These microwaved chicken thighs are a total game-changer for busy nights! You can whip them up in under 15 minutes. And the best part? They’re even better when you drizzle my easy yet delicious scallion garlic sauce over the chicken.

Microwaved chicken thighs

❤️ Why you will love this recipe?

  • Convenient: It’s all done in the microwave, proving its versatility beyond reheating leftovers or defrosting frozen food.
  • Time-saving: Ready in under 15 minutes, ideal for hectic days.
  • Affordable: With chicken as the main ingredient, it’s budget-friendly for all.
  • Absolutely delicious: The scallion garlic sauce steals the show. It takes the flavor of the chicken to a whole new level, trust me!

🍗 Ingredients for microwaved chicken thighs

Microwaved chicken thighs

For the chicken: Deboned chicken thighs, scallions, Chinese cooking wine, chicken powder, and salt.

For the sauce: Scallions, garlic, light soy sauce, oyster sauce, chili flakes, Chinese black vinegar, and cooking oil.

This sauce is inspired by Mỡ Hành (Vietnamese green onion oil) with a Chinese twist. It stole my heart! You can drizzle the sauce over chicken, fish, or even noodles, like my rice paper noodles.

📝 Instructions

Cook the chicken:

  • Marinate the chicken thighs with salt, chicken powder, and Chinese cooking wine.
  • Place the chicken on a microwave-safe deep plate. Sprinkle some green onion on top.
  • Cover the plate of chicken with microwave-safe plastic wrap.
  • Microwave the chicken on high power for 5 minutes.
Chicken thighs and green onions in a plate
microwaved chicken thighs
  • Flip the chicken, re-cover the plate with plastic wrap, and microwave for other 2.5 minutes.
microwaved chicken thighs
microwaved chicken thighs

Prepare the sauce:

  • Combine minced garlic and finely chop scallions in a bowl.
  • Heat the cooking oil over medium heat. To test the oil, dip the tapered end of a wooden or bamboo chopstick into the oil – if it sizzles, the oil is ready.
  • Pour the hot oil over the garlic and scallions.
  • Add soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar, oyster sauce, and chili flakes. Mix well.
sauce for microwaved chicken thighs
  • Drizzle the sauce over the chicken. Enjoy!!
Microwaved chicken thighs

🌟 Helpful Tips

  • Boneless chicken thighs work best for this recipe (the bone-in chicken thighs will take more time to cook). For chicken breast, you could use my recipe for microwave-poached chicken breast.
  • Adjust the cooking time according to your microwave. Mine is 650 watts.

How do microwaved chicken thighs taste?

Microwaved chicken thighs resemble steamed chicken. They’re rather bland on their own, but the scallion garlic sauce is the key to elevating the dish.

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Microwaved chicken thighs

Easy Microwaved Chicken Thighs with Scallion Garlic Sauce

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These microwaved chicken thighs are a complete game-changer for busy evenings! You can prepare them in under 15 minutes. And the icing on the cake? They taste even better when you top them with my simple yet scrumptious scallion garlic sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Family meal, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

For the chicken thighs

  • 1.1 pound deboned chicken thighs (500g)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tbsp chicken powder
  • 1 sprig scallion
  • 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine (or sake, mirin)

For the sauce:

  • 1 sprig scallion (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • ½ tbsp chili flakes (optional)
  • tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • ½ tbsp Chinese black vinegar (or 1/4 tbsp rice vinegar)
  • ¼ cup cooking oil (60ml)

Instructions
 

Cook the chicken:

  • Marinate the chicken thighs with chicken powder, salt, and Chinese cooking wine.
  • Arrange the chicken on a microwave-safe deep plate. Sprinkle some green onion on top.
  • Cover the plate with microwave-safe plastic wrap.
  • Cook the chicken in the microwave on high power for 5 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken, re-cover the plate with plastic wrap, and microwave for an additional 2.5 minutes.

Prepare the sauce:

  • In a bowl, mix together minced garlic and chopped scallions.
  • Heat cooking oil over medium heat. To check if it's ready, dip the pointed end of a wooden or bamboo chopstick into the oil – if bubbles form around the chopstick, it's ready.
  • Carefully pour the hot oil over the garlic and scallions.
  • Mix in soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar, oyster sauce, and chili flakes. Give it a stir.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken. Bon appetit!!

Notes

  • Boneless chicken thighs work best for this recipe (bone-in thighs may require longer cooking). Try my microwave-poached chicken breast recipe for chicken breast. 
  • Adjust the cooking time to match your microwave; mine operates at 650 watts.
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