Red Cooked Chicken, Eastern Chinese Style

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 50 mins

This recipe is adapted from "The Gourmet Chinese Regional Cookbook" by Calvin B. T. Lee and Audrey Evans lee. A fine alternative to Chinese stir fries. It can be made ahead and reaheated. The anise gives it a wonderully exotic flavor. The gravy can be saved and reused.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Star anise (available in Asian markets) comes in cellophane bags.
  2. Whole ones have a total of eight points, each with an anise seed inside.
  3. If you can't find a whole one, just count out eight broken pieces.
  4. Use a little more or less to taste but don't omit it since it's an important element in this recipe.
  5. The original recipe calls for Chinese rock sugar which imparts a lustrous finish to the gravy.
  6. Available in Asian stores.
  7. Remove any excess fat from the chicken.
  8. Heat oil and brown chicken on all sides.
  9. Add the anise, scallions, ginger& garlic and brown slightly.
  10. Combine the soy sauces, brown sugar, stock and sherry and pour into the pot with the chicken.
  11. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down until the sauce is simmering slightly.
  12. Cook uncovered for 45- 50 minutes, turning and basting every 10 minutes.
  13. To serve just pull the meat off with a serving fork.
  14. Use the gravy on the chicken and on rice.


Most Helpful

This remind me of teriyaki chicken with a hint of star anise. The sauce is very good to go with the rice. Thank you for sharing.

BHENG D. June 16, 2009

I made this with deboned chicken thigh meat instead. Just before serving I cut into bite-sized pieces. It was really good. My family loved it! Will definitely make this again. Thank you for sharing.

genevi16 October 25, 2007

well i haven't tried it yet but oh my, this comes across as one of the really authentic chinese dishes you find. I can't wait to try it!

MarraMamba July 06, 2007

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