Cold Chicken

chicken in natural juice
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
279 Calories
15g Fat
11g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 2397mg 104%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 377mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for Cold Chicken is a family favorite. Incredibly simple to create, a whole chicken is boiled in a mixture of soy sauce before being garnished with sesame oil and scallions.


For Garnish:

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped scallions, green parts only

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the chicken in a pot (it should fit fairly tightly).

  3. Add the soy sauce, rock sugar or granulated sugar, star anise, ginger, and enough water to cover the chicken and bring to a rolling boil. Lower the heat and cook at a medium boil for 20 minutes, making sure to add boiling water as needed to keep the chicken covered.

  4. Turn off the heat and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid (use aluminum foil to help seal the pot if necessary). Let it cool completely in the covered pot. Remove the cooled chicken from the pot and drain. Do not discard the cooking liquid.

  5. Using a cleaver or a large knife, cut the chicken into serving pieces. Arrange the pieces on a serving platter, skin-side up, so that it resembles a whole chicken.

  6. Add 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Brush the sesame seed oil over the skin and sprinkle the scallion on top. Serve at room temperature or chilled if you like.

  7. Enjoy.