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One slow-cooked soy-glazed chicken on a chopping board

Slow-cooked soy-glazed chicken

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus 1 hr marinating and resting
  • Easy
  • Serves 4 - 6

Enjoy this soy-glazed chicken as two courses; shred the leg meat and wrap in lettuce leaves for a starter. Then, slice the breast meat and serve with rice

Nutrition: Per serving (6)


  • 1 chicken (about 2kg)

For the marinade

  • small piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated (peel reserved)
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp Shaohsing wine or dry sherry
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

For the stock

  • 150ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 star anise

To serve

  • 2 Little Gem lettuces, leaves separated
  • 1 bunch of spring onions, trimmed and finely shredded
  • ½ cucumber, cut into thin strips
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • small bunch of coriander, chopped
  • 50g roasted peanuts or cashews, roughly chopped
  • cooked rice, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Combine the marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Sit the chicken in a casserole dish, rub the marinade all over, and put the ginger peel in the cavity. Cover and leave at room temperature to marinate for 1 hr, or in the fridge overnight.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Mix the stock ingredients in a jug, then pour over the chicken. Roast for 1 hr, uncovered, then baste with the liquid in the dish. Roast for 30-40 mins more, basting every 10 mins, until the chicken is deep brown. Keep an eye on the glaze in the base of the dish – you may need to add a splash of water to keep it from burning.

  • STEP 3

    Leave the chicken to rest for 20 mins, then transfer to a board. Skim the fat from the juices, bring to the boil, then turn off the heat. Shred the thigh and leg meat and wrap in the lettuce leaves along with the spring onions, cucumber, chilli, coriander and nuts. Slice the breast meat and serve with
    the rice and warm roasting juices.


Any leftovers, including the sauce, from the soy-glazed chicken make an easy broth. Strip any meat from the carcass, then boil up the bones with any leftover sauce, spring onions, chilli and coriander. Simmer gently for an hour, strain and serve with the leftover meat and some noodles. 

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2021

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