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Asian Marinated Chicken

What is your must stock meat? For a long while now that has been skinless boneless chicken breasts. They are like blank canvas that you can easily transform into delicious healthy meals. When in a pinch, I just do a simple pan frying and scour sauces and simple salad to go with it. Other times, I may do something more, ummm… complicated, yeah like this super simple Asian marinated chicken recipe below :)

Asian Marinated Chicken
Asian Marinated Chicken

Now, just how complicated though? Fear not, let’s make sure you have the following: soy sauce, tomato ketchup, oyster sauce (or use hoisin sauce), shaoxing (or sake), sambal oelek (or sriracha), palm sugar (or brown sugar, or even plain granulated sugar), sesame oil (or olive oil is okay too), some garlic and ginger. If you have those in your pantry, you can easily make this, in big batches is okay too if you are in the mood to entertain. So let’s start cooking!

Asian Marinated Chicken
Asian Marinated Chicken

Asian Marinated Chicken

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 800 gram boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into thin slices (about 1/2 inch thickness)
  • 3 garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, grated/minced
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon oyster sauce (or hoisin sauce)
  • 2 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (or Japanese sake)
  • 1-3 tablespoon sambal oelek (or Sriracha)
  • 2 tablespoon palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil (or olive oil)
  • Garnish
  • finely sliced shallots/red onions
  • finely sliced scallions


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients (except garnishes). Wrap with a saran wrap and let it rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours, overnight is better.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan (you can use grill pan/skillet too) on medium high. Cook chicken until slightly charred, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer cooked chicken to a serving plate. Garnish with sliced shallots/red onions and scallions. Serve with steamed white rice. This is good with salad too.
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  • Sui Mei Sui Mei says:

    Hi Anita, Suimei here if you still remember ^_^ Can I check with you ? the cooking time for the chicken here is only 10 minutes ? can the texture of the chicken (or meat generally) be soft or tender ? Because in our current cooking, we always simmer meat for some time to get softer texture, which I feel quite troublesome when I need to cook fast. Thanks a lot, have a nice day :)

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Sui Mei, how are you? :) Since chicken breast is cut into thin slices, it won't take long to cook. Chicken is generally done when the meat is no longer pink, especially when cut into thin slices like this, I find that the meat actually becomes tougher the longer I cook.

      • Suimei Suimei says:

        Hi Anita yes tried it today and you are right. I tend to simmer w/ long cooking time for cooking meats (other cooking way like braised chicken with potato). But this cooking way add more varieties and can save much time. It tastes very good as well. Thanks =)

        • Anita Anita says:

          So glad it worked for you Sui Mei :)

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