I’m a big believer in mixing together a small number of well-prepared condiments to create a new dish. This notion is especially useful in Asian cooking, as there are so many great Asian items on the market that contain a wide array of ingredients, so the fact that you are only adding a bit of hoisin to the marinade actually means that you are adding a paste made with soybeans, chilies, salt, garlic, sugar and vinegar. That definitely beats measuring out and adding all of those components one at a time.
This marinade would be great with pork chops as well. Hoisin sauce contains some sugar so it can burn easily; keep a close eye on the chicken as it cooks, and make sure the baking sheet isn’t too close to the heat source. These can also be grilled, but again, make sure the flame isn’t too high.
- ¼ cup hoisin sauce
- ¼ cup minced onion
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- In a large container or zipper top bag combine the hoisin sauce, onions, water, soy sauce, and ginger. Add the chicken and marinate for 4 to 12 hours, in the refrigerator.
- Preheat the broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray it with nonstick spray. Broil the chicken for about 5 minutes on each side, until nicely browned and cooked though. Slice and serve hot with rice.
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Hoisin sauce can bring amazing flavors to so many different dishes, even seafood. Be sure to try this Orange Hoisin Shrimp recipe.
If you're unfamiliar with Asian ingredients but want to start cooking with them, check out my list of Asian Ingredients for the Pantry. You'll be amazed at the amount of flavor you can add to your dishes! Then, check out More Asian Ingredients to Explore and Asian Noodles. Trying a new cuisine can be intimidating, but starting with basic ingredients and learning how to use them is a great way to start recreating your favorite dishes or trying something completely new.
Chicken is so incredibly versatile that I can't imagine ever running out of ways to make it. Whether it's fresh or frozen, chicken can be a tasty and easy-to-prepare dinner. Check out these recipes for Grilled Lemony Chicken and Baby Artichokes, Lemon and Scallion Chicken Stir Fry, Crispy Chicken Strips with Apricot Mustard Dipping Sauce, Orange, Chili and Thyme Grilled Chicken, Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fresh Basil, Slow Cooked Oven Baked BBQ Chicken, and Chicken and Rice with Chorizo.