SPICY HOISINI CHICKEN
The cold weather has set in, in this part of the globe,needless to say the stomach growls are becoming a daily phenomenon in the evenings .Sitting in the martial arts class, my kid was attending, all I could focus was on the aromas that emanated from the Chinese restaurant beside it. After exchanging polite smiles for a while, the mom beside me got up with such determination and said, “That is it, I can’t pretend any longer, I need to go & place an order for Peking duck,next door”….I nodded in agreement with an all knowing smile, I have been battling with it myself, for more than half an hour now.She returned with a triumphant look & spoke to me about the Hoisin sauce and its many uses in the dish.Since, I could not frequent Chinese restaurants,owing to my allergy to eggs, I made a mental note to hunt down that sauce, whatever it meant & use it in one of my dishes.So here I was hoisin sauce & all, creating a spicy dish ( off course , it has to have that Indian touch of the deep rooted spiciness! ) with hoisin sauce & chicken,to warm a cold Fall day.It’s a fairly easy dish, does not require much time, but makes a filling meal or a side dish.
“Hoisin sauce, also called Chinese barbecue sauce is a fragrant, pungent sauce used frequently in Asian stir-fries and marinades and Asian-style grilled dishes. Made from a combination of fermented soy, garlic, vinegar, and usually chili and sweetener, hoisin is dark in color and thick in consistency. It has a very strong salty and slightly sweet flavor” .It is most commonly used in authentic Asian cooking, is what I learnt, though this was my first time using the sauce.So those of you out there, willing to be a little adventurous in your cooking, I dare you to try this, you will not regret it. Xiǎngshòu nǐ de shiwu/Enjoy your food .
Chicken thighs- 6-8 pieces
Sesame oil- 2-3 tsp
Red Onion- 1 (cut lengthwise)
Bell Peppers- a handful ( cut lengthwise in colors of your choice)
Ginger- 3″ (Julienned)
Garlic- 3- 4 cloves (thinly sliced)
Black Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Dry hot Pepper flakes- 1 tsp
Soy sauce- 1 tbsp
Asian fish sauce or Rice vinegar – 1 tbsp
Hoisin sauce- 1/2 cup
Salt- to taste
1.Marinate the cut & clean chicken with salt, black pepper powder, dry pepper flakes and hoisin sauce for half an hour in the refrigerator in a ziploc bag.
2.Heat sesame oil in a wok, add the finely sliced onions to it & sauté .
3.Now to this add the julienned ginger & garlic cloves & stir it for a few minutes till the raw smell disappears.
4.Now pour in the marinated chicken mix into the wok & stir it well.To this add the soy sauce & fish sauce/rice vinegar & keep covered for a minute or two with the lid.
5.This helps cook the chicken well, now add the thinly sliced bell peppers on the top, stir it well.Remove from heat & serve.
6.This dish can be eaten with rice or as a side dish for flat breads & is a sure winner with your tastebuds.Enjoy.