Serves a Crowd

SEE YAO GAI (SOY SAUCE CHICKEN)

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February  9, 2021
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Photo by stevenyen
Author Notes

Is a classic Cantonese dish that can be found in any Chinatown. It is a whole chicken braied in soy sauce and herbs. Then chopped up and served with rice, noodles or veggies. Any combination you desire

This recipe is something from my childhood. I do not remember the name of the restaurant but I had this in Chinatown NYC when I was a kid. I remember is being so delicious especially eating it with my family. I still see this dish around Chinatown —stevenyen

  • Prep time 1 hour
  • Cook time 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 4-5 pounds whole chicken (free range preferred)
  • 3 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 9 pieces (¼-inch) slices of peeled ginger
  • 2 bunches scallion bunches, cut 3'' long
  • 4 pieces star anise
  • 8 pieces smashed garlic cloves
  • 2 pieces Bay leaves
  • 2 pieces Whole Cloves
  • 1.5 cups Shaoxing wine
  • 1.5 cups cups soy sauce
  • 1.25 cups dark soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup Rock Sugar
  • 8 cups Water
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Take your chicken out of the refrigerator an hour before you plan to cook. You'll want it at room temperature when it goes into the pot.
  2. While the chicken is warming up to room tempature prepare your ingrediants by cutting the ginger, scallion and smashed garlic. Set aside your aromatic and sacues.
  3. Grab your tallest stock pot and set to medium heat; add sesame oil and wait until it heats up about 90 seconds. Add ginger, star anise, garlic cloves, bay leaves, cloves, rock sugar and stir for 60 seconds. Then add ginger and stir for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the Shaoxing wine and stir for 2 minutes, then add soy sauce, dark soy sauce and water.
  5. Once it starts simmering, place the chicken in the pot, make sure it is fully submerged, if not, add more water until it is. Cover with lid and let it cook on medium heat for 15 minutes.
  6. After 15 minutes set to low and let it cook for 40 minutes.
  7. After 40 minutes turn off heat and let it sit in the pot for 1-2 hours so it soaks up the juices.
  8. Then cut up the chicken and serve with rice or noodles, with a side of your favorite veggies or eat it as is.

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    meganvt01 February 17, 2021
    Hello! Just wanted to make sure you saw our contest rules (https://food52.com/blog...) and that we would like to see the name and location of the restaurant that inspired your dish in the head note. Thanks!