Soy Sauce Chicken & Noodles

A few little tricks and techniques make this humble weeknight dinner truly epic. The secret is all in the braising sauce that I cook the chicken in – that then becomes the base of the sauce for the noodles. Double the flavour!


Soy Sauce Chicken & Noodles

20 minutes
50 minutes

4 dried shitake mushrooms

1 tbsp vegetable oil

4 slices ginger

6 garlic cloves, smashed

4 spring onions (scallions), sliced lengthways

2 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

¼ cup Chinese Shaoxing wine

¼ cup light soy sauce

2 tbsp dark soy sauce

3 tbsp sugar

4 chicken thighs

sea salt

400g (14 oz) fresh Chinese egg noodles, cooked

100g (3.5 oz) Chinese broccoli (gailarn), blanched until tender

2 tsp sesame oil

4 tbsp sambal oelek* (optional)

  • Step 1

    Soak the mushrooms in 1 cup hot water for 20 minutes or until softened. Drain and set aside. Strain and reserve the soaking liquid.

  • Step 2

    Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the ginger, garlic and spring onion and stir-fry for a minute. Then add the star anise, cinnamon stick, mushrooms, mushroom soaking liquid, Shaoxing wine, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar and 3 cups of water. Bring to a simmer. Then add the chicken and simmer for another 10 minutes. Turn the heat off, cover and allow the chicken to steep in the hot liquid for 30 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Lift out the chicken and mushrooms and reserve for later. Taste the braising liquid and season to taste with salt. Place a quarter cup of the liquid into 4 shallow serving bowls. Add the cooked noodles and top with cooked Chinese broccoli, sliced reserved chicken and a mushroom. Drizzle each plate with a little sesame oil and spoon a little sambal on the side if using.

  • Notes

    – Sambal oelek is a chilli paste that can be found in the Asian aisle of most supermarkets or from an Asian grocery store.

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Easy and so delish


Loved it. Will make it again.

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So easy and delicious!


Love the recipe, especially if you need something comforting on a cold night. It was very easy to make.

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Smells divine


Love the smell of the soy sauce. It was easy to make and so yummy. I just love all of your recipes. Supper simple to make.

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