Monday, May 20, 2013

Hoisin Glazed Chicken with Orange Rice

So this is going to be a 2 part recipe. The chicken and the rice. Can be eaten together, or use separately. Either way, they are both delish and easy. Sometimes as a student, I end up cooking and eating just one thing. For example - the other day I made mashed potatoes, and just ate those. HA. So complete. Therefore, I am attempting to make sure I eat more whole and complete meals *please note I did have a veggie on the side, it just didn't fit on the plate!

Have you tried hoisin sauce before? It is a Chinese dipping sauce - or - how I usually explain it to people is that it is like a Chinese bbq sauce! It is extremely flavourful and taste amazing with chicken - so why not? And ORANGE RICE? Wha??? It was SO good. But I need to make an important note about this - PLEASE DO NOT USE CHEAP CONCENTRATED FAKE ORANGE JUICE - it will actually taste like chemicals - honestly I have tried this - so please, please don't. Please for me? Kay thanks.

Hoisin Glazed Chicken with Orange Rice
Time: 1 hr (marinate), 25 mins pre/cook   CPS: $3.25                 L of D: Graduate

- 6 chicken drumsticks (or thighs, or 2 breasts)
- 1/4 cup of Hoisin Sauce
- 2 tbsp of Soy Sauce
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1 tbsp of chopped/grated ginger
- 2 tbsp of sesame oil

Rice (feel free to choose a different type of rice)
- 1 cup of Basmati Rice
- 1 1/2 cup of Orange Juice

Garnish (optional)
- extra Hoisin Sauce
- 2 Green Onions
- 1 tbsp of sesame seeds

Mix together in a large bowl the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Add in chicken and toss to coat. Put plastic wrap over top and place in fridge to marinate for at least 1 hr.

Depending on your rice, you may want to start now. I had to rinse my rice, so I did that first. READ THE DIRECTIONS ACCORDING TO YOUR PACKAGE. So really what you are doing here is just replacing the water with orange juice.

Once you are ready for your chicken. You can bbq, bake, or fry. I chose to bbq - over medium high heat, place chicken on grill for approx. 5 mins per side. The hoisin sauce has a lot of sugar in it so it will look "burnt" but it is not, it is CHARRED. Feel free to bake it at 400 degrees for approx. 20 mins instead. Whatever method you choose, have a side of hoisin sauce on hand and continuously brush on throughout the cooking process (every couple mins on the barbie, or every 5 mins in the oven).

Assemble - rice, chicken, sesame seeds and green onions. EAT. Enjoy.

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