Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Braised Chicken in Oyster Sauce


Braised Chicken in Oyster Sauce

Prepared with a few simple ingredients and full of flavor, you can have this dish ready in no time and serve it with noodles or rice.


  • 3 spring onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 dried scallops
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 3 chicken thighs
  • 1 inch-length ginger bud
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Chinese wine


  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon thick soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of light soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon of chicken seasoning powder
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar


  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of corn flour mixed with 1 tablespoon of water


First, chop each chicken thigh into 3 or 4 pieces. Season with light soy sauce and pepper. Reserve 30 minutes.

Then, meanwhile, peel and slice the ginger and garlic cloves. Cut the white part of the spring onions into 1-inch lengths. Finely chop the green part for the garnish. Soak the dried scallops in lukewarm water until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain, but reserve the soaking water. Finely grate the scallops.

Mix the ingredients for the sauce.

Heat a wok over high heat with sesame oil until heated through. Sauté the ginger, garlic and new onion (white parts) until fragrant. Add the grated scallops and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chicken pieces and mix until they change color. Drizzle with Chinese wine and sauté vigorously until well combined.

Transfer to a clay or clay pot (optional). Pour in the combined sauce ingredients and the reserved soaking water. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover the wok or saucepan with its lid, reduce heat to low and allow to braise until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes or more, depending on the desired tenderness.

When almost done, taste the sauce. If a more intense flavor is desired, leave the pot uncovered and let the sauce reduce. As the water evaporates, the salty or sweet taste of the sauce also intensifies, so adjust to your taste by adding more salt or more sugar. Thicken the sauce with the cornstarch mixture to the desired consistency.

Garnish generously with chopped spring onions and serve immediately. Happy Cooking Time.