Chinese Simmer Chicken

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

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  1. I make this recipe often. It is an old Foster Farms recipe that calls for a whole chicken instead of chicken breast. Everything else is the same and the chicken comes out very flavorful and moist.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. (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 Recipe #105217. 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.
  5. My family loved this recipe. For us it uses everything we have in our place. Great recipe to make during the busy week.


  1. I make this recipe often. It is an old Foster Farms recipe that calls for a whole chicken instead of chicken breast. Everything else is the same and the chicken comes out very flavorful and moist.
  2. My very first recipe from Zaar this is what kept me coming back. I used cayenne pepper istead of the chilies and garlic powder instead of fresh garlic cloves. I have made this a couple of times and I've noticed that if you turn up the heat to high for a few minutes after the sauce is simmering it thickens very fast and you do not have to simmer it as long.
  3. Amazing! When I saw the cooking method I knew that cheaper cuts of chicken would be OK so I used chicken thighs instead of breasts and it was just great. I served over couscous but the sauce would be fantastic over rice as well. For anyone on a budget I'd say go for this recipe with a cheap cut of chicken and you can have a 5-star meal at a budget price.


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