30 Minutes Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe

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Craving for soy sauce chicken but short on time? Don’t worry! Try my secret recipe and make it in just 30 minutes! You won’t believe how easy and tasty this dish is!

Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe

Serve: 2 to 4 people
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

2 ½ pounds whole chicken
1 tablespoon oil
3 pieces ginger
2 stalks scallions
3 cups water
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons of Shaoxing wine, or other cooking wine
1 tablespoon of rock sugar, or granulated sugar
1 stick cinnamon
2 pods star anise
2 pieces bay leaves

Soy Sauce Chicken Instructions

To prepare the chicken:
  • Use a paper towel to scrub on the skin to remove any filaments.
  • Use kitchen shears to cut out the backbone to spatchcock the chicken. Then, cut a notch into the breastbone. (By doing so, the cooking time is reduced by about half!)
To pan fry The chicken:
  • In a pan over high heat, add the oil. Place the chicken inside, skin side down. Pan fry for about 1 minute until golden brown. Flip the chicken and cook for another 1 minute until golden brown.
To braise the chicken:
  • Add the ginger and scallions. Pour in the water, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and Shaoxing wine. Rock sugar, cinnamon, star anise, and bay leaves.
  • Over medium-low heat, cover the lid, and braise the chicken for about 20 minutes until completely cooked through. (If your chicken is heavier, add a few more minutes.)
  • Over high heat, uncover the lid, and reduce the sauce for about 2 minutes. Constantly pour the sauce over the chicken. (At this point, the internal temperature of the chicken is at least 165 degrees F or 74 degrees C.)
To serve:
  • Remove the chicken and cut (or shred) it into small pieces. Serve!
Did you know?
  • Soy sauce chicken is a classic Chinese dish. It’s a must-have on every holiday and celebration. There is a Chinese saying: “It’s not a banquet without the chicken.” (無雞不成宴)
  • According to traditional Chinese medicine, chicken helps to replenish qi and purify blood. It also boosts your energy. Happy cooking and enjoy!

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