Chinese Simmer Chicken

Total Time
10 mins
45 mins

This recipe was given to me by a knitting exchange partner and I just love it! It's really easy and quite delicious!

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  1. Heat oil in large skillet and brown chicken.
  2. Mix soy sauce, brown sugar, 1/2 cup water, catsup, sherry (or apple juice), pepper flakes, garlic and onion together.
  3. Add mixture to chicken and simmer for 35-45 minutes.
  4. Blend cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water and add to sauce to thicken.
  5. Garnish with seeds and serve.
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5 5

Made this last night. Was super simple and even my boys ate some. I was craving chinese, but didn't want the expense of ordering out, yet needed a recipe that used what we had on hand. This fit the bill perfectly. I used the apple juice instead of the sherry. Next time I might throw in some green or red peppers for more variety.

5 5

This was one of the better recipes i've gotten in a while. I made it a one pot meal. The only thing I changed was to use a nice Pinot Grigio instead of sherry. I started the rice cooker first, and doubled the sauce for my bone-in split chicken breast. Then when the chicken was done and removed, I put the sauce to a fast boil, and added a bag of fresh broccoli for about 4 minutes, we like it crisp. Then I threw in a handful of mushrooms that were in the 'use it or lose it' zone. Once the mushrooms were done I added a little bit of starch to thicken the sauce. This sauce was good on everything. My girls (2 & 6) ate everything on their plates. Thank you for a really easy, full meal.

(I still can't tell if this was meant to be made with boneless chicken. I used bone-in breasts and had to simmer them for about an hour. We really prefer the boneless, so I would probably use those next time. I covered the chicken, but that would probably not be necessary with boneless chicken. The sauce was really good. I didn't add any sesame seeds because I didn't feel like toasting them. Used sherry and 1/2 tsp. pepper flakes. I served this with Baked Orzo and Parmesan Cheese. December 10, 2009) On this second attempt, I used boneless chicken. I cooked it for 45 minutes, which was too long. I should have stopped at 30 minutes. I also made 6 breasts and multiplied the other ingredients by 1.5, using 3/4 tsp. of pepper flakes. I forgot to buy cornstarch (one of those things I never thought I'd run out of) so I tried to boil the sauce down some. This didn't work well and made it too spicy. I did use the sesame seeds this time. I have attempted this recipe twice and had trouble both times. I will probably not make it again because of that. Sorry. I seldom rate anything as high as 4* and I don't remember why I thought it was that good the first time I made it. I will, however, allow that star rating to stand.