Chicken with Ginger and Wine

Collected from From Mothers to Mothers

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500 grams of chicken breast

200 grams of julienned ginger

100 mL white rice wine

1 handful of daylily

1 handful of black fungus

50 grams of peanuts

3 tablespoons of sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon of salt

(optional garlic and sesame oil)



1.  Soak dried daylily and black fungus overnight.  Drain water and rinse clean.

2.  Chop chicken breast into 1 cm thick slices.

3.  In a large wok or pan, heat sesame oil over high heat.  Add ginger slices and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant.

4.  Add chicken and cook for 2 minutes until slightly browned.  Add white rice wine (water if needed), and bring to boil.  Cook for 5 minutes.

5.  Add daylily and black fungus.

6.  Leave it to simmer for about 50 minutes.

nutritionist’s comments

Contributor:  Irene Lee

Nutritional value & potential benefits:

This is a popular H’Mong dish that  will warm up your body and help with recovery, as it includes ingredients with several healing properties. Some are often used in Chinese medicine (denoted by *).

  1. Chicken breast - is a lean, complete source of protein that helps repair muscle and tissues.

  2. Ginger* - provides fiber for digestion and vitamin C for the immune system. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can help relieve body pain (1).

  3. White rice wine - is used for cooking and taste in this recipe, but it also includes many amino acids, vitamins and minerals. 

  4. Daylily* - is rich in fiber to promote digestion, and high in vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for the immune system, reproduction, vision, and the functioning of many organs (2, 3).

  5. Black fungus* - is high in fiber for digestion, iron for blood cell function, and vitamin B2 (riboflavin) for organ function and antioxidation (4).

  6. Peanuts - are a complete protein and provide calories for energy. 

  7. Sesame oil - is highin polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which keeps cholesterol levels under control (5).

Mindful Modifications:

  1. If calories are not a concern, chicken thigh may be used in place of breast meat for a richer-tasting stew. 

  2. The alcohol content in this dish is minimal, because it is cooked for a long time, which allows the alcohol to evaporate. 

  3. If the dish is too spicy, reduce the amount of ginger. According to traditional Chinese medicine, ginger may create a lot of heat inside one’s body. 

  4. In the case of allergies, skip the peanuts!


  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php

  2. https://www.ttsh.com.sg/page.aspx?id=8079

  3. https://www.daylilygarden.com/daylilies-for-food-and-medicine/daylilies-as-food.html

  4. https://www.livestrong.com/article/510629-the-nutritional-benefits-of-wood-ear-mushrooms/

  5. https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/sesame-oil-health-benefits/