Slow Cooked Red Ginger Chicken

My girls (of the chicken variety) are growing up and will be egg laying hens soon.  Although they are now considered pullets, my teenage chickens are finding their grown up voices and developing the most comedic personalities.

Urban Farm Chickens

Rosemary, Cocoa and Pepper

I love to walk out into the yard and see those four brilliantly feathered girls line up by the chicken coop gate.

Little heads pressed against the fencing, patiently watching and waiting for any treats I might be bringing them.  Pushing each other out-of-the-way so one of them can be first to greet me.  And maybe the first to get a treat.

When I step through the chicken coop door they flutter around my feet making the sweetest coo and purring sounds.  I’m usually smiling by this point.  What can I say, my chickens warm my heart.

Urban Farm Chickens

The girls lined up watching Tank roam the yard.

Speaking of chicken… one of my dear friends makes a fantastic Chicken Adobo and Chicken Long Rice.  So heavenly, I keep begging her for the recipes.  Of Filipino decent, my friend used to watch her Grandfather prepare these traditional dishes when she was little.  She now prepares them for her family, and her extremely grateful friends.

One day soon, she’s promised to show me how she prepares her Grandfather’s food. There were never any recipes handed down, just delicious memories.

Until then, (because I’m of the curious sort and couldn’t resist) I decided to explore the flavors of the Philippines.  The result… this fragrant and enticing Red Ginger Chicken.

Oh, and just to make things clear, my chicken girls will never see the inside of a Dutch oven or slow cooker.  Urban farm pets, that will someday lay delicious eggs.  🙂

Red Ginger Chicken

Serves 4-6


8-10 chicken thighs

1 3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled

1 cup tomato sauce (a great way to use your canned tomatoes!)

½ cup Tamari (or soy sauce)

3 cloves garlic, smashed

Fresh ground pepper

Chopped fresh cilantro or green onions for garnish

White Rice


Pre-heat the slow cooker on low.

Thick slice the ginger into 5-6 pieces.  Whisk together the tomato sauce, tamari, garlic and ginger.  Reserve.

Season the chicken pieces with pepper and brown on both sides.  You’ll want to achieve a nice deep brown color on the chicken as this will give the chicken lots of flavor.  Transfer the browned chicken pieces to the slow cooker.

Pour the sauce over the chicken and slow cook on low for about 5-6 hours or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165F.  Chicken thighs and legs work best in the slow cooker.   Directions below for using chicken breasts.

When the chicken is done, transfer the chicken to a platter.  Strain the *sauce through a mesh colander and ladle over the chicken.  Serve over white rice and garnish with chopped fresh green onion or cilantro.

*To make a thicker sauce, heat the strained sauce in a small sauce pan.  In a small bowl, mix together a spoonful or two of the heated sauce with about 1/2 teaspoon of corn starch.  Then whisk that mixture back into the sauce pan and let it come to a boil for only a few seconds or until you’ve reached desired consistency.

If you want to use chicken breasts, Prepare the sauce and simmer covered, on low heat, for about 30 minutes.  Take off the lid and if the sauce is too thin reduce over medium heat until you reach the desired consistency.  Then ladle over grilled or pan seared chicken breasts and serve with white rice or coconut rice. Garnish with fresh chopped green onion or cilantro.

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  1. That chicken looks delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  2. I never would have thought tomatoes and soy sauce, but you have me curious!

    • Amanda, it is truly a lovely combination and used often in Filipino cuisine. A nice change from the usual. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

  3. Ah you have chickens too! We adopted our 3 girls which had been abandoned and with them came a baby chick which was cool,until it started to grow up and is resembling a peacock not a chicken!

    • Oh no! Hahahaha! I’m not sure how big the baby chick is, but I read somewhere there is a version of the Rhode Island Red that is a Peacock Rhode Island Red, very much resembling the peacock. I can’t imagine who would abandon their chickens. What lucky chickens to have been rescued. (and one peacock!) 🙂

  4. That is one drool-worthy chicken!

  5. I’ve been waiting to read your ginger chicken posting and it was definitely worth the wait. It looks absolutely flavorful!!!! BTW, lucky chickens 🙂

  6. A great warming dish with the natural spice of ginger this time of year. We eat so much chicken at our home so I am always looking for some new ideas. Thanks for the inspiration. Take Care, BAM

    • You’re so welcome Bam! We too seem to consume major amounts of chicken these days. My two gals love chicken, Ranger Craig not so much, but he liked this chicken. 🙂 Thankfully!

  7. That sounds like a winner! It took me years to convince Hubby that we needed a slow-cooker (I think the Former Missus made gawd-awful stuff in one), and now that we have one, HE uses it as much as I do!
    Love the portraits of your Feathered Girls!

