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Chicken with hoisin sauce

chicken, hoisin sauce

 
My daily schedule always goes haywire during my son’s school holidays. It’s no exception for this long year-end holiday. As expected, I hardly can find time to do my photo-shooting and blogging.  My time has been “robbed’ so to speak. Whenever my son spots me using the computer, he will “bug” me like a buzzling bee! No way of escaping from his “radar screen”! HELP! 

At the end of each day, I am totally drained and have to sleep early to get my “batteries” re-charged for yet another day of excitement to come! LOL! That’s why you don’t find me updating my blog as frequent as before ever since the holidays started. Please bear with me for the time being.  

Well, from another point of view, I do enjoy having quality time with him. I will cherish these precious moments when he grows up. Look at the photos! He insisted on performing a show for me playing his ukulele. He may not be able to sing well, but I got great laughs looking at his many funny expressions while capturing his impromptu acts.

 
ukelele, food for toddlers

 
Coming back to my recipe, I first came to know about hoisin sauce (sweet sauce) when trying out Peking duck dish. Although I like this sauce very much, I have never thought of using it in my cooking until I discovered the “Lee Kum Kee hoisin sauce” in the supermarket. Without much hesitation, I grabbed home a bottle. As I do not yet know how to cook duck, I paired chicken with this sauce instead. After several trial and errors, I came out with this recipe. And, it’s finger lick’g good! Although this recipe is done using “AMC” method, I have included a steaming option for you to try out too.
 

chicken, hoisin