I prepared this dish when Diana came home over the weekend. Beside soy sauce chicken I made roast pork/siew yoke too. This is a full- fledged Chinese meal for us. This is something we can easily get from the Chinese restaurant in Chinatown but I prefer to prepare this at home. If you are not a fan of whole chicken you can always use this same sauce for chicken thigh, drumsticks or chicken wings.
Source: My Kitchen Snippets
1 whole chicken – about 2 – 2.5 pounds
4-6 hard boiled eggs - peeled
2 cups low sodium light sauce
¼ cup dark caramel soy sauce
¼ cup Chinese cooking wine
2 cups water
3 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
2” piece ginger – sliced
4 cloves garlic – peel and smashed
4 green onions – cut into 3” length
1/2 cup rock sugar
1/2 tsp 5 spices powder
1. Clean and remove fats from the chicken. Pat it dry.
2. In a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, combine all the sauce ingredients together. Cover, and simmer on medium-low heat for 15 minutes until it is fragrant.
3. Slowly put in the chicken, and let it simmer for 15 minutes, then flip the chicken over to the other side and continue to simmer for another 15 minutes. Flip the chicken over for the second time and let it simmer for 10 min and do the same for the other side.
4. Add in the hard boil eggs and turn off the heat. Cover the lid and let the chicken soak in sauce for another 20 minutes.
5. Remove the chicken and let it cool down a bit before cutting them into bite size pieces. Cut the eggs into halve. Drizzle some of the sauce over the chicken and serve with warm rice.
Note: Many Chinese home will have a tub of this sauce in the freezer, and re-use it each time they want to make soy sauce chicken. This sauce will get better, more flavorful with times. If you want to preserve this sauce all you have to do is strain the balance sauce, freeze it and when it is time to use all you have to do is add in the fresh aromatic to this base sauce.
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