Recipes for Chicken - Gallina Ubriaca

Gallina Ubriaca, otherwise known in English as drunken hen, is one of my all time best Italian recipes for chicken or hen. The hardest part is always trying to get the chicken drunk before you cook it...more details on doing this at the bottom of the page

Gallina Ubriaca is perhaps the most famous chicken recipe from the Veneto region of Italy, the region where you will find Venice Italy (view my guide to the city here). It is the part of Italy my family is from and the region that my site is about.

List of Ingredients:

1 drunk chicken cut into small cubes (the recipe actually calls for a hen but I often use chicken)

200 g. Mushrooms

A half litre of a full-bodied red wine

2 onions

2 small glasses of grappa - something the Veneto is very famous for. Many of my uncle's even add it to their morning coffee!

100 g. bacon.

50 gr of flour

2 teaspoons of olive oil

1 garlic clove

a little parsley

a sprig of rosemary

100 gr butter

salt and pepper to taste.

Cooking Instructions

• Lightly flour the chicken pieces.

• Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the olive oil. Brown the chicken and add the grappa.

• Add the salt, pepper, rosemary and wine. Cover and cook on low heat for a half hour turning the chicken occasionally.

• In a separate pan cook the bacon and cut up onions in a little butter, add the mushrooms, parsley, salt and pepper and cook on a low heat for fifteen minutes mixing often.

• Add the bacon mix to the chicken, mix and continue to cook on a low heat for fifteen minutes – keep covered.

Serve with polenta, you can find our genuine homemade polenta recipe here. .

Hope you enjoy the recipe

Maria

  • If you are already trying to get the hen drunk you can stop now, I was only joking:-) The drunken part refers to the chicken being cooked in the grappa.



If you need some other great recipes you can search out some of our favorite Italian recipes below:

Have A Great Italian Recipe?

Do you make a particularly good Gnocchi, Lasagna or any other Italian dish? Share it with us!


  1. Home
  2. Our Recipes
  3. Drunken Hen

Please Book with Us...

Maria here, if you enjoy my site and Facebook page I'd love your support.

Simply book your next trip anywhere (not only to Italy) with the search box below or with any of the hotel links on the website.

I promise you'll get the best deal on accommodation available and the income we receive from HotelsCombined helps us to:

  • Stay independent and to keep bringing you the best of Italy.
  • Never have to accept money from hotels directly, so that we can share only those we genuinely love.

Recent Articles

  1. The Venice Italy Beach Guide

    Come summer I can only take so much history before I need a beach. That's what the Venice Italy Beach Guide is all about. Discovering the best beaches near Venice.

    Read More

  2. Discovering the Best of Venice

    The best of Venice - 6 experiences you simply must have if you are visiting Venice. Here is the list...

    Read More

  3. 6 Places to See near Venice

    These 6 places to see near Venice are awesome. If you're visiting Venice don't miss out on seeing them.

    Read More

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.