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Chinese Poached Chicken with Soy Ginger Sauce

Chinese Poached Chicken with Ginger Soy Sauce

For a simpler version of this recipe, poach the chicken with just ginger, scallion, black peppercorns, and salt. If you don't have dark soy sauce, substitute with 1 more teaspoon of regular soy sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Standing time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 52 kcal


Chinese Poached Chicken

  • 2 stalks celery cut into 2" pieces
  • 1/2 cup cilantro cut into 2" pieces
  • 2 shallots peeled, halved
  • 1 piece ginger 1 1/2" long, sliced thinly
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 10 whole coriander seeds
  • 6 white peppercorns
  • 8 Szechuan peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese rice wine or sherry not cooking sherry
  • 1 whole chicken breast on the bone with skin, or 2 split chicken breasts (~ 2 pounds)

Soy Ginger Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons scallion finely julienned
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch white pepper
  • 1/3 cup poaching liquid


  • fresh cilantro sprigs


Chinese Poached Chicken

  1. In a large saucepan, place celery, coriander, shallots, ginger, scallions, garlic, coriander seeds, white peppercorns, Szechuan peppercorns and salt. Add enough water to cover chicken (I put the chicken in the saucepan to see how much water I need, then remove the chicken). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.

  2. Add rice wine. Place chicken breast halves in poaching liquid, skin side up. Bring back to boil; lower heat, cover pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn chicken breasts over, and simmer 10 more minutes. Turn off heat and let stand, covered, for 15 minutes. 

  3. Remove chicken from poaching liquid and let cool, covered with plastic. Reserve 1/3 cup poaching liquid for Ginger Soy Sauce and to make chicken soup afterwards. 

  4. Remove bones and skin from chicken, and add back to remaining poaching liquid in pot. See recipe notes about making chicken broth. 

  5. Shred chicken into bite-size pieces.

Soy Ginger Sauce

  1. To make sauce, combine all Soy Ginger Sauce ingredients in a small bowl. 

To Serve

  1. Serve chicken with Soy Ginger Sauce on the side. Garnish with fresh coriander.

Recipe Notes

Save bones and skin from poached chicken, and cook with remaining  poaching liquid to make chicken broth.  Skim fat from surface.  Freeze broth for future use.

0 Freestyle points per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Poached Chicken with Ginger Soy Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 52 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 938mg41%
Potassium 155mg4%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 3.8mg5%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.