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Crispy Soy Chicken

Soy Sauce Chicken is the ultimate Asian-inspired chicken dish! with crispy skin and moist, flavorful meat, it's sure to be a family favorite!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Cooling2 hrs
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 431kcal


  • 4 chicken leg quarters
  • 2 cups chicken stock or water
  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Chinese rice wine
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 thumb-sized ginger, peeled and smashed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • canola oil


  • In a deep, narrow pot over medium heat, combine chicken stock, soy sauce, rice wine, brown sugar, star anise, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, and pepper. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add chicken and boil for about 10 minutes, occasionally basting with liquid.
  • Lower heat and simmer chicken for about 15 to 20 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the center of the meat reads 165 F.
  • Drain chicken from liquid and pat dry. Arrange in a single layer on a platter and keep uncovered in the refrigerator for 2 hours or up to overnight to completely dry.
  • In a wide skillet over medium heat, heat about 3-inches deep of oil to 350 F.
  • Add chicken and deep-fry, turning once or twice for about 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until heated through and skin is golden and crisp. 
  • Using tongs, remove chicken from pan and drain on a wire rack. Serve hot.



Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 315mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1.2mg