My mom designed this recipe to free up the stove by using the rice cooker to steam and stew chicken thighs, yielding tender, almost slow-cooked chicken with a comforting taste. It takes a while to make, but requires minimal work. You can use any cut of chicken, but dark meats come out especially soft. Serve with white rice and enjoy!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the soy sauce, garlic, ginger, monosodium glutamate (if using), salt, pepper, and sesame oil into a large resealable plastic bag and squeeze the bag with your fingers to mix the ingredients and dissolve the salt. Add the chicken thighs to the marinade and squeeze the bag again to coat the chicken. Squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag and zip the bag closed. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

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  • Mix the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl until smooth. Pour the marinade from the plastic bag into a programmable electric rice cooker and mix in the cornstarch mixture until thoroughly combined. Place the chicken thighs into the sauce. Add just enough water to barely cover the chicken and stir.

  • Close the lid of the cooker, set the cooker for the regular rice setting, and press the start button. When steam begins coming out of the top of the cooker (after about 20 minutes), set the cooker's timer for 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, uncover and stir the chicken. Set timer and cook for another 10 minutes; switch the cooker to the keep-warm setting. Allow chicken to rest in the keep-warm setting for 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

206 calories; protein 24.1g 48% DV; carbohydrates 6.3g 2% DV; fat 8.6g 13% DV; cholesterol 78.5mg 26% DV; sodium 2585.4mg 103% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2011
This was delicious!!! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfectly!! I can't switch my rice cooker to the stay warm setting it does it by itself. I just turned it off and let it sit for 20 minutes and it was perfect!!! Thanks:) My only negative is that I didn't double the recipe!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/23/2011
Fixed as written. The chicken turned out very tender and juicy. That said the flavor was very strange and the sauce was very salty. I think it is because the soy sauce was reduced to a thick sauce and overwhelmed the flavor. There needed to be another flavor added to the soy sauce besides garlic and ginger. I will use my own favorite marinades and use this method of cooking chicken as it did turn out juicy chicken with a nice sauce. Read More
(17)
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Rating: 3 stars
09/23/2011
Fixed as written. The chicken turned out very tender and juicy. That said the flavor was very strange and the sauce was very salty. I think it is because the soy sauce was reduced to a thick sauce and overwhelmed the flavor. There needed to be another flavor added to the soy sauce besides garlic and ginger. I will use my own favorite marinades and use this method of cooking chicken as it did turn out juicy chicken with a nice sauce. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2011
This was delicious!!! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfectly!! I can't switch my rice cooker to the stay warm setting it does it by itself. I just turned it off and let it sit for 20 minutes and it was perfect!!! Thanks:) My only negative is that I didn't double the recipe!!! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2013
These thighs are so moist and tasty it is unbelievable. I used the juice to cook the rice in and everything tasted wonderful. Not too salty just enough spice to make it interesting and meat almost melts in your mouth. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2016
My girlfriend liked it the first time so i offered to make to again but i wanted more to it. so I played with the amounts a bit and added a few things to make this a full meal full of flavor 4 lbs of chicken. 4 golden potatoes. 2 large carrots. 1/2 large Vidalia onion. Shiitake mushrooms. Ginger. Garlic. Soy sauce - low sodium. Sesame oil - extra. Black pepper. No MSG. No added salt. Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2016
Good recipe made a few adjustments. 1) Put everything except corn starch in a slow cooker at low for 6 hrs. 2) Add 1 small chili pepper 2 green onions chopped 3) Strain & reserve 1C. of sauce add 1 tsp. of sugar. Allow to cool and stir in 1 tbsp. of corn starch 4) Select a 4 C. mix of your favorite vegetables to stir fry 1 minced garlic clove. Stir fry and add sauce. Bring to a boil & Stir until thickened. Serve with (brown) rice & I used bone-in thighs. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2014
Made this 3 times already.(Exactly to recipe) It was great the flavor is awesome and chicken falls apart in your mouth. Will be making again Read More
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