In April, I had two roast chicken carcasses that I was turning into Torigara Shoyu (Japanese Soy Sauce Chicken) Ramen. Instead of my usual Buta No Kakuni (Japanese Braised Pork), which would have necessitated a trip to the grocery store, I raided my fridge for some frozen chicken thighs. Not that you have to serve this with ramen, the slightly sweet, saucy braised chicken goes great with rice as well.
Tori No Nimono (Japanese Simmered Chicken)
Adapted from my recipe for Buta No Kakuni (Japanese Braised Pork)
For 1/2 lb chicken, you'll need,
1/2 lb boneless chicken thighs
2-inch knob grated ginger
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tblsp sugar
1/4 cup rice wine or mirin, if you have it
2 cups water
Optional: Cotton string to tie the chicken together
Wash 1/2 lb boneless chicken thighs and tie together with a cotton string. I didn't have any kitchen twine, so I cut up some cotton fabric that I had on hand. Make sure the chicken is boneless. I, umm, thought mine were but after a little simmering, realized the chicken thighs still had bones intact. That required a little unwrapping and defrosting before I could proceed with the recipe. :P
In a pot on medium low heat, add a 2-inch knob of grated ginger, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tblsp sugar, 1/4 cup mirin, and 2 cups water.
Partially cover the pot and let the chicken simmer for about half an hour. If the sauce looks a little low, add about 1/2 cup of water so it doesn't burn, and flip the chicken.
Another half an hour and the chicken is ready.
Cut off the string and slice the chicken.
Add the chicken to some homemade ramen or serve with rice.
P.S. Much thanks to Ila of I Nom Things for helping me with the translation.
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