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Soy Sauce Chicken

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Try this Simple Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken and let us know what you think.  I am sure you will love it.

Soy sauce chicken

Soy sauce chicken is a traditional Cantonese cuisine dish made of chicken cooked with soy sauce. It is considered a siu mei dish in Hong Kong. Another Cantonese dish, white cut chicken, often served with soy sauce dip, is more savored for the taste of the meat, where the freshness of the chicken is noticeable.

Yield: 4 portions

Soy Sauce Chicken

An image of a whole chicken cut up in pieces prepared in soy sauce

Looking for a new Chinese recipe for chicken? Try this Simple Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken and let us know what you think.  I am sure you will love it!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup minced garlic
  • ¼ cup minced fresh ginger
  • 1 whole 2kg chicken with skin
  • ½ tsp five-spice powder
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions


  1. Rub the dark soy sauce over the chicken to coat.
  2. Sprinkle 5 spices and ginger powder inside the chicken.
  3. Combine sugar, soy sauce, water, garlic, and ginger in a large stockpot; stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil.
  4. Place chicken in the pot skin side down and boil, turn chicken in pot every 5 minutes.
  5. Boil chicken until no longer pink at the bone and juices run clear, about 20 minutes.
  6. Turn off heat and leave the chicken in the pot covered for another 30 minutes turning every 10 minutes.
  7. The sauce mixture will turn into a rich, brown glaze. Remove pot from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
  9. Place chicken on a platter and sprinkle with chopped green onions.


Prepared, tried, and tested MelanieKramar from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs 

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 1367Total Fat 67gSaturated Fat 19gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 42gCholesterol 380mgSodium 4313mgCarbohydrates 58gFiber 1gSugar 51gProtein 126g

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Soy Sauce

Soy sauce is a liquid condiment of Chinese origin, traditionally made from a fermented paste of soybeans, roasted grain, brine, and Aspergillus oryzae or Aspergillus sojae molds. It is considered to contain a strong umami flavor.

Kikkoman Soy Sauce (10 oz.) – Pack of 2
Kikkoman Soy Sauce (10 oz.) - Pack of 2
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