Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken
photo by Meg-a-cook
- Ready In:
- 1 whole chicken, cut into parts
- 1⁄3 - 1⁄2 cup soy sauce (use low sodium if you like)
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1⁄4 cup rice wine or 1/4 cup dry sherry
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, crushed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 1 -2 piece star anise
- 2 cloves garlic
- chopped birds eye chile (optional)
- 1 stalk scallion, chopped
- sesame seeds
- Mix all ingredients, except chicken, scallions, sesame seeds in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add chicken, then let simmer 30-40 minutes, turning chicken pieces occasionally.
- Remove chicken pieces from sauce and set aside in a serving platter.
- Skim fat from the sauce, thicken it with cornstarch mixture (1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 TB water) and pour the sauce over chicken.
- Sprinkle scallions and sesame seeds and serve with rice.
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This turned out great! My aunt gave me a recipe for soy sauce chicken, but this one blew it away. I pretty much followed the recipe as is. I used a third cup low sodium soy sauce and one star anise, as that's what most commentors recommended. I only made this with half a chicken and the sauce never reached the top of my chicken pieces. I had to turn them at 10 minute increments. Maybe I'll use a smaller pot next time. And since the breast cooks faster than the thigh I added the breast after the first 20 minutes. Not salty at all. I even used some of the sauce on the white rice and couldn't bear to part with it even after we finished the chicken. My husband gives this 2 thumbs up. He couldn't stop talking about how good it was.
I love how EASY this recipe is! It doesn't require a lot of watching and goes together so fast! Thank you. (Apologies to the creator of the dish: I didn't have the five spice powder or the star anise. Just left it out and it was still very good. I didn't have the scallions either but garnished the top with some chopped cilantro I happened to have - along with the sesame seeds - and got lots of compliments.) Yumm!
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