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Grandma’s Braised Ginger Soy Chicken

by Kelly
Braised ginger soy chicken in a pan with pure chicken essence, made in only 30 minutes

I have very fond memories of this braised ginger soy chicken dish, because it is one of my grandma’s go-to recipes for an easy and delicious meal whenever we went back to our hometown in Malaysia to visit. Served straight from the pot, we would all gather at a big round dining table for a noisy family dinner, with us kids running wild, adults talking over one another, and grandma serving delicious home-cooked gems like this ginger soy chicken dish.

Ginger is the secret weapon in this dish, infusing it with a delightful, aromatic kick. Sliced into thin strips, the ginger releases its essence into the dish during cooking, creating a warm, earthy flavor that’s both comforting and invigorating. It’s no wonder that ginger is often hailed for its health benefits, making this dish not only delicious but also nourishing.

Red onions and green onions are the colorful co-stars in this culinary performance. Sliced red onions add a touch of sweetness and vibrant color, while green onions contribute a subtle, fresh bite. The combination of these two onion varieties adds depth and complexity to the overall flavor profile.

With each bite, you’ll experience the tender and succulent chicken, infused with the aromatic marinade. Chinese wine lends a subtle sweetness and depth, while light soy sauce imparts the quintessential umami flavor. Oyster sauce adds a rich, savory note that rounds out the marinade’s symphony of tastes. The soy sauce imparts a rich umami flavor, adding depth and complexity to the dish, while the ginger adds a subtle warmth and a hint of sweetness.

The braising process allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in meat that is exceptionally juicy and tender, while the delicious sauce is 100% pure chicken essence, because no water is added to the dish!

These are the types of home-cooked meals that are easily forgotten in our modern world of fast food and takeouts, but the nostalgia and warmth that these dishes evoke is a flavor worth savoring for generations to come. So let’s get to it!

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Braised ginger soy chicken in a pan with pure chicken essence, made in only 30 minutes
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Grandma’s Braised Ginger Soy Chicken

This is one of my grandma's go-to recipes with tender chicken infused in rich chicken essence and a subtle warmth from the ginger.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: dinner, easy recipe, lunch, quick
Servings: 3


  • 2 boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 inch ginger sliced
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 2 green onions


  • 2 tbsp Chinese wine
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce


  • Slice the boneless chicken thighs into bite sizes. Marinate with Chinese wine, light soy sauce and oyster sauce for 10 minutes.
  • Saute the ginger and red onion until it’s fragrant before tossing in the green onions (white part) and marinated chicken.
  • Let it simmer in low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Once done, garnish with chopped green onion (green part) and serve!

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Jkim 02 November 2023 - 6:02 am

5 stars
I live this easy recipe! Its a hit with the kids and so simple to make! Thank you for sharing!

Kelly 02 November 2023 - 9:37 am

Thank you! Glad you like it 😁

Melissa 01 February 2024 - 1:17 am

5 stars
Thank you so much for the recipe. As a Malaysian living abroad, it’s difficult to recreate flavors from back home but this hits the spot while keeping it simple. 🙂

Kelly 01 February 2024 - 4:53 pm

So glad you like it! 🙂


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