Friday, January 16, 2009

Braised Mirin Chicken

Japanese cooking is almost similar to Chinese cooking.The different between them is the texture and taste of their seasoning but overall it's almost similar . I found Japanese cooking is more bland and sweet than Chinese cooking. Two years ago I bought a bottle of Mirin but seldom use it. Now I would love to take this opportunity to use it to cook with whole chicken.Here is my humble Braised Mirin Chicken.


1/2 whole chicken (chop to small pieces )

2 carrot (peel and cut 1-2 inch)

2 tbsp mirin

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp chicken bouillon powder

1 tbsp sake

1 tsp sugar *optional*

1 tbsp cooking oil

2 clove garlic (peel and sliced)

2 stalks scallion ( cut 2 inch)

1 tbsp sesame oil *optional*


1:Clean and remove giblets,neck and feathers.Cut the whole chicken to small pieces with cleaver.You can use ready cut thighs or drumsticks instead of whole chicken.

2:Prepare wok at high heat with oil,add in garlic,fry until light golden brown,then add in cut chicken and carrot,reduce heat to medium.Let's simmer for 5 minutes with lid to cover the wok for faster cooking.Remove lid,add in soy sauce,mirin,sugar ,chicken bouillon powder and sake,mix well and cook for another 5 minutes or longer or until the meat is tender.

3:Check the seasoning ,sprinkle with cut scallion and sesame oil before remove from heat.Dish out and serve warm with rice.


This dish is easy and simple to cook.It's a Japanese comfort food which you can cook yourself instead of ordering at Japanese restaurant.If you don't have sake replace with chinese cooking wine.


Amanda said...

I've never heard of Mirin, I wonder if I can find it in a regular grocery store? This looks delicious!

pigpigscorner said...

Looks delicious! Nice colour on the chicken! I was just wondering what to do with the rest of my mirin. Thanks!

My Asian Kitchen said...

Mirin taste sweet and mostly used in Japanese cooking.Our local supermarket do sell mirin,go to international shelve to look for it.if not you have to go to asian grocery store. good luck!

you can use mirin to cook various type of japanese's won't get spoilt even after you open it.Hope this help.

Anonymous said...

this looks good! looking at the ingredients i can already taste it in my mouth...mmmm.

My Asian Kitchen said...

Thank you!! hope to see you again:)

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