soy glazed crispy chicken

...soy glazed chicken...

Growing up we would always go to Palm Springs for weekend trips. It was pretty awesome because the weather was sunny, the air had a nice dry feel to it, and we would always turn the grill on and have a feast. The feast always included a buttered garlic corn dish, stir fried greens, and my dad’s grilled chicken recipe. My brother and I would take on a few more dishes. The dishes varied slightly each time, but one thing that was for sure to always be part of the meal was this chicken dish.

This dish is one of the first dishes that I created on my own. I was super proud of myself after I made this because it was successful. The dish is simple. Just mix the ingredients, add it into the sauce, and then presto: a soy glazed chicken.

...mise en place, yeah I know my terms...

I first started making this dish when I was around 10. I actually still have the piece of paper that I wrote the recipe on. I typed it on my ms-dos computer because I had visions of me building my own cook book or creating my own cooking show. I can now post it on my blog to share with you. The version I am using now is not the original though. I’ve had 18 years to work on this recipe and essentially came up with a different methods to make this dish. The original version (10 years old) is more of a marinade and perfect for grilling or baking. The second makes the sauce into a glaze for drizziling which is perfect for pan frying. Both are really good and result in very different products. I’ve posted both versions for you to see and compare. Plus, you can almost see the growth in my own culinary development. The first version of the recipe is exactly how I typed it up when I was young. The second is a little more of my current style of cooking.

...get that skin crispy...

If you want more info about the original version, leave a comment or contact me. I can update it to make it sound more “adult”.  Leave a comment about the first dish you ever made as a kid.

10 Year Old’s Version


2 tbs sesame oil

1 medium red onion, chopped

6 ginger pieces

3 garlic cloves, smashed

soy sauce [about half cup]

1/4 cup of sugar

2 chicken breasts


heat oil in a saucepan on high heat

sautee ginger, onion, and garlic until fragrant

add soy sauce until you cover the onion, ginger, and garlic and add sugar and stir

simmer on low and let cool completely

pour marinade over chicken and let it sit for at least 2 hours

grill chicken until fully cooked

Adult Version


2 boneless chickens

1 tsp canola oil

1 tbs ginger peeled and minced

2 cloves of garlic minced

1/4 cup onion diced1 tsp sesame oil

1 tbs white sugar

1/4 cup soy sauce

red hot chili flakes to taste

salt and fresh ground black pepper


season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and heat canola oil on high until screamin’ hot

pan fry chicken breast skin side down in the oil until skin is golden brown and flip

reduce heat to medium until cooked through

remove from heat and reserve on another plate

increase heat to medium high and add sesame oil, onions, ginger, and garlic and stir fry until fragrant, about 2 minutes

add sugar, soy sauce, and red chili flakes and scrape up brown bits with a brown wooden spoon [deglaze the pan]

stir sauce on medium high heat until the sauce is a thick glaze

pour sauce over the chicken

-serves 2-


1 Response to “soy glazed crispy chicken”

  1. 1 claire
    May 20, 2011 at 12:34 am

    i must try this!!

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