Star Anise Chicken

In the South Arm Community Kitchen, Jane Duo made a Chinese chicken dish.  She calls it special chicken but I think it’s more proper to call ti Star Anise Chicken.  We decided to make some Chinese food upon the request of Blanca and other non Chinese members.   They specifically requested to learn how to stir fry bok choy which I will cover later.


This Star Anise Chicken is another very homey Chinese chicken dish.  It is flavours with star anise, ginger, soy sauce and sugar.


  • A whole chicken, cut into pieces or just drumsticks or wings.
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 inches ginger, sliced
  • 4 star anise
  • salt to taste
  • soy sauce
  • cooking wine
  • sesame oil


Jane pre-marinated the chicken with some soy sauce, cooking wine and sesame oil.


Star-Anise-Chicken-4-300x200In a hot frying pan, add sugar.

Cook the sugar until it starts to caramelize.

Star-Anise-Chicken-6-300x200Add the marinated chicken pieces excluding the marinates.  The addition of chickens will stop the sugar from burning.

Stir fry the chicken until they are caramelized.

Star-Anise-Chicken-13-300x200Add garlic, ginger and star anise.
Star-Anise-Chicken-7-300x200Add the marinates and season with salt to taste.
Star-Anise-Chicken-9-300x200Add enough water to just cover the chicken.  So not add too much water as the chicken will release more juice, especially if it’s not free range chicken.

Let’s simmer until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes.  Skim off fats along the way.

Star-Anise-Chicken-8-300x200Season with more soy sauce if needed.

Serve with steamed rice.

Jane Duo, thank you for sharing this homey chicken dish.

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  1. jasmine

    This reminds me of my grandma’s cooking back in Malaysia – she made the best home cooked meals. My sister has some of the recipes documented on her blog – .

  2. Garrison

    hi, it would be great if there was a print feature for this.. i would like my helpers to make this – and having a printed recipe version would help.

    1. Ben

      Hi Garrison: You can print this recipe directly from the browser. It is formatted to print without the sidebars and other irrelevant info you see on the screen. Print and let me know if the format is what you want. Suanne and I debated long about the format (she wants the pictures removed while I say we should not).

  3. Garrison

    Great! I printed this with the photos – though I switched it to b/w only just so my helpers have a visual reference. Thank you again

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