Soy-Braised Chicken


Soy-Braised Chicken

Prep Time: 10 Mins Cooking Time: 2 Hours Total Time: 2 Hours 10 Mins


  • 3 or so pounds of bone-in, skinless chicken parts
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry or Chinese rice wine
  • 6 quarter-size coins fresh ginger, smashed with the side of a heavy knife
  • 4 fat scallions, cut into 1-inch nuggets and smashed
  • 1 1/2 whole star anise, broken into their individual points
  • 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks, broken up a bit (don’t substitute ground)
  • Zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns


  1. While you deal with the chicken (skinning it, e.g.), bring the rest of the ingredients to a simmer in a large pot over high heat.
  2. Turn the heat down and add the chicken, then cover the pot and cook at a mild simmer for up to 2 hours
  3. Serve the chicken with some of its sauce spooned over the rice.