Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Marmite Chicken

I grew up with Marmite. My mom would make soup or add it to congee or rice and it was the best, there was no need for any other dishes or sides, just a tiny spoonful of Marmite.

What is Marmite? Read about it here Wikipedia


2 Chicken thighs - cut into bite-size
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp oil


2 tbsp Marmite

1 tbsp maltose

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp light soya sauce

dash of pepper and chicken stock granules

100 ml water


Heat oil and add in chicken pieces to brown. Sprinkle salt and pepper and turn chicken when it is browned on one side. Brown the other side.

Add in the sauce ingredients and cook until sauce has thickened.

Serve hot with white rice.



mrshbt (Lee Ping) said...

Marmite chicken goes well with rice. Yum! I love marmite. Almost bought one small bottle last night at Albertsons. It's about $7, kinda of pricey I thought but I guess it's worth it because we just need a little at each servings.

anon said...

Thanks Lily, Marmite is full of nutrients, keeps indefinitely, if
I like this dish, I shall be eating
it repeatedly for a very long time to come. And Marmite not merely for spreading on toast that has been my lot so far!

Foodista said...

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Anonymous said...

I was wondering if
adding shitake
mushrooms would
enhance or detract
from overall flavour of this dish.

lilyng said...


marmite is a vegetable extract, so it will be a good idea to enhance more by adding mushrooms

Anonymous said...

Hi lilyng,

Do i have to add both maltose and honey?

Thank you.


lilyng said...


the honey is there for the sweetness as marmite can be very salty and the maltose is sort of a thickener.

Anonymous said...

Just as I am likely to turn into a delicious repast as to Marmite chicken for example with Marmite, I was wondering if I could do likewise with Hellmann's mayo - of which I also bought a fair quantity very cheaply - into a dish with a Chinese or Malaysian flavour or twist, the Hellmann company gave me a recipe book using their mayo but they are all Western recipes that I don't
particularly like.

lilyng said...


you are really giving me a real challenge with mayo for malaysian cooking.

Help, anyone????

anon said...

Particularly in the current economic climate,
I tend to buy things that
are greatly reduced in price from normal and then decide how to make a delicious repast from the bought ingredients. The cheaper meat from turkey leg makes a very acceptable substitute for pork in the preparation of say the minced-pork tung choy dish, I only need to adjust the seasonings to reflect it's a different
meat being used.

Anonymous said...

Re 2 tbsp Marmite

Are you quite sure
spoon size is

lilyng said...


it is 2 tbsp and it is level. yes, i know it looked alot for marmite but with the honey and maltose, it will balance the saltiness. you could reduce the amount to your liking.

Beau Lotus said...

Lily, I always have a jar of marmite in my pantry and I either just dip my finger in from time to time or add it to rice porridge, Yummy!

Anonymous said...

I love Marmite. I used to get it from mytasteofasia, now that they closed down, you can find them on

kim said...

Hi Lily, Can I subsitute maltose with cornstarch? Thanks.

lilyng said...


sub with honey or sugar.

if the sauce is too thin to your liking, then use cornstarch + a little water as a thickener

Anonymous said...

I note there is
no recipe for cinnamon chicken,
will you perhaps post that, Lily?

Or maybe that for
cinnamon pork?

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