Quick Sour Plum Sauce Chicken

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Quick sour plum chicken

Quick sour plum chicken

Sour plum sauce is a very beautiful sauce for cooking meat. I love simple, easy, quick cooking. Yesterday was just one of those days that I badly needed a super fast and super easy dish as I would be very busy for the whole day.

Sour plum sauce

Sour plum sauce

Chicken pieces

Chicken pieces

Chicken legs are easy to cook. I have 4 in my fridge. Braising them sounded good because my children love to spoon gravy over the rice. Basically I just added most of the sauces that I can find in my kitchen. I cooked quite a big pot to last for 2 meals. My children liked it very much. Here’s my recipe to share:

Ingredients A
4 chicken legs (cut each into 2)
1/2 whole garlic (peeled and chopped)
2T plum sauce
4T tomato sauce
4 T soya sauce
1T sugar
3T wine (or more)
1T oyster sauce
1C water

Add all the sauce and seasoning

Add all the sauce and seasoning

Put everything into a pot and let it boil for about 30 minutes.

Ingredients B (thickening)
1T corn flour
4T water

Add the corn flour and water to a bowl. Adjust the seasoning according to taste. Stir well and pour into the pot of chicken. Mix well and let it boil again. The sauce will thicken. Turn off the fire and serve hot. It goes well with rice, pasta or noodles.

What is the quickest meat dish that you have ever cooked? What is your favourite meat? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

A different sour plum sauce chicken recipe that you may be interested in:
Sour Plum Sauce Chicken

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3hungrytummies  on December 19th, 2009

I love the thick brown sauce, I bet it will work really well with duck too! Thanks for the recipe

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on December 19th, 2009

I love the sauce a lot! This together with some vegetables would make a great Sat. brunch!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on December 19th, 2009

Did you have this last night? It looks a great colour and yes I bet it’s good with duck too.

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on December 19th, 2009

This looks quite delicious, and I like how quickly this dish can be prepared. I’ll file this away for one of our weekday dinners. Thanks!

The Little Teochew  on December 19th, 2009

Great, flavourful dish, Mary!

Jeannie  on December 19th, 2009

Very easy to get sour plum sauce here.. I have some chicken in the fridge, I could try this after I get hold of that plum sauce.

pierre  on December 19th, 2009

Hi Mary
we do not have plum sauce here in france although I love it so much ; thanks for hte recipe next time I come to London I’ll buy some ! cheers from cold Paris

Mary  on December 19th, 2009

@3hungrytummies - I think it works well with duck, pork, beef and even lamb. I have to try them out.

@Angie - My children love the sauce very much too. I think I need to add more sauce next time.

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Yes, I cooked that for lunch and dinner…just too busy to cook another time. Will try with duck one day…should be good I think.

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - Thanks for visiting and your lovely comment. Hope you try out soon.

@The Little Teochew - Thanks for your lovely comment.

@Jeannie - I’m so glad that I can get sour plum sauce here though not many varieties. This one works well though.

@Pierre - Oh no….not again. I think you must move to UK :) Yes, buy more if you are ever in London. Don’t forget the Korean Hot Bean Paste too. Cheers from cold, snowy Scotland. I badly need your beautiful desserts now to make me smile.

penny aka jeroxie  on December 19th, 2009

I love using plum sauce too! But not with chicken before. So now I know. :)

Cookin' Canuck  on December 19th, 2009

Great quick meal! I would love spooning this sauce over rice, too!

anncoo  on December 19th, 2009

This looks great. Must eat extra rice when I cook this..Thanks for sharing.

TasteHongKong  on December 19th, 2009

I understand it is quite a challenge to cook on a busy day, but you have made it and probably said no to canned foods.

Sook  on December 19th, 2009

Do you have a homemade plum sauce recipe? If you do, you’d have to do that post sometime. I’d be in heaven! :)

impromptu diva  on December 19th, 2009

looks gooood and easy! what’s a substitute for plum sauce? I haven’t seen any plum sauce around.. or maybe i have to look around… thanks again mary!

Mary  on December 19th, 2009

@Penny - Looks like a very good combination. You can try now. It’s very delicious. I cooked again for lunch today.

@Cookin’ Canuck - Yes, unbelievably quick. Everyone was happy, including the cook :P

@Anncoo - I can believe that. My pot of rice, supposed to have left over for fried rice, was all gone :P

@TasteHongKong - You are correct…I don’t serve canned food to my family…very, very rare. The only canned food that I used, very rarely, is SPAM, which makes very good fried rice.

