LUXE / HEALTH Asian braised chicken…

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After three wonderful weeks away, it’s time to get back to reality and back into the kitchen…so here’s the perfect dish to welcome autumn.  This Asian braised chicken is a recipe I found and adapted from an old cookbook years ago and to this day, it remains a firm favourite in our household and is often the dinner I revert to when I’m lacking inspiration or energy.  It’s literally a one pot wonder so let me know what you think…

x A


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LUXE / HEALTH Asian Braised Chicken
(Serves 4)


8-12 chicken thighs
1 cup soy sauce
1 litre water
4 generous tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Cinnamon stick
1/3 cup white sugar (or caster sugar – whatever you have in the cupboard)
4-5 garlic cloves, crushed
1 inch fresh ginger, finely grated
Generous pinch of dried chilli flakes
Handful sesame seeds
1 bunch steamed broccolini or green beans
1 packet soba noodles


  • In a large saucepan, combine the soy sauce, water, vinegar, garlic, ginger, chilli flakes, cinnamon and sugar and bring to the boil.
  • Add the chicken thighs to the pan, then reduce to a medium heat and simmer, uncovered, for 50 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small pan, toast the sesame seeds until golden brown.  Set aside.
  • After 50 minutes, the chicken should be cooked through and braised a beautiful golden brown.
  • Cook the soba noodles according to packet directions and drain well (they usually take about 4 minutes)
  • To serve, place 2-3 chicken thighs on a small bed of soba noodles, add the steamed greens, a little broth from the saucepan and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Simple!



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