Beggar’s Chicken

Boned Stuffed Chicken Baked in Clay

Preparation info

  • Serves


    as a Main Course.
    • Difficulty


Appears in

Chinese Technique

By Ken Hom

Published 1981

  • About

Of several legends concerning the origin of this recipe, the most common is that a beggar, having stolen a chicken and thinking he had eluded his pursuers, started to cook the chicken over a campfire by a river. When the chicken was half cooked, he heard his pursuers in the distance. In a panic, he buried the chicken in the mud. The pursuers arrived, but could not find the chicken and departed. The beggar retrieved the chicken, which by now was encased in mud, finished cooking it, and crack