    • Hahaha! Well I was just about the same. After culinary school I thought hell would freeze over before I’d own a slow cooker. My Mother used to cook the heck out of everything in her slow cooker. But I learned browning was the key and watching to be sure nothing over cooked. It’s now a dinner saver some weeks. 🙂

  8. Oh hell yes! This sounds spectacular! Perhaps paired with your famous coconut rice?? If you’re liking your chickens now, just think about how much you’ll like them once they start giving you the best eggs you’ve ever had.

  9. They are so sweet. The birds and the thighs. Great time to pull out the crock pot. I’m thinking about doing some broilers this year and have been searching “processing” chickens. We’ll see how that goes. x wt

  10. Now that we’re into ski season, my slow cooker is my new best friend . . . as the last thing I feel like doing is cooking dinner after a day of skiing. I’m on the hunt for some new slow cooker recipes and this definitely fits the bill. Thanks Karista!

  11. Karista, I love that your chickens are your other “girls”. Even though I’m so close, I know very little about the cuisine of the Philippines – what a lovely recipe to start with!

    • Thanks Jess. I have recently become enthused about Filipino cuisine and hopefully I’ll master a few traditional favorites to share. Lovely blend of flavors and fresh ingredients. Have a great week!

  12. Karista I love this recipe! You should submit to Kalyn’s site –
    The chicks are getting so big!

    • Thanks Alyssa! I knew Kalyn had a new site but haven’t checked it out yet. I always feel two steps behind somehow. LOL! Hmmm… maybe it’s the busy work schedule and family? 🙂

  13. Gosh your chickens have grown so! Very fine looking girls they are. 🙂 I like that this dish uses tamari. It’s a flavor I really enjoy and don’t see it used so much…this dish looks great.

    • Awww… thanks Betsy! They are getting so pretty and eating like big girls. I too love the flavor tamari adds to dishes. I love an excuse to use it. LOL!

  14. Wouldn’t you know it, I have some fresh tomato sauce to use this week and local chicken. I love the spice of ginger. Sometimes I wish we were set up for raising chickens but fortunately a good friend of mine provides weekly fresh eggs.

    • I love it when I have all the ingredients on hand and I don’t have to make a special trip to the market. 🙂 I feel so lucky we are in a city location that allows chickens. I’d have a mini farm if I could. LOL!

  15. Oh I love the ginger in this and you know that I am big on dark poultry meat rather than white meat – so much more flavor. What a delicious dinner!

    • Thanks Ksenia! I do love a good chicken thigh. And of course ginger seems to be showing up in all sorts of things these days. I think its my current obsession. 🙂

  16. Great looking chicken.

  17. I had to laugh: we culinary types name our chickens accordingly;))). We have a Pepper too! And ‘megs’ for nutmeg, poppy, ginger, maple, brandy, ‘ollie’ for olive and our latest: ‘cinny’ for cinnamon—she looks the color of cinnamon bark!

    • Hahaha! Love your chicken girls names Janelle! I recently read about Cinny. if i were an egg laying hen I’d want to live at your house to. 🙂

  18. Oh would you look how your girls have grown! Gorgeous, every one of them!
    Your chicken dinner sounds fantastic – I love the combination of tomato sauce and soy sauce.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Can you see me smiling? 🙂 I do love my feathered girls. They are so much fun! I think my family believes me just a little crazy. LOL! Yes, the combination of tomato sauce and soy sauce is divine. Add garlic and ginger and I’m licking the plate!

  19. Such pretty girls and such a beautiful recipe! Now I know what to do with that chicken I bought yesterday. And a slow cook recipe too!

    • Thank you Maria! I do love these combinations of flavors. This chicken dish is great in the Dutch oven or a slow cooker. I love versatile. 🙂

  20. Oh and also, just found the mention… cheers 😀

  21. Your chickens are so cool – they look awesome. As, so it happens, does your chicken – so flavourful… clearly. Yum, Karista!

    • LOL! Thanks Frugal! It is a lovely slow cooker dish but can be prepared in the handy Dutch oven as well. 🙂

      • Yes, I’m afraid I have something of an aversion to slow cookers…

      • It took me a long time to bring one back into my kitchen. LOL! My Mother used to cook the heck out of everything in her slow cooker. The thought of using one used to make my stomach turn. LOL! But alas, it does come in handy when I have a long day with clients or students. There are just a few things I’ll prepare in a slow cooker, chicken thighs are one of them. But the Dutch oven works well as you know. 🙂

  22. Mmmmm, this sounds lovely. I am huge fan of anything in the slow cooker and chicken thighs are one of the very best. I shall be making this one for sure!

    • Thank you Anne! Is it Anne? I want to make sure I type your name correctly. LOL! I’m also a huge fan of the slow cooker, especially during those busy weeks. Enjoy!

      • It’s Anneli – tricky I know 🙂 Just wanted to let you know that I cooked this last night and it was sooooo good. My husband ate 4 chicken thighs with the delicious sauce that we just couldn’t get enough of! Top recipe and one that I will make again for sure x

      • Wonderful!! I’m so glad your family loved the chicken. It’s one of our faves to.


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