock 

Remove skin from chicken and discard, then remove chicken meat from the carcass and shred, put directly onto the serving dish

Pour over about 1 to 2 cups of hot broth and sprinkle over chopped spring onions, serve immediately 

Serve chicken with rice and extra hot broth


1 whole chicken up to 1.8 kg
1 litre water
1 litre chicken stock (I use massel stock cubes)
2 cups Chinese cooking wine (available at asian grocers)
1/2 cup light soy
1/3 cup oyster sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 garlic cloves, cut into chunks
6 cm piece of ginger, peeled and cut into chunks
3 star anise
1 teaspoon five spice
2 or more chillies, depending on hot you like it, cut into chunks


Rinse chicken, inside and out, under cold water and let drain in a colander
Combine the water, stock, cooking wine, sauces, sugar, garlic, ginger, 5 spice and chilli in the bowl of a slow cooker
Add chicken and cook on low for 8 hours
Remove chicken from broth and strain broth through a fine sieve into a large saucepan, discard solids

You can either remove all chicken meat from the carcass or cut chicken into pieces with a sharp knife. I remove and shred the meat straight onto the serving dish. Then heat the broth through and pour over about 2 cups of broth and top with chopped spring onions, you want the chicken moist but not swimming in broth. I put the extra broth in a large bowl with a ladle for people to serve over their rice and chicken.

So, tell me, what is your go to recipe, for chicken, in the slow cooker? 


  1. YUM!!!!!!!!! I have added whole chicken to the shopping list along with star anise. These are the two ingredients I don't have in the pantry. I'm thinking this might make it into next weeks meal plan. Thank you for sharing.

    1. You are most welcome. It is a lovely meal. Enjoy


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