5 from 4 votes
Easy Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken
Prep Time
4 hrs
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins
Easy Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken, traditional version
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cantonese
Keyword: chicken
Servings: 2
Calories: 1161 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 1 whole organic chicken ,800g
  • steamed rice for serving
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken stock or water
Marinating sauce
  • 3/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. rock sugar
  • 1 inch root ginger ,smashed
  • 3 scallions ,cut into small sections
  • 4 garlic cloves ,smashed
  • 2 star anises
  • 1 small piece of cinnamon
  • 1 small piece of sand ginger 沙姜,recommended to include it or you can use dried ones
  • 1/3 cup rice wine
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  1. Firstly, remove the chicken feet and clean the main body. Add all of the marinating ingredients and massage the chicken for couple of minutes. Set aside for at least 3 hours. Turn over at least twice during the time.
  2. Transfer the marinating juice to a pot (just enough to hold the chicken, do not use oversized pot). Add around 1 cup of chicken stock or water. Bring it to a boiling.
  3. Place the chicken in and keep spreading the sauce on the chicken with the help of a scoop. After adding the chicken, the temperature of the liquid will drop quickly. Use medium to slow fire and keep the liquid almost simmering but not boiling. This is the key to keep the chicken tender.
  4. Simmer one side for 10 to 12 minutes and then turn over, simmer the other side and the stomach for another 10 to 15 minutes until 3/4 of the sauce are cooked off. Cover the lid and let the chicken stay inside for 10 minutes, with no heat and covered.
  5. Transfer out and then cut into large bite size pieces.
  6. The best way is to serve it with steamed rice. In addition, you can spread the remaining liquid on the rice and make the dish ever better.
Recipe Notes

Do wait until the chicken is cooled down slightly for smooth cutting edges.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1161 Calories from Fat 621
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 69g 106%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 303mg 101%
Sodium 6142mg 256%
Potassium 1171mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 18g
Protein 89g 178%
Vitamin A 14.8%
Vitamin C 14.1%
Calcium 9.2%
Iron 39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.