Sour Plum Sauce Chicken

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Delicious Sour Plum Sauce Chicken

Delicious Sour Plum Sauce Chicken

I have been thinking of my mother-in-law’s sour plum duck lately. Awww…that was really delicious. There was such a balance of flavour and taste that would make you think of it many days after. Each time when we go back for holidays to visit her, she would definitely cook that for me. She’s such a sweet, awesome mother-in-law.

The latest trip that I went back, she quickly went a buy a duck to cook this dish. My gosh…I ate almost the whole duck alone! Have I ever been so greedy and ate so much? That’s really rare…only once in a blue moon. That’s just how good that dish was.

She taught me before but I could never get it right because she goes by taste and not by any measurement. That’s my greatest frustration! Well, I’m going to try it out on my own. I’m trying it with chicken first which I’m better at and faster to cook. So, here’s my Sour Plum Sauce Chicken which I tried the other day. It’s of course very different from my mother-in-law’s signature dish but my family loved it very much. Well, in life, we can achieve many things if we keep learning and keep smiling. I’m sure I’ll get there one day….cooking my sour plum duck!

Ingredients A
4 whole chicken legs
1t salt
1 egg (beaten)

Chicken in marinade

Chicken in marinade

Debone the chicken. Don’t throw away the bones. You can use it to make a very nice vegetable soup. I made cabbage soup and it was very delicious. If you are busy or don’t enjoy all the deboning, you can just use ready de-boned chicken thighs. Cut the chicken thigh into bite size pieces and mix together with the salt and beaten egg in a mixing bowl. Leave to marinade for at least 30 minutes.

Sour plum sauce

Sour plum sauce

Ingredients B
1/2C water
2T sour plum sauce (or less)
2T sugar
2T ketchup
2T soya sauce
1t sesame oil
1T chili sauce

Seasoning sauce

Seasoning sauce

Mix everything in a small bowl.

Ingredients C
4 stalks of spring onions

Wash the spring onions and cut into short lengths.

Frying the chicken pieces

Frying the chicken pieces

Heat up some oil in a wide based frying pan and shallow fry the chicken pieces. My frying pan is wide based and I can fry all the chicken pieces in one go which makes all my cooking fast. Whe it’s browned on one side, turn over the pieces to fry the other side until browned and cooked. Add the spring onions and fry well until the spring onions are wilted. Lastly, pour in the seasoning sauce. Mix well and let it boil for a while as you keep mixing. Dish up on to a plate and serve hot with rice or noodles.

Have you every eating any food cooked with sour plums? How do you like your chicken cooked? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other chicken recipes that you may be interested in:
Delicious Malaysian Fried Chicken (Part 1)
Fast And Easy Malaysian Chicken Curry
Baked Chicken Curry
Cashew Nuts Chicken
Super Fast Chinese Roasted Chicken
Teriyaki Chicken And Rice
Tandoori Chicken And Nan
Nutritious Ginger Wine Chicken Soup
Fried Korean Kimchi Chicken
Chicken Tonic Soup
Spicy Creamy Fried Chicken

Quote of the day……

‘If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present.

Les Brown


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20 Comments

deeba  on October 21st, 2009

Simple & delightful. Love the way it came together. Might well become your signature dish Mary! I love pairing plum sauce with chicken. YUM!

Divina  on October 21st, 2009

Beautiful dish. I thought dad was cooking and I realized it was you. I haven’t been using plum sauce in a while. I better check it out for them. I love duck too and I could eat the whole thing.

Trissa  on October 21st, 2009

Hi Mary! This looks super good… I am going to make this for dinner tomorrow! Where do I get sour plum sauce?

Drick  on October 21st, 2009

looks like chicken just keeps getting tastier all the time at your house … this sounds and looks scrumptious - no, have never tried sour plum but will have to find it now …

Cajun Chef Ryan  on October 21st, 2009

Sour plum sauce and chicken look soooo good!

Cookin' Canuck  on October 21st, 2009

You always have the most appealing recipes. This one looks absolutely delicious!

TasteHongKong  on October 21st, 2009

Looks like you have got endless ideas for cooking with chickens.

Mary  on October 21st, 2009

@Deeba - Thanks for your compliment. My signature dish? I better claim that LOL. Sounds cool…. :o)

@Divina - I really hope I have made you happy to remind you of your dad through my cooking. How nice it would be if we can all cook and chat together!

@Trissa - Thanks for your compliment. Really glad to know you are going to try it out. You can easily get the plum sauce at any Oriental supermarket. I think I better upload a photo of the plum sauce that I used later. Different brands comes with different saltiness so don’t put too much first.

Mary  on October 21st, 2009

@Drick - agree with you….chicken gets tastier in my house….LOL. Hope you try out this dish soon.

@Ryan - Thanks for your compliment. Did I make you drool….LOL. Hope you try it out soon.

@Cookin’ Canuck - Thanks for your compliment. Looks like my cooking is improving… :o). I’m just enjoying all my cooking…thrilled that my family loves it.

@TasteHongKong - Thanks for your comment. Sounds like I’ll become a chicken specialist soon…LOL. I love cooking chicken…easier than other meat.

Sook  on October 21st, 2009

Ooh Yum! I love plum sauce. There’s this great Chinese restaurant nearby and they have this plum sauce chicken and it’s my favorite! This one looks delicious. I need to try this. :)

penny aka jeroxie  on October 21st, 2009

I love plum sauce. I use it for vietnamese paper roll or fish dishes. They are so handy to have at home.

Karine  on October 21st, 2009

I believe pairing plum sauce with chicken is a great idea. I love your dish!

kristy  on October 21st, 2009

This dish is always so inviting! My kids & I love it. Recently, I used the plum sauce to make my ducky dish. It’s not easy to make a perfect duck recipe though.

radha  on October 21st, 2009

Chicken is one of the best meat,so light and easy to cook.should go and find out this plum sauce at the store… preserved plums cant work?

Mary  on October 21st, 2009

@Sook - Thanks for your compliment. I hope you try it out soon and let me know how it goes.

@Penny - Thanks for sharing. Very good idea to use it for making Vietnamese spring rolls. I have to try that.

@Karine - Thank you for your comment. Hope one day you will try this dish. My family loves it.

@Kristy - Thanks for sharing. I think this dish is quite a family favourite to many. Oh…I’m still dreaming of the sour plum duck……it’s just soooo goooood. I’m dreaming of the day that I can cook it perfectly.

@Radha - Thanks for your comment. I’m sure preserved plums will work in this dish but you have to adjust the seasonings cos it is very different from plum sauce. I would suggest that you try out with plum sauce. It’s very convenient to use. Hope you try it out soon.

Michael Chin  on October 22nd, 2009

I love duck ! I mean I love eating duck ! So when you are good at cooking sour plum sauce duck, do please post it, ok ? A million thanks !

Mary  on October 22nd, 2009

@Michael - Thanks again for visiting & for your comment. So, you love to eat duck too. I hope you know how to cook sour plum sauce duck and share with me the recipe. I really miss that. I really have to try it out soon.

The Nomadic Gourmet  on October 25th, 2009

This sounds very good. What is the traditional name for it, and is it a Malaysian dish or Chinese dish? Also, there is no Malaysian or Chinese market near my home, but there is a Phillipino market. Do you think they should have sour plum sauce there?

Danielle  on November 6th, 2009

As you may have noticed I’m working backward through my inbox. I got way behind while I was away. This recipe has made me decide to just move in with you. It would be easier! I’ve never been to the UK so it would be fun! Especially Ladies Happy Hour! Have a great weekend, Mary!

Mary  on November 6th, 2009

@The Nomadic Gourmet - Thanks for your comment. I don’t have a traditional name for it…may be can call it Assam Ayam, meaning Sour Chicken because of the sour plum. I am a Malaysian Chinese so I do not know where is the dividing line…probably more towards Chinese cuisine. I think all Oriental shops sell plum sauce. Maybe you need to scout around a bit. I still have to do that here.

@Danielle - Haha..I’m amused at your comment. Yes, you should come here. I will cook a lot for you. If not, you have to cook…so sorry about that. Most of my recipes are very straight forward and simple with a few exceptions. You should visit UK…an interesting place I think. Oh…Ladies Happy Hours? That’s really the best…one great way to stay happy and young..LOL

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