Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken

Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken

Soy Sauce Chicken is a savory and flavorful dish that originates from Chinese cuisine. It features tender pieces of chicken cooked in a fragrant sauce made with soy sauce, green onions, and a blend of spices. This dish is beloved for its simplicity, yet rich and satisfying taste, making it a popular choice for weeknight dinners or special occasions. With its enticing aroma and delicious flavors, Soy Sauce Chicken is sure to delight your taste buds and become a staple in your recipe collection.
hands-on time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3



  • 1.5 lbs chicken thighs [1]

Fresh Produce

  • 5 green onions cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1-2 tbsp orange or lemon juice (optional)

Packaged Food/Staples

  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp cooking wine (optional)
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar or syrup

Culinary Spice Kit

  • 1 pouch ginger, garlic, orange peel, tangerine peel, cinnamon, fennel, star anise

Suggested Sides

  • rice cooked
  • thin long egg noodles
  • bok choy, broccoli, broccolini cooked
  • leafy greens (kale, chard, spinach) blanched


  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over high heat.
  • Add the chicken and fry it until all sides turn brown.
  • Take the chicken out.
  • Reduce the heat to medium.
  • Add the green onions and fry them until they are fragrant.
  • Return the chicken to the pan.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water, and 1 tbsp each of soy sauce, wine, and sugar, or more to taste.
  • If using salmon, add one more tbsp soy sauce.
  • Add the Soy Sauce Chicken spices. Mix well.
  • Add a little bit more water, soy sauce, wine, or sugar to adjust the seasoning to your taste.
  • Cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Let it cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Serve the Soy Sauce Chicken with your preferred sides.
  • Optionally, sprinkle a bit of orange or lemon juice over the plated meat.
  • Enjoy!


[1] Alternatively, you can substitute beef stew or salmon for the chicken.
If opting for beef, double the amount of water and soy sauce. Cook it covered over low heat for approximately 1.5 hours, ensuring it becomes tender.
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