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Soy-Braised Chicken with Pickled Ginger Onions

“Red-cooking” is a Chinese method for braising meats in soy sauce. This simple way to braise bone-in thighs is a balance of salty and sweet, with the aromatics of anise and cinnamon. Serve tangy-sweet red onions and steamed jasmine rice.

Servings 4
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 thin slices fresh gingerroot, cut into matchsticks or thin slivers
  • 3/4 cup roasted garlic seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 2 to 3 whole star anise or 1/2 teaspoon anise seed
  • 3 strips orange peel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 (20 ounces) Just Bare Bone-In Thighs, skin removed
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
  • Toasted sesame seeds, fresh cilantro sprigs, or spicy microgreens, if desired

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 21
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g 10%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 22g
Calcium 4%Iron 13%
Vitamin C 6%Vitamin A 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:


  1. Mix onions, gingerroot, and rice vinegar in medium bowl. Let stand until chicken is ready, stirring occasionally.
  2. Mix water, soy sauce, sugar, sherry, star anise, orange peel, and cinnamon sticks in a Dutch oven. Add chicken; bring to a simmer. Cook about 20 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink near the bone. Cook to internal temp of 165°F. Transfer chicken to a shallow dish.
  3. Remove star anise and cinnamon from cooking sauce. Whisk in cornstarch mixture; cook over medium heat about 1 minute or until thickened.
  4. Serve chicken with sauce and pickled onions, sprinkled with sesame seeds.


Just Bar® Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs may be substituted for Just Bare® Bone-In Chicken Thighs.

Nutritional information may change when substituting product. If you choose to substitute frozen chicken for this recipe, it’s best to thaw the product before cooking.