Recipes: Potato Chicken

My Mum used to make this a lot when I was a kid and I loved it so I tried making it some time back. I was delighted to discover that it’s a hit with the fussy hubby as well so I thought I’d better write down the recipe before I forget what I did. Here it is…

Potato Chicken


  • 1 whole chicken chopped into pieces
  • marinade: 1 tbsp oil, 1 tsp sesame oil, dash of pepper, 2 tbsp light soy sauce, 3 tbsp dark soy sauce, 200 ml water
  • a few slices of ginger
  • a few cloves of garlic (smash them)
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped into large chunks


  • Marinade the chicken pieces with the marinade ingredients.
  • Put everything into a stock pot.
  • Add the ginger, garlic, onion, potatoes and carrot.
  • Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Drop the heat and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and serve.

The end result can be a bit oily so you might want to skim off some of the oil layer. You can also remove the chicken skin.

Variations: you can omit either the carrots or the potatoes, but I think you must have at least one of them to maintain the flavour of the dish.

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Dr Shen-Li Lee Dr Shen-Li Lee is a freelance writer and mum to two boys who have been the inspiration for her ongoing study in child development and education. She searches for the balance in child development methods and educational philosophies that will encourage the nurture of happy, confident and successful children. She shares her views and findings at Figur8.