The bubbling clay pots served at Asian restaurants are always enticing, especially when their lids are removed to reveal the steamy, savory contents. If you don’t have a clay pot at home, you can still make your own version in a Dutch oven. Serve this easy braised chicken with Sautéed Bok Choy and some steamed rice to soak up the flavorful sauce.
Game plan: The chicken can be marinated up to a day in advance.
- 1Place the brown sugar and water in a large clay pot or Dutch oven with a tightfitting lid over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil; add the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, star anise, and chiles; and stir to combine. Remove the pot from the heat and let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
- 2Add the chicken pieces and turn to coat in the marinade. Let sit at room temperature uncovered for 1 hour, or cover and marinate in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
- 3If covered, uncover the pot and place it over high heat. Add the chicken broth and onion and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 1 hour.
- 4Remove the chicken to a serving plate. Increase the heat to medium and simmer vigorously until the sauce has slightly darkened in color and has reduced by about a third, about 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Garnish the chicken with cilantro and serve with the sauce and steamed rice.