Easy Yummy Steamed Soy Sauce Chicken



Easy Yummy Steamed Soy Sauce Chicken

Good evening, dear friends 😀

The Chinese New Year festival is just under one month away and I have started the massive decluttering and cleaning of my house……well, I am starting slowly now but the momentum will build up speed especially the one week before Chinese New Year on 07 February, 2007. As such, I like to keep my cooking simple and less time consuming so that time can be spent elsewhere getting my house ready. 😉

This recipe was taught to me by my sister-in-law when I was just a kid, and although it looks so simple to prepare, it is really tasty and my family just love this dish. I hope you will try this recipe when you don’t really feel like spending too much time in front of the stove. Do let me know how it turns out if you do. 😀

Ingredients –

3 whole chicken legs, cleaned and pat dry with paper kitchen towels

5 shallots – peeled and sliced thinly

1/4 cup soy sauce

3 tbsps dark (thick) soy sauce

2 tbsps oyster sauce

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp pepper

1 tsp salt

2 tbsps sugar

1 tbsp cornstarch

Method –

1) Marinate chicken legs with all the ingredients for at least 2 – 3 hours, be sure to rub the marinade into chicken for about 3 minutes. This will make the chicken very tender and juicy.

2) Place chicken in a heatproof dish. Give the marinade a good stir to distribute the cornstarch evenly. Steam over high heat in wok or steamer for 10 minutes. Lower heat to medium low for about 20 minutes. Turn off the fire and leave chicken in wok for another 20 minutes or so.

3) Remove chicken from wok and let cool for about 15 minutes before cutting.

4) Serve the steamed soy sauce chicken in a plate with some cucumber slices and a dish of chili sauce on the side.

5) Spoon some of the gravy over the chicken pieces, and serve the remaining of the gravy in a bowl, to be mixed with hot steamed rice……mmmmm, yummy! 😀


17 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    mywoodenrobot said,

    Thank goodness it’s lunch time! Your site is making me hungry!


  2. 2

    sweetrosie said,

    Looks wonderful :0 I like the idea of steaming the chicken, it’s not something I would have thought of.


  3. 3

    rozalia said,

    Llooking forward to try this out: it looks very healthy and yummy.Thanks.

    hugs 🙂


  4. 4

    rozalia said,

    I don’t understand what happens with my avatar ? you know how special it is for me 😦 xx


  5. 5

    rozalia said,

    I want to ask for quite some time : I find here at the supermarket Chinese cabbage and I eat it raw, only in salads. Would you post some recipes on how to cook it,please ?

    Love , rose ;))


  6. 6

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Good morning from KL, my dear woodenrobot, sweetrosie and Rose! 😀

    Thank you for your wonderful comments. I apologise for the late reply as I was encountering bad Internet connection. 😳

    One way that I save time in cooking or if the days are too hot to be slaving over the stove, I would steam my food, e.g. pork ribs steamed with bean paste and garlic; steamed Chinese sausages, steamed whole fish in soy sauce, etc. The steamed dishes are also healthy because not much oil is needed….just a bit for flavouring and aroma. I will post some more recipes of steamed dishes later.

    Rose, I am not sure about your avatar but I think you need to resize it bigger as it is not too small for the box…hence, you see the black space aruond it. Try and see?

    My favourite way to cook both Chinese cabbage (Napa or long cabbage) and the round cabbage is an easy stirfry –

    Ingredients –

    Cabbage – washed and cut into bite sizes, or strips
    2 tbsps of oil
    3 cloves garlic – chopped
    1 tbsp or more oyster sauce
    1/2 tsp salt, pinch of sugar
    bit of pepper,
    1/4 cup water

    Method –

    1) In a hot wok that has been preheated to high heat – add in oil. When oil is hot, add in garlic and fry until golden.

    2) Throw in the cabbage and you will hear the sizzle in the wok as well as smell the wonderful aroma of cabbage and garlic in hot oil. Stir for 2 minutes.

    3) Add in water, give cabbage a good stir and cover wok for about 2 minutes.

    4) Add in the rest of the seasoning, mix thoroughly by stirring for another minute. Dish out and serve.

    Have a nice day!

    With love, peace and joy,

    choesf 😀


  7. 7

    rozalia said,

    Thank you dear choesf for you time and your forwardness! I’m sure I’ll love the cabbage this way!

    Love always,rose xx


  8. 8

    Quinn said,

    Hi there, I’m steaming with a wok and I would like to know is there any need to cover the heatproof dish with a foil or cling wrap.
    What if the water vapour from the cover of the wok drips in?
    Is it okay?


  9. 9

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there, dear Quinn 😀

    Usually, I don’t cover my dish as I want the steam to cook the food. It is okay if the water vapour drips onto the food, just be sure the wok cover is clean. 😉

    Have a great week ahead!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf 😀


  10. 10

    Quinn said,

    Hi, I’ve did this 3 times and I can tell you this is fail-proof and tasted absolutely delicious. However, my chicken looks nothing like yours and it tasted heavenly of sesame oil rather than soy sauce. But it’s okay, cuz they love it this way! Keep the post coming in!


  11. 11

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Oops, I am very sorry, dear Quinn, I just realized that I have omitted putting the dark soy sauce and shallots in the list of ingredients. 😳 🙄

    Thank you so much for pointing it out to me – I have adjusted the recipe to reflect the dark soy sauce and shallots now. Actually, I didn’t know what to call it, and so, it was named “Soy Sauce Chicken”. 😆

    Yes, this yummy chicken dish is really easy to cook and if you put more sesame oil, it will be very aromatic and the smell of it simply whets the children’s appetite. 😀

    Have a great week!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf 😀


  12. 12

    Nic said,

    Yippee! Found another easy yummy recipe that will probably whet my son’s appetite. Choesf you’re a life saver, I can’t thank you enough! 🙂


  13. 13

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Heheh, dear Nic, I am having a big smile on my face as I am typing this…I’m glad you found more easy recipes to whet your son’e appetite! 😆

    Actually, I was posting another really easy but delicious chicken stew recipe for you last night but the WordPress server was very slow and I had to give it up. I will post that recipe for you soon – it is my husband’s favourite comfort food from his childhood and he will have a big plate of white rice with just that one chicken dish.

    If you type in the words “easy” in the SEARCH box located at the top right hand corner of this page, you will find more recipes that may be suitable for you. 😉

    With peace and prosperity,

    choesf 😀


  14. 14

    Xin said,

    I was looking for a soya sauce chicken recipe and called up my mum who told me that the ingredients that were very similar to yours except that it does include cornstarch and cooking method is simmering. However, she could not give me the exact measurements and being a novice cook, I cant really tell. And then I searched the internet and found your posting which has very similar ingredients to my mom. Love it and thank you so much!


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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Xin 😀

      Thank you for your kind comments. I’m glad you like this recipe. 😉

      I just made this last week and I used a whole chicken (cut into 2 for easier steaming) instead of drumsticks. After 20 minutes of steaming over medium high heat, I turned off the fire and let the chicken cool down in the covered wok. This ensure even cooking down to the bone. It is good to baste the chicken halfway through steaming time to give the skin a nice, juicy texture. 💡

      There is a stewed version of this soy sauce chicken and it has chopped garlic, tau cheo (preserved bean paste) and corn starch. I got it from my Nyonya recipe book. The sauce is thickened with cornstarch. It tastes even better the following day.

      Happy Cooking!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀


  15. 16

    Ade said,

    Tried this dish today, it was easy and yummy.


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