PW Wednesday: Honey Soy Plum Chicken


Honey soy plum chicken is bursting with sweet and salty flavor

We’re on our 2nd to last recipe for the PW Wednesday series!! I can’t believe we’ve been doing it for as long as we have. Definitely a ton of fun and indulged in some great food!

Gina‘s choice this week was phenomenal. I’m a huge fan of salty sweet so when I saw that this was the next recipe, I was pretty excited. It reminded me a lot of childhood because my mom would make something very similar to this when we were young.

Pioneer Woman said this was an Asian style dish, and while I agree with all that, I wanna know what was going through her head when she decided to use an entire 20 oz. bottle of soy sauce for this dish?! Seriously, have you tasted soy sauce? A little goes a looooooooong way. I’m glad most of us know this. I feel bad for people who bought this book and don’t and followed her recipe exactly and dumped in an entire bottle of soy sauce. You might as well eat salt rocks while you’re at it.

I thought the dish, with the soy sauce heavily reduced, ended up awesome. It had the sweet flavor from the plum preserves and plums and the wine gave it a little boozy action. Most of it cooked off but I added a tad bit more than what was called for. The thickening of the sauce that you can drizzle all over the noodles was heavenly. This was even better the next day too! I couldn’t get enough of this dish.

I didn’t make many modifications this time around because I liked all the flavors in this dish. Some of the ladies switched it up and used different preserves/marmalades, but I kept with the plum. I think the only modifications I made were: halving the recipe, using only 1/3 cup of soy sauce, and cooking it for only 30 minutes. I also let the sauce reduce for 20 minutes (after I removed the chicken) to have it thicken up a little.

Gina has the recipe over on her blog today so be sure to grab it!

Here are everyone else’s fabulous takes on this recipe:

Megan & Rachel


Posted on July 11, 2012

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  1. 07/11/2012 at 8:18 am

    Definitely an excessive amount of soy sauce. I hope I can live up to the picking an amazing recipe for our last one!

  2. 07/11/2012 at 8:19 am

    This sounds quite tasty, a nice combination of sweetness from the honey and plum and soy sauce although good call on the reduction in volume of the latter!

  3. 07/11/2012 at 8:20 am

    Gorgeous Julie! The sauce looks amazing! {glad you cut back on that soy… 20 oz. yikes!}

  4. 07/11/2012 at 8:24 am

    Holy crap! A whole bottle of soy sauce? My father would die… >.> But this looks delicious.

  5. 07/11/2012 at 8:49 am

    Looks great- and I agree- a whole bottle seems like way too much :)

  6. 07/11/2012 at 8:49 am

    Whoa. Good call on reducing the soy sauce. Yikes! I only use the low-sodium stuff already…sooooo salty!

  7. 07/11/2012 at 8:50 am

    yummm this looks awesome! i will definitely need to try this out soon!

  8. 07/11/2012 at 9:41 am

    Even with using the reduced sodium sauce and cutting even THAT back – I still puffed up and had sausage fingers from all the salt! Seriously! But non the less it was totally a winner. Just even less soy sauce next time…

  9. 07/11/2012 at 10:09 am

    Salt rocks…hahaha! so true. I don’t understand how these amounts didn’t raise red flags for anyone through the editing process or something. They’re beyond ridic.
    I can’t believe how similar our pics are…too funny!

  10. 07/11/2012 at 10:30 am

    LOVING today’s PW recipe! It looks phenomenal. All of those yummy flavors into one easy dish. I think I’d halve the recipe too… but then again those leftovers would sure be incredible!

  11. 07/11/2012 at 10:42 am

    Yikes – an entire bottle of soy sauce?! That’s insane! I hope no one actually follows the recipe!

    Yours looks delicious! I just pulled some chicken out of the freezer… maybe a trip to the store for plum preserves is in my future?

  12. 07/11/2012 at 10:53 am

    I have to make this, it looks absolutely delicious and just makes my mouth water..wowzer.

  13. 07/11/2012 at 10:58 am

    Dude this looks sooo good. I’d have added more soy sauce though.


  14. 07/11/2012 at 11:02 am

    Salt rocks?! I died. This looks fab, can’t wait to try it! : )

  15. 07/11/2012 at 11:52 am

    Oh this looks absolutely delicious!

  16. 07/11/2012 at 12:13 pm

    This looks amazing and I love soy sauce but an entire bottle? I bet it is amazing either way. Love it!

  17. Hehe I always love when you feel like you have beaten the masters–such as knowing that a whole bottle is far too much soy sauce. Girl likes her condiments, I guess! This looks delish too, I want to try it!

  18. 07/11/2012 at 3:05 pm

    Staring at this post is making my already starving body furious ;) looks divine!!

  19. 07/11/2012 at 3:31 pm

    I immediately got hungry when I looked at this. So hungry.

  20. I love Asian Food, and soy sauce, but a whole bottle?! The plum sounds like a great pair for this!

  21. 07/11/2012 at 3:52 pm

    Yours looks great as well Julie! You guys all have me drooling today with this chicken dish…. So glad you all reduced the soy sauce. I can’t fathom that much sodium in one dish. May as well have a gallon of water to drink along side it!

  22. 07/11/2012 at 5:30 pm

    ooh, this sounds + looks fantastic! I’ll have to try it soon. =)

  23. 07/11/2012 at 5:37 pm

    Wow this really does look awesome! Looks like a major comfort food! But man, an entire bottle of soy?!? Craziness! Im glad you cut that down! I would too :)

  24. 07/11/2012 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a recipe call for that much soy sauce! Your results look fantastic though, and I bet the reduction did the trick :)

  25. 07/11/2012 at 11:23 pm

    Dude, this looks so freaking good.

  26. 07/12/2012 at 8:19 am

    Oh my goodness – this look awesome. I am drooling and it’s not even 8AM! I love that you girls are being honest about the recipes too – it’s so nice to see!!

  27. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme
    07/12/2012 at 11:34 am

    This looks great! I definitely want to add this to my dinner menu less the bottle of soy sauce. An entire bottle is crazy! Your version looks perfect!

  28. Stephanie
    07/12/2012 at 11:41 am

    This looks so good! A whole bottle of soy sauce is just crazy! Love the photos!

  29. 07/12/2012 at 1:01 pm

    Great adaptations, Julie. The 20 oz bottle of sauce is definitely a bit extreme.

  30. 07/16/2012 at 10:32 am

    a 20-ounce bottle of soy sauce… ha, that’s insane. this recipe looks really good though.

  31. 07/19/2012 at 6:58 pm

    I love your honesty. Very refreshing. This looks so good, I could definitely eat a plate or two of this.

  32. Pamela
    08/06/2015 at 2:19 pm

    I thought this looked amazing but unfortunately didn’t see it on your site and only cut the soy by half. Whow it was still way to salty. Ruined all my lovely ingredients and has nearly put me of trying anymore of Rees recipes. 😟

    • Julie
      08/06/2015 at 2:20 pm

      It’s linked below saying it’s not on my site but my friend’s site.

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