Beer Shredded Chicken (啤酒手丝鸡)



If your spouse is drunk and he or she insisted that he or she did not drink any alcohol, I think you will not believe him or her because there are some alcoholic smell in the shirts or body… The alcoholic smell can be rather strong and it is the same when you use alcohol to cook a dish.. This beer chicken is flavoured by alcohol instead of the normal spices that we used.


Do not worry, the flavour is there but the alcohol will be evaporated in the process of cooking. I get this extremely simple recipe from one Taiwanese Facebook Group… About a month ago, the Group’s timeline were flooded with the same type of beer braising posts.


The original recipe appeared to use beer to braise the duck, subsequently, more and more variants come out from pork belly to lamb to chicken to beef… The picture did caught my attention as it looks glossy and juicy and I also believed that it will be a nice dish.


I have decided to try and braise the chicken using beer too… Since I have kids, I decided to shred my chicken and prepare another dish, shredded chicken cold dish.This is optional as the chicken can be served like poached chicken after it was braised. The dish was well liked by family members as expected as it is sweet and aromatic.


I have used pressure cooker to prepare the dish which took me only 15 minutes to cook and another 15 minutes for the submersion in the braise sauce. If you do not have the pressure cooker, you can braise over the stove but you have watch over the heat…



Servings: 5-6 adult servings


  • 1 medium size chicken
  • 1 can of beer (about 330 ml)
  • 1/3- 1/2 cup of golden syrup or maltose or brown sugar (depends on personal preferences)
  • 1/2 cup of dark soya sauce
  • 1 cup of water

* The measurement are very flexible and very much depend on the size of your chicken and the size of the pot. You may need to adjust the water level subsequently to at least cover 3/4 of your chicken.

Shredded Chicken Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons of light soya sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons of dark vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of chilli oil (optional)
  • Some sesame seed
  • Some shredded cucumber
  • Some shredded carrots



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  • Use part of dark soya sauce to marinate the chicken for at least 15 minutes. This will help to have a darker colour .

  • Transfer the marinated chicken to the pressure cooker pot, add the beer , remaining dark soya sauce, brown sugar or maltose. Add the water and adjust the water to at least 3/4 height of the chicken. Pressure cook the chicken for 15 minutes. Once it is done, turn the chicken around and let the other side submerge in the braising liquid. Let it rest in the pot for at least 30 minutes for colour consistency.

  • For the braising sauce, if it is too watery, transfer it to a pot and boil the sauce over the stove until the sauce thickens. Timing depends on the quantity of your braising liquid.

  • Shred the chicken if preferred and set aside. In a bowl, mix sesame oil, dark vinegar, chilli oil, sugar and light soya sauce. Stir until well combined. In a plate, place the shredded chicken, cucumbers and carrots. Drizzle the sauce and dust sparingly with toasted sesame seeds. Toss well and best served chilled as an appetizer. Alternatively, the shredded chicken can be drizzle with the braising sauce.


  • If you do not have a pressure cooker, you can always braise the chicken using a wok or pot over the stove. However, you will need to monitor the timing. An estimated timing will be about 30-45 minutes.

  • If you preferred, garlics and ginger or even spices like cinnamon can be added. However, it will not have the original beer smell as the smell was masked by the spices.



This is a flexible recipe and again, it very much depends on your personal liking, your pot size and your chicken size. You have to exercise judgement and do some adjustment to suit your family members’ taste buds. The left over sauce can be thickened or it can be used as broth for cooking noodles and etc.  Lastly, you can also braised with pork belly, pig maw , pork knuckles , duck and etc..


Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.


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