Stir Fried Chicken

What is the impact of the yeast extract ingredient used in this recipe?

  • Adds a dark malty flavor
  • Gives an umami impact

The Recipe

  • 1 1/4 lbs chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp yeast extract (such as Marmite or Vegemite)


  1. Combine the marinade ingredients together in a plastic bag. Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat. Set in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours.
  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan. Lightly fry the onions with a pinch of salt for 15 minutes or until softened. Add the onions into a bowl, leaving any oil in the pan.
  1. Turn the heat up on the pan and add a little more oil. Setting aside the remaining marinade, stir-fry the chicken pieces until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan.
  1. Add 1/3 cup of water, marinade, honey, soy sauce, and fish sauce, bringing to boil. Simmer for 3-5 minutes or until the sauce has begun to reduce.
  1. Add the chicken and onion and simmer until completely cooked through.