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Soy Braised Chicken & Potatoes


This was one of the first few dishes that I learned how to make when I was living in Australia. It’s always so comforting to enjoy this with a steaming bowl of white rice on a winter night. I love to douse my rice with the braising sauce, slowly savour the tender chicken, and enjoy the melt in the mouth braised potatoes. It just warms me inside out. 

You can make it even simpler by omitting star anise and cinnamon stick. I like to use it because it adds more depth to the dish, and gives it a very warm flavour. My girls, who aren’t too adventurous when it comes to trying new dishes, loved it. All I needed to tell them was to at least try a small bite, and they needed no additional convincing to finish their meal. They even asked for more sauce to go over their rice! I think they got it from their mama! LOL! 

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Soy Braised Chicken & Potatoes

Serves 4


Chicken Marinade

  • 10 chicken mid wings
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp light soy sauce to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp sugar white or brown is fine
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • white pepper to taste

To cook

  • 1 large potato halved lengthwise & cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic lightly smashed
  • 1 inch thumb ginger sliced into 5 pieces
  • 2 tsp sesame oil


  • Spring onion to garnish


  • Marinate chicken mid wings in all the marinade ingredients for at least 15 minutes.
  • Heat a large saucepan or pot on medium high heat.
  • Saute garlic and ginger until it starts to brown.
  • Then add chicken only, reserving the marinade.
  • Brown chicken, and add cinnamon stick, star anise, reserved marinade, potatoes and water.
  • Bring to a boil, add sugar, reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Cook for 20-25 minutes. Until potatoes and chicken is tender, and liquid reduced.
  • Season to taste with more soy sauce if needed.
  • Remove from heat and serve.
Soy Braised Chicken

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  • Reply
    8 June, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I love anything with soy sauce! Will definitely try this!

  • Reply
    9 June, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Sharon, I love your this soya sauce braised chicken, yours look so good. I love the cinnamon aroma, it taste so fragrant in braised chicken dish.
    Excellent pictures.

    Have a nice day, regards.

  • Reply
    6 July, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Like to clarify on instruction 4: what does it meant by “Than add chicken online”

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      7 July, 2016 at 1:25 am

      Oops! Auto-correct there. It was meant to be ‘Only’. Thanks for highlighting!

  • Reply
    Elyn Teo
    4 October, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Hi Sharon, I just cooked this dish.. really very nice. My gals love it. Thanks again for sharing.. in fact I love all your recipes.. have tried out a few and they really great !! Thanks again for your great sharing and really appreciate it. Cheers

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      5 October, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Hi Elyn! Thank you so much for your kind feedback! So glad that you are enjoying the recipes. 🙂 Will keep them coming! <3

  • Reply
    Jocelyn Milton
    15 October, 2018 at 1:19 am

    Can i use chicken thighs or pork for this?

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      15 October, 2018 at 8:29 am

      Yes, you can substitute for that.

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