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Soy (soya) chicken

A huge favorite in Chinese restaurants all over the world, soy chicken, also known as soya chicken or soy sauce chicken, is chicken cooked in soy sauce. Well, a little more than soy sauce, actually. But it’s really easy to make. The only hard part is waiting for it to cool so that the bird can be sliced through the bones without the meat falling apart.

Recipe: Soy chicken


  • 1 whole chicken, about 1 kg.
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon bark
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 2 knobs of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 shallots, peeled
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 and 1/4 c. of dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 c. of light soy sauce
  • a splash of black vinegar
  • 2 generous splashes of rice wine
  • 4 tbsps. of sugar


  1. Butterfly the chicken.
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  3. Pour the soy sauces, rice wine and black vinegar into a wok. Add about four cups of water. Throw in the sugar, star anise, cinnamon, peppercorns, shallots, ginger and garlic. Bring to the boil then allow to boil uncovered for five minutes to allow the alcohol to evaporate.
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  5. Lower the chicken into the hot liquid, skin side down. When the liquid starts to boil once more, lower the heat, cover the wok and simmer the chicken for 30 minutes, turning the chicken over after 15 minutes. DO NOT overcook.
  6. Turn off the heat but leave the chicken in the cooking liquid to finish cooking in the residual heat. Then leave it there until it has cooled to room temperature. One tip: after turning off the heat, turn the chicken over once more so that the skin and the thicker portions of the meat are submerged in the liquid. This will give the chicken a deeper and darker color.
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  8. When the chicken has cooled, transfer to a chopping board. Chop — through the bones — into serving size pieces. You’ll need a very sharp cleaver to do this. If your knife is less than super sharp, the meat will fall apart while chopping even if the chicken has cooled to room temperature.
  9. Serve your soy chicken with ginger-scallion sauce.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s) Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2


  1. Noel Q. says

    Hi Ms. Connie… tried this recipe yesterday (since I was already able to buy the peanut oil, thanks to you, hehehe) and it was GLORIOUS!!! The chicken in itself was already wonderful, but paired with the dipping sauce it raised the flavor to new heights. Thanks for this recipe!

  2. RJ says

    So do we serve this cold? Can we reheat the chicken after chopping it, or is it not advisable?

  3. mae says

    Ms Connie, black vinegar is available in oriental stores or supermarkets? if i don’t have one can i just use rice vinegar? thank you :)

  4. Connie says

    It is although it’s not a regular item. Rice vinegar doesn’t taste the same but that’s okay. :)