Beggar’s Chicken



Preparation info

  • Makes

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking

By Eileen Yin-Fei Lo

Published 2009

  • About

The story of this dish of many flavors is rooted in a northern folktale. It is said that a beggar, without a home, money, or food, stole a chicken from a farm and ran away until he was satisfied that he was sufficiently far from the farm to cook it. But because he had no home, he had no stove. To cook his stolen chicken, he dug a hole in the ground, filled it with twigs and sticks, ignited them, covered the chicken with pond mud, put it on the fire, and baked it. When it was cooked, he crac