Aug 29, 2023

Ponzu Chicken 橙醋雞肉

There are two types of Japanese sauces that I kept in the fridge once a while - goma (sesame) and ponzu ポン酢 (citrusy soy sauce). If you've been to a Japanese shabu shabu place before, quite often you'll find these two sauces served on the table to eat along with vegetables and meat.

But what else can I use ponzu for besides serving as a dipping sauce? That's how I came up with this recipe. Mixing ponzu together with seared chicken. Sounds like a good match, and for sure the taste is pretty delicious too, especially if you like ponzu sauce to begin with.

Ponzu chicken 橙醋雞肉 - 

Ponzu chicken


  • 480 grams boneless chicken dark meat
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 string scallion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoons ponzu sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light-tasting oil


  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons mirin
  • 2 teaspoons rice cooking wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Use boneless chicken leg, doesn't matter skin or without the skin. Slice the chicken to big bite size pieces. Marinate and gently massage the chicken with all the ingredients listed under the "marinade" section. 

Chicken with its light marinade

Prep the chicken first then we start working on other ingredients. The chicken needs to be marinated for at least 10 minutes.

Peel and slice the onion. Peel and slice the garlic. Chop the scallion.

Drizzle 2 tablespoons of light-tasting oil to the pan and switch to medium heat. Transfer onion slices over and cook till translucent. Add the garlic slices. Cook till aromatic but not burning the garlic.

Searing onion and garlic slices

Transfer chicken over and sear till the edge turns golden or golden brown. If use chicken with skin, sear it with skin side down first.

Making ponzu chicken

Once the chicken gets a nice sear, pour in the ponzu sauce and push around the meat till evenly blended. Cook till the sauce has been reduced slightly, about 30 seconds to 1 more minute.

Making ponzu chicken

Plate and garnish with chopped scallion on top.

Ponzu chicken

Surprisingly, that little pop of spicy note from the black pepper actually worked so well in this dish. It's like a sudden refreshing touch from the citrusy soy sauce seasoning. That said, use fresh coarsely grind black pepper whenever possible, it really makes a big difference compared to the pre-grind version.   

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