Thursday, 17 October 2013

Soya Sauce Chicken (酱油鸡)

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Soya Sauce Chicken is a local favourite - we find it in many eateries in Singapore and its typically served with rice or egg noodles which makes an extremely satisfying lunch. During Chinese New Year, my mother in law would also typically buy soya sauce chicken for the reunion dinner. 


I've read that it isn't easy to braise a whole chicken in soya sauce, so this recipe with chicken legs is great for not so expert cooks like me. Besides I don't exactly relish the idea of chopping up a whole chicken so I'd much rather cook chicken parts where possible


It turned out to be really easy to make and I simply love how flavourful this chicken is after being stewed in the mixture of soya sauce, spices, herbs and rock sugar. The sauce was so good that we couldn't bear to throw it away so it was used for marinating and cooking tau pok and eggs the next day. 


Soy Sauce Chicken (3 servings)
Recipe from Rasa Malaysia

Ingredients:
  •  3 chicken legs
  • 2-inch ginger (skin peeled and lightly pounded)
  • 4 cloves garlic (lightly pounded)
  • 2 stalks scallions (cut into 2-inch lengths)
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick (about 2-inch length)
  • 1 dried honey date
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rose wine (preferred) or Shaoxing wine
  • 3 dashes white pepper powder
  • 4 oz. (113 g) rock sugar
  • 4 cups water
Method
  • Add all ingredients (except the chicken) into a deep pot and bring it to boil on high heat for 15 minutes. Add the chicken quarters into the pot and boil over high heat for about 10 minutes. 
  • Lower the heat to simmer for about 30 minutes. Turn off heat and let the chicken steeped in the soy sauce mixture for a few hours to soak in the flavor. 
  • Dish out the chicken quarters, chop into pieces and serve immediately (Soy sauce chicken is usually served cold or at room temperature.)
Note: The soya sauce mix is great for braising hard boiled eggs and tofu the next day, after all the chicken is gone!

This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Mich of Piece of Cake at this post.




32 comments:

  1. Mich this sounds absolutely delicious. My mouth is watering as I am reading your recipe ingredients. I just have to find a day that I can spare the time to make it. I wonder if you could make this in a crock pot? Take care, BAM

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  2. Delicious ... can I have a bowl of rice please? :)

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  3. heh heh... neither do i fancy chopping up a whole chicken.. this recipe rocks for a small family like mine... meantime, i shall steal yours ;)

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  4. Hi Mich, this looks super delicious! I've read that many cooks will keep the braising sauce - to add into the new batch of sauce. They say the aged sauce tastes better, wonder if that's true!

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  5. I can see how flavourful this chicken is. Aii....your post should come earlier, I just marinate my chicken to be going into the oven shortly. I try yours next day, ok?

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  6. Oh wow, Mich, the pictures have told all! They look delicious! You know my whole family loves eating chicken, hahaha, really, they look so tasty! My MIL's soy sauce chicken also always taste so good & each of my kid can eat at least 2 chicken maryland!

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  7. Mich, my fav is to go with a plate of dark soy dry noodles.. I'm so gonna make them soon.....

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  8. Looks so delicious! Thumbs Up!!!

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  9. This really does sound like a delicious meal, Mich and so easy too! I never think to braise chicken but I am definitely saving this recipe for future use. (I'm going to Pin it:) Marion will LOVE it and so will I!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  10. Look amazing Mich, always I think soya is awesome to chicken and the color is wonderful!! xo

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  11. Hi Mich,
    The dish looks so mouth watering good! Delicious!

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  12. Hi Mich, I think your soya sauce chicken looks so delicious! I would love to try it too!

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  13. Sounds delicious. I think I will also use chicken maryland like you, as it is easier than chopping up a whole chicken.

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  14. Mich, this soya sauce chicken look so good! Can simply have extra bowl of rice just with this:)
    mui

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  15. I love this chicken, Looks so yummy!

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  16. Oh yum -- this chicken looks so sticky and flavorful!

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  17. I love Chinese food using rock sugar! I have some left - I need to make this chicken. It looks SO good.. it's hard to take pictures of chicken with bones but you totally nailed it and looks so delicious!

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  18. I've never tried soya sauce Chicken so I'll be bookmarking this recipe. Looks really tasty!

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    1. Sure is great dish to serve and easy to prepare too! Love zero fumes cooking :)

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  20. Mich, soya sauce chicken is one of my favorite ways yo eat chicken! So far I only buy them from the restaurant and it is high time I made my own.

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  21. Mich , soy sauce chicken is a favorite as well but haven't made it for quiet sometime :P I love how you made it though , more flavorful and I bet more tastier than the one I usually make :D

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  22. i use the same marinade for peanuts! my soy sauce braised peanuts is a staple at my house. We eat it with porridge everytime!

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  23. Can't even remember when I last had soya sauce chicken...you made simple homey dishes look so inviting!

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  24. Mich, this is so yummy! the chicken looks so moist and delicious!

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  25. Hi Mich, your soya sauce chicken look extremely good.... I need extra rice to go with this. LOL

    Best regards.

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  26. Oh YUM! We love soya sauce chicken too especially my sons . This looks so mouthwatering ! ;)

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  27. this looks very delicious...i love soya sauce chicken with porridge too, with the sauce pour all over the porridge!

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  28. Wow look at that beautiful golden color!

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  29. I love this dish, yours look perfect. I spotted an extra ingredient in your version, must try adding in honey dates the next time i make it. Thanks for sharing!

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