The weather is finally getting warm and I am in the mood for some really easy and simple chicken recipe that can be done in under 30 minutes from start to finish.
This hoisin & five spice broiled chicken is a really versatile recipe that you can cook in an oven broiler, or with a charcoal grill if you are in the mood for outdoor BBQ, and even pan frying!
One great easy sauce
The key to this delicious chicken lies in the sauce. But as you can see, this marvelous sauce doesn’t need complicated ingredients at all.
Just from the title, you know you will need some hoisin sauce and five spice powder.
The rest is easy, just some brown sugar (dark is better, but light is okay too), Shaoxing wine, pepper, sesame oil, and garlic.
We are going to use this sauce to baste during broiling (or grilling), and also to coat the chicken once they are out from the oven (or grill).
Suggested sauce pairing
These chicken can hold their own without any need of additional sauce. But if you love some spicy kick, feel free to dunk them in some sambal oelek (or sriracha) and even more hoisin sauce. A bit of thinly sliced scallions goes really great with these as well.
I have a very old fashioned Chinese recipe for you today, five spice braised peanuts. This is such an old fashioned snack that I remember only my older aunties used to make this and share with their younger sisters, my Mom being one of them. 🙂
I almost forgot all about this snack until my friend shared hers. I simply must try her recipe and replicate, since it is so good and extremely easy. So a big thanks Pearlyn. 🙂
Peanuts with Skin On
For this recipe, you want to hunt down dried raw peanuts with skin on. I usually buy this kind of peanuts in my Asian grocery since I like sticking to using Chinese ingredients for Chinese recipe. Interestingly the ones I usually buy comes in a 12 oz (340 gram) packet, hence the same amount in my recipe. 😀 If you have no access to Asian grocery, feel free to use the one stocked in your regular grocery stores.
Regular pot vs. Pressure Cooker
Since I want to make sure even newbies can replicate this recipe, I make sure to cook this in a saucepot. It takes 2 hours, but it is super easy and not much work needs to be done. You simply have to check occasionally to make sure there is still enough water in the pot, and add some hot water if needed. If you are a more advanced cook and have a pressure cooker, you can cut down the cooking time to only 45 minutes. Either way, this five spice braised peanuts should turn out delicious.
If you cook Chinese dishes regularly, chances are high that you have Chinese five spice powder stocked in your pantry. This Chinese five spice chocolate chips rolls is probably something most would not think to attempt, but once you give it a try, it seems such an obvious thing to do. It elevates the more ubuquitous cinnamon rolls that we all know and love into something that is slightly more exotic, plus you get to finish that bottle of Chinese five spice powder for once.
Chinese five spice powder
Cinnamon is one of the ingredients in Chinese five spice powder, along with star anise, cloves, Sichuan pepper, and fennel seeds. Once you take a bite into this bread, you immediately detect the familiar cinnamon aroma. The other four ingredients will of course be present, but I promise it won’t be that weird at all. So please give this a try 🙂 Of course, if you don’t already have some Chinese five spice powder at home, just use the same amount of cinnamon powder and make this into regular cinnamon rolls instead.
Chocolate chips > glazing
Most cinnamon rolls you see comes with the requisite white glazing on top. I don’t exactly hate it per say, but my hubby always complains that he doesn’t like it. Cinnamon rolls are generally okay even without those glazing, but here I use chocolate chips instead of glazing to provide the sugar rush. He loves this version much better since he loves all things chocolate. And I love it too since it means less work for me not having to make the glazing. Most importantly though, chocolate chips pair surprisingly well with the Chinese five spice powder.
Place dry spice powder (salt, sugar, cumin, coriander, chili, turmeric, and cinnamon) into a bowl. Add olive oil, garlic, and ginger, and stir into a homogenous spice mix.
Rub chicken breasts with the spice mix, and make sure to cover every surface of the meat evenly.
Place marinated chicken breasts in a bowl and cover it. Marinate the chicken in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of two hours.
Pan fry marinated chicken breasts
Remove marinated chicken breasts from the fridge and wait until they return to room temperature before cooking. Depending on the season and the temperature of your kitchen, this can take between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
When the chicken is ready, preheat a frying pan over medium-high heat. I usually use my cast-iron pan, but a good quality stainless steel frying pan or a non-stick pan will do nicely.
Once the pan is hot, add two tablespoons of olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add two pieces of chicken breasts to the hot pan, and cook for about 3 minutes on each side.
TIPS: Initially, the chicken breasts will stick to the pan. But once the surface is cooked and browned, the meat will self-release itself from the pan. So have patience and don’t try to move the chicken in its early stage.
Resting and cutting the pan-fried chicken breasts
After removing the pan-fried chicken breasts from the frying pan, set them aside for 10 minutes. It is best to loosely cover the chicken with a piece of aluminum foil to keep the chicken warm. The resting period is the key to a juicy and tender chicken, so please do not skip this.
After 10 minutes, the chicken breasts are ready to be cut and served.
I usually cut the chicken into thin slices of about 1/2 inch thick since that is the perfect size for serving with rice or pasta.
If you plan to use the chicken for salad, you can cut the chicken into even thinner slices or cut them into cubes.
You can even serve the pan-fried chicken breasts whole too as an easy entree with some roast potatoes or mashed potatoes and gravy with a side of light salad.
Other easy chicken breast recipes to try
Since everyone needs a good collection of chicken breast recipes, I am sure you will want to give these a try too:
For those who love Southeast Asian cuisine, why not give these recipes a try: