Phoenix-Dragon Chicken


Preparation info
  • This party dish would serve

    6 to 8

    easily as a main course.
    • Difficulty


Appears in

By Irene Kuo

Published 1977

  • About

In Chinese mythology, the phoenix is a bird symbolic of feminine beauty, the dragon a symbol of male virility. When the delicate white meat of chicken breast, considered feminine, is coupled with hearty red ham, regarded as masculine, the dish is usually given, mostly by the Cantonese chefs, a fanciful name such as “Phoenix meeting Dragon in a lanterned court” to indicate that they have joined in harmony and bliss. I have simplified the name but not the bliss.