Sous Vide Chinese Garlic Chicken

Contributor: Jason Logsdon

Skip the takeout and make Sous Vide Chinese Garlic Chicken at home!

  • Author: Jason Logsdon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Sous Vide
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • 4 (1 – 1.5 in.) thick chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Chinese five spice powder, optional
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 scallion, finely sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds


  1. Preheat a water bath to 140°F (60°C).
  2. Sprinkle the chicken on all sides with the salt and Chinese 5 spice powder.
  3. Place in a sous vide bag in a single layer and seal it.
  4. Place in the water bath and cook for 2 and 1/2 hours, or until pasteurized.
  5. While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce.
  6. Add the garlic, chicken stock, soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch, honey, and red pepper flakes to a pot and stir well to combine.
  7. Heat over medium to medium-high heat and let thicken and reduce to your desired consistency then remove from the heat.
  8. Remove the chicken from the sous vide bath and cut into slices.
  9. Toss the chicken with the sauce and serve with the sliced scallion and sesame seeds on top.