Chicken In Soy Sauce


Chicken in soy sauce, served with rice and green beans, is an easy weekday meal. With a soy sauce marinade and toasted cashew nuts, the dish is packed with flavours of garlic and ginger, and a little chilli.

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Chicken in soy sauce

This chicken in soy sauce, with rice and green beans, is a tasty meal which you can make as spicy as you like. An easy and delicious sweet soy marinade with garlic, ginger and lime.

For a quick version, don't add the soy sauce and other seasonings to the chicken to marinate, simply add everything directly to the pan for a quick soy-based sauce. Do this after frying the chicken, red onion, garlic and ginger.

The rice and green beans you serve alongside don't need any extra seasoning, as the soy sauce is already incredibly flavourful. You can also serve some pickled cucumbers and prawn crackers, if you like.

Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2023-10-24, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 45 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 28-11-2023

45 minutes 4 people Main course
Chicken in soy sauce


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  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cm fresh ginger
  • half a lime
  • 10 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (ketcap manis)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chilli sauce (sambal)
  • 250 ml chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • large handful of cashew nuts
  • 2 spring onions
  • splash of sunflower oil
  • rice, to serve
  • green beans, to serve
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  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • fine grater
  • deep frying pan
  • wooden spoon

Chicken In Soy Sauce

45 minutes 4 people Main course

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Preparation – 15 minutes + marinating time

Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves. Peel and finely grate the fresh ginger.

Remove any excess fat and sinew from the chicken breasts, then dice the chicken. Mix the chicken with the grated ginger, finely chopped garlic, the juice of half a lime, 10 tablespoons of sweet soy sauce (ketcap manis), 3 tablespoons of regular soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon of chilli sauce (sambal).

Let the chicken marinate for at least an hour; a longer marination will give the chicken more flavour and make it more tender.

Peel and finely chop the red onion. Cut the spring onions into thin rings and set aside.

Chicken in soy sauce
Chicken in soy sauce

Finishing the chicken in soy sauce – 30 minutes

Heat a splash of sunflower oil in a deep frying pan and fry a generous handful of cashews until nicely golden brown. Remove the nuts from the pan and reheat the oil.

Sauté the red onion for 2 minutes, then add the chicken and the marinade and fry for another 5 minutes.

Turn down the heat slightly and add 250 ml of chicken stock. Bring to a gentle simmer. Meanwhile, cook the rice and green beans.

Make a paste of 2 tablespoons of cornflour and a little water and add it to thicken the sauce. Simmer for a few more minutes, then season with more chilli sauce, soy sauce, etc., if necessary.

Serve the chicken in soy sauce with rice, green beans, cashew nuts and spring onion. Enjoy your meal!

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Chicken In Soy Sauce: frequently asked questions

Which cut of chicken is best for chicken in soy sauce?

To make this chicken in soy sauce, you can use chicken breasts or chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are slightly fattier, so they will have more flavour.

Which variety of soy sauce is best for the soy sauce marinade?

There are different varieties of soy sauce available. Try to use a sweet soy sauce like ketcap manis.