Thursday, October 9, 2014

Braised Soy Sauce Chicken With Cabbage

Cooking was the last thing I looked forward to in my younger days, more so in the period when I held the typical 9am to 6pm office job. It always seemed tedious and I never felt it was therapeutic.  I often ate out and if lethargy kicked in, it would easily be a night of the enchanting instant noodles.

But I didn't want to be that person who ate unhealthily all the time! So, I sucked in thoughts that swayed me away from this good purpose of eating better and started thinking of ways to make cooking a one-pot affair. One pot, because this saves me from having to do several dishes to go with rice. The other plus point? I wouldn't have to wash too many plates and pans in the process.

With meat and vegetables all in, you could say that this was also a bid to keep up with the issue of a 'balanced diet'.

Aah, but those were the days. I enjoy cooking tremendously now. It's opened up my creative side and I don't even scrunch my nose up if I have to whip up a meal for twenty. I look forward to the challenge!

This soy sauce dish is one of those one-pot meals that has coloured the early stages of my cooking journey.

Braised Soy Sauce Chicken With Cabbage Garnished with Spring Onion

Braised soy sauce chicken with vegetables is a regular feature on our dinner table. This is mainly because we're a soy-sauce loving family. We love it to bits.

Here's how I usually go about cooking soy sauce chicken. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.

Braised Soy Sauce Chicken With Cabbage

- 6 medium chicken pieces
- 1 medium potato (cubed or cut into small chunks)
- 1 medium onion (sliced)
- 10 baby carrots (halved)
- 1 cup sliced cabbage
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce or to taste (sweetish-salty kind)
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- Pinch of white pepper
- 2 to 2½ cups water
- ½ to 1 tsp tapioca flour or cornflour
(mix a bit of water in, to form a thin milky paste)
- Cooking oil


1) Heat oil in pan. Saute the onions.
2) Add potatoes, carrots and chicken. Stir for a minute.
3) Add light and dark soy sauce. Season with white pepper. Stir to coat all the ingredients.
4) Add water. Simmer covered, until all the ingredients are cooked.
5) Remove the cover and add the cabbage. Stir until cooked.
6) Finally, stir in tapioca flour to thicken the sauce.

1) Prepare the ingredients.
2) Saute the onions and add the vegetables, leaving the cabbage for last.
3) Add the chicken.
4) Then, add the seasoning and simmer!

Braised Soy Sauce Chicken With Cabbage, Carrots and Potatoes

Best eaten with fluffy white rice.

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  1. Look delicious, i want a dish please!

  2. Wow. Sharon, this is one of my favourite chicken dishes. The easiest!

    I also didnt cook in my younger days till I moved to my new house in Kuching 2 years ago. And from there onwards, I experiment and try many recipes.

  3. simple and delicious going to try out.

  4. Looks, delicious and comforting meals!!!
    sure gonna try this recipe....

  5. Cabbage dishes are fabulous! T.

  6. This is a dish that I LOVE!! Comfort food at its best!

  7. That looks amazing, Sharon. I want to try making it one day. I love one pot meals, so convenient.

  8. I've always enjoyed soya sauce chicken but haven't tried cooking it with cabbage tho. Great meal, Sharon!

    1. Thanks, Shirley. The cabbage was really just to 'balance' things out ;)

  9. Wow, Sharon, with that gorgeous deep dark color I would've thought more soy sauce would be needed, I was amazed to see that it isn't. Sounds delicious and I love the way cabbage absorbs soy flavor!

    1. I use a dark soy sauce that is pretty thick. It sticks! ;)

  10. Yes, this would be great with a bowl or rice...looks delicious Sharon...the chicken is braised perfectly!
    Have a great week :D

    1. Thanks, Juliana. I am touched by your encouragement xo :D

  11. I am too a soy sauce chicken fan! This looks very appetizing and great with a bowl of steamed rice or garlic rice.


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