@Sook - Oh…I wish I know how to make plum sauce from scratch. Hope one fine day…just have to keep learning :) You’ll be the first to know!

@impromptu diva - It is super easy. So sorry, I don’t think there’s a substitute for it. Try to find in Oriental shops. I’m sure they should have cos this sauce is commonly used in Chinese cooking. I really hope you can find it.

Eleanor Hoh (WokStar)  on December 19th, 2009

Love one-dish meals, so this is perfect. Looks delish.

Trissa  on December 19th, 2009

this looks like a fantastic chicken dish Mary! It looks so gooey, rich, sticky and delicious!

Mary  on December 20th, 2009

@Eleanor - Thanks for your lovely comment. I hope to learn more super quick meals.

@Trissa - Thanks for your lovely comment. It is really good. Hope you try out soon.

lululu  on December 20th, 2009

Really super simple and delicious meal! Just a bowl of white rice, I’m so ready to dig in!

Mary  on December 20th, 2009

@lululu - Make sure you cook extra rice :) I almost had to cook another pot. My family liked it very much.

Cheah  on December 20th, 2009

My, this dish is very delicious and the sour plum sauce comes in very handy. Think it’ll be great with pork knuckles.

Janice  on December 20th, 2009

Looks great and nice and easy - my kind of cooking!

Mary  on December 20th, 2009

@Cheah - I can believe that it will be great with pork knuckles. I have to go to the butcher to ask him for that. I don’t see them at the supermarkets.

@Janice - Thank you. We can cook together then :P….simple, easy & quick.

Shirley  on December 20th, 2009

Sour plum sauce is a good idea. Usually here we use tomato for a sour curry with dash of lemon juice.

Mary  on December 21st, 2009

@Shirley - I like tomato and lemon juice for cooking too but sour plum sauce gives a different flavour. Give a try if you can find it. It comes in different brands so taste it first for sourness and saltiness.

uma  on December 21st, 2009

Mmmm…I can almost taste it. Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes over the hols Thanks Mary!

Mary  on December 21st, 2009

@Uma - Thanks. Holidays are always great times for trying out new things. I’m trying to bake more on top of cooking the daily meals for my family. Enjoy your cooking!

joylicious  on December 21st, 2009

I love simple to make meals as well as dishes that have a lot of sauce!! I am a huge fan of pouring sauce all over my rice too :) This looks awesome Mary MMmmmmm!!

Olive  on December 21st, 2009

this looks so goood..with hot steamed rice! :) I love simple, easy recipes too, Thanks for sharing, Mary!

Alta  on December 21st, 2009

Will you believe that I’ve never had plum sauce? I should find some the next time I visit our local Asian grocery - this sounds easy and tasty. I bet the kids would even love it.

Mary  on December 21st, 2009

@Joylicious - We must be sharing similar heritage or upbringing. I think the sauce just make the rice go down faster….LOL

@Olive - This is simple, easy, quick and delicious. Hope you try out soon. This is now my personal popular recipe.

@Alta - Yes, can’t believe it…LOL. Just joking. I never knew until my mother-in-law cooked duck with this beautiful sauce….just so delicious. Put less sugar if you want it more sour.

Divina  on December 22nd, 2009

This is my kind of dish with lots of sauce and definitely needs rice.

kristy  on December 22nd, 2009

Love the simple way of making this! I made this only to feed my own family but not my in-laws! hehe…. You know, elderly always have their special request when come to food! “No shotcuts!”…..

Mary  on December 22nd, 2009

@Divina - Must be the type of dish your dad cooked.

@Kristy - Whah, your in-laws must have high standards. Maybe my in-laws too. But we don’t meet often so I think everything taste very delicious to them even if they are not used to :P By the way, don’t tell them you use shortcuts even if you do.

Patty  on December 22nd, 2009

Wow! These look so good, your photos make my mouth water! Incredible! And the recipe looks simple enough for me to follow without totally screwing up! I bet these are even better with a nice, steaming hot bowl of sticky white rice! Thanks for sharing!

Mary  on December 23rd, 2009

@Patty - Thank you for your lovely compliment. This is a very simple and easy recipe. Hope you try out soon. I haven’t tried with sticky rice yet but sounds good.

Irene  on January 12th, 2010

Oh… You make it sounds easy! I’ll try it if I have the chance.

Mary  on January 13th, 2010

@Irene - It is very simple and easy. Hope you try it soon.

blessed homemaker  on June 22nd, 2011

I didn’t tell you I’ve been cooking this :-) My family loves this!


choohk  on June 27th, 2011

Hi Mary, thanks for this quick easy recipe which gave excellent results. We love this!!


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