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Soy Sauce Chicken

Soy sauce chicken is a staple recipe in Cantonese cooking. Wallace Yee Hong lists it as “Boiled Chicken With Soy Sauce” in his 1952 cook book The Chinese Cook Book or Bok You Guy (Bok Yao Gai) which seems to be listed mostly as See Yao Gai online. Simple and straightforward, this one of the most delicious chicken dishes you can make. Pair it with some homemade plum sauce and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.


1 whole chicken
4 cups soy sauce
1 tbsp peanut oil
1 tsp sesame seed oil


  1. Soak chicken in soy sauce overnight.
  2. Drain and then brush peanut oil and sesame seed oil.
  3. Steam in double boiler for around 30-45 minutes adding water as necessary. Test for doneness with meat thermometer.