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Chen Pi Chicken

Chen Pi Ji (Chicken)

This popular dish can be found all over China. Ji translates to Chicken while Chen Pi translates to strips of dried orange or tangerine peel. Chen Pi is classified a herb in the same way as garlic is a herb. It has wonderful benefits for health. You can find more about Chen Pi here. Orange peel or sauce is used to flavour chicken. This recipe can be grilled, roasted or barbeque.

A lazy way of kinda enjoying Chen Pi Ji, is to order it from your local Chinese restaurant. The ‘orange chicken’ dish is commonly offered in many Chinese restaurants in the West, which is cooked in orange sauce. The sauce is often made from orange peel too. Its not as healthy as this home cooked recipe.


  • 4 chicken pieces (thighs, drumsticks or breasts)
  • 1 tablespoon shaoxing rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chen pi, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • clump of root ginger, very finely grated


  • Mix everything together n a large dish. Make sure that the chicken pieces are covered evenly. Leave this to marinate overnight, no hurry.
  • When you are ready to eat or cook for later. Grill, roast or barbecue, until the chicken is cooked with the juices running clear.
  • Eat with some rice another great energy booster.
  • You can also eat this delicious dish cold.

Chinese Medical Benefits:

Chicken is considered a great Qi tonic and nourishing food. The chen pi, ginger and garlic are warming and promote smooth flow inside to help to clear Phlegm. This dish is a great general tonic dish with warming and strengthening nature. It is recommended for conditions like Qi stagnation and Phlegm.

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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose or assess. The information provided is not to be considered a substitute for consultation with a qualified health care practitioner.
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