Monday, February 8, 2010

Hoisin Chicken

The gloomy weather shows no signs of letting up. The weekend was misty , murky and mundane except for some hoisin chicken I made. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Yes it was. The other day, I saw some pictures of hoisin chicken in Peanutts blog and drooled.  Instantly decided I need to try this sauce. I picked up a bottle on my regular shopping fix at the grocers and I have to say, not disappointing at all! Let’s try a positive statement. It‘s exquisite!

The recipe on Peanutts blog called for steaming the chicken but I did my own thing. Her recipe looks scrumptious and was helpful to understand how much of the sauce I can add without totally messing up. Please click on the highlighted link to reach her page.

If there are any authentic ways of cooking with hoisin sauce I am in the dark of the same.  Today’s recipe has nothing to do with authenticity but a lot to do with fun, both cooking and eating.

The chicken was marinated for a couple of hours and stir fried with vegetables that I picked up on random from the refrigerator. They were the misplaced, running around kinds who were looking lost in my vegetable tray, needing help. I spruced then up with some trimming and tossed in. Following, I thickened the sauce,  pouring over the cooked chicken and vegetables and sprinkling with sesame seeds to close the deal.

Hanoi Chicken

Ingredients:
Chicken Breast - 2
Green chillies    - 4 nos
Capsicum red and green (Bell Peppers)         - 1/2 cup diced
Cabbage          - a couple of leaves torn
carrots              - 1/2
Hoisin sauce      - 3 Tbspn
Oyster sauce    - 2 Tbspn
Soya bean sauce - 1 - 2 Tbspn
Sesame seed     - to sprinkle on top (approximately 1 tspn)
Oil                     - 2 tbspn
Ginger                - 1 Tbspn thinkly chopped
Garlic                 - 1/2 Tbspn chopped
Corn starch        - 1 Tbspn
Water or Chicken broth - 1 and 1/4 cup
Hanoi Chicken

Method:
1. Marinate the chicken in 1 tbspn hoisin sauce, 1 tbspn oyster sauce and 1 tbspn soya bean sauce for 2 hours or freeze it till you want to use next
2. Heat oil in a pan and stir fry the chicken with ginger and garlic till cooked
3. Spoon them out and in the remainting oil proceed to saute the vegetables like bok choy, cabbage, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower etc.  I have used cabbage, bell peppers and carrots.
4. Add some more of all the three sauce just enough to spice up the vegetables.  Just a little is fine.
5. Once they are cooked al dente throw back the chicken and cook them all together and transfer into your serving dish
6. Add a cup of water and all the three remaining sauce and bring to a boil.  Add the corn starch dissolved in 1/4th cup water and add to the boiling sauce.  Thicken and add to the prepared chicken and vegetables and sprinkle with sesame seeds
Hanoi Chicken

Notes:
1. All meaurements are approximate
2. Avoid or reduce green chillies.  I like the dishes hot and add quite a few chillies.  This one was quite piquant so reduce the no of chillies if you like your dish mild.
3. I like cabbage, bok choy, peppers, broccoli or cauliflower, celery, scallions etc in the chinese style dishes I make. I have never used potatoes for example in these preparations and so cannot vouch for it going well even though I tend to loosely state add vegetables of your choice.

45 comments:

  1. yummy...this looks just out of the restaurant!! wonderful !

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  2. Wow!!! looks so perfect...Yummy yumm and i m drooling

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  3. Now it's my turn to drool...yum...like anything with hoisin sauce...

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  4. Look great. Certainly mouthwatering.

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  5. Gorgeous, love Hoisin sauce.

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  6. What a delicious dish!!!! I'm going to make it soon!!!!
    Have a nice week!

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  7. wow gr8 look like restaraunt...tempting

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  8. am hearing the name of the dish for the first time but the picture looks superb...exactly the way restaurant food is presented. lovely dish and great picture.

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  9. Chicken looks so delicious that I feel like having it now. A very unique recipe. Wonderful presentation.

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  10. Yummy and droolworthy chicken,liked the sesame sprinkles...

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  11. I am game for anything that looks like stir fried chicken any time of the day. With all those veggies this looks so good.

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  12. That's a nice n tempting cuisine!

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  13. This sounds like a great way to prepare chicken. I have used hoisin with various pork dishes, but never chicken. Can't wait to give this a try. Thanks...

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  14. What a splendid chicken dish you have just created! Excellent photography.

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  15. Looks very tempting & very tempting click!

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  16. Tempting and mouthwatering Hoisin Chicken...excellent click..

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  17. wow this chicken luks ery tempting, vl try surely...nice recipe...pis r just drooling me

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  18. Wow , that looks yummm, Thats the best thing about blogging i think , I got the idea from Food4tots and spiced it up and now you have taken it further and turned it into a whole new dish :).
    So going to try your idea now :)

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  19. Hoisin sauce is nice for cooking. I used them in bbq. Added your link in my peteformation blog. Cheers!

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  20. Wow!!! my tummy is rummbling...

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  21. Oh that is a great stir fry! I don't think there are any rule of using hoisin sauce :) well done!

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  22. Oh man!!that's too tempting and delicious mouth-watering and no-one can turn away from the click...

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  23. Interesting name 'n dish... should try to get the sauce.. nice presentation as usual...

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  24. Deliciou and Yum dish! Beautiful click!

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  25. What a lovely dish! This sure is a welcome during this gloomy weather :)

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  26. I love the flavor of hoisin sauce and this dish sounds just excellent!

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  27. The look says it all! am sure it would've tasted superb!!
    TC

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  28. I wish I could make my food look so pretty!

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  29. Delicious and tempting chicken....

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  30. Oh the weather, anyways just another day and we are into the snow blizz... Anyways to comfort that the veggie filled hoisin chicken mmm very interesting and love the sesame on top!!!

    http://memoryarchieved.blogspot.com

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  31. that's a delicious combination, sounds great;
    I usually use hoisin sauce only while grilling, this sounds new and interesting!!

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  32. oh ..splendido e delizioso
    stefania

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  33. Chicken looks delicious and mouthwatering... Yummy yummy....

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  34. I love hoisin sauce and am pretty sure I have never prepared it in any authentic way. But who cares so long as it tastes as delicious as this looks!

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  35. I love stir fries with Hoisin in it!! Your dish sings to me!!

    Marvellous food!

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  36. Looks so so yummy....perfect...

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  37. Hoisin chicken looks so delicious! Yes, it sure looks like the right thing for this torching winter.. stay warm! nice clicks too,

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