Sticky soy and ginger pot-roasted chicken – Donna Hay #7

Recipe for sticky ginger soy chicken |

Well here it is; the recipe for the roasted chicken that was the subject of the chicken photography challenge.. 😉 Good looking chicken right? It was a good dish, but I had expected a much more sticky outside to be honest. The chicken is emerged in the soy mixture for over an hour and so I was thinking it would be nice and sticky on the outside, but that didn’t happen. Too bad, but the taste was quite allright. And considering the fact that this is only the second chicken I have ever roasted at home (yes, true!) I think it’s looking quite good!

Sticky soy ginger chicken


  • 1 cup (250 ml) dark soy sauce
  • 1 cup (250 ml) kecap manis
  • 1/3 cup Chinese black vinegar (80 ml)
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 8 cm piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 dried chilies
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and bruised
  • 1 whole chicken of about 1,5 kg, rinsed and patted dry
  • asparagus or other vegetable to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Place the soy sauce, the kecap, vinegar, honey, ginger, star anise, cinnamon, chilies and garlic in a large pan that can hold the chicken later too. Heat the mixture and bring to the boil. Tie the chicken legs together with string.
  2. Put the chicken in the pan with breast side down and baste the top of the chicken with the mixture. Put in the oven, uncovered for 40 minutes and baste every 20 minutes
  3. After 40 minutes remove the pan from the oven, carefully turn the chicken around and bake for another 30 minutes, basting every ten minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pan and strain the sauce. Cut the chicken into pieces and serve with the pan juices and asparagus.

Recipe by Donna Hay

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over. She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats. Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer


  1. Maybe a bit more sticky would have been good but this is a beautiful photograph of a delightful meal.

  2. You had fun with that star anise garnish. 😉 This looks great just as is. A more sticky texture would have been fun, but if it tastes good, that’s all that really matters. Good stuff! Thanks.

  3. Yum, I love the flavor of Kecap Manis. This looks fabulous, and as always, your photo is top notch!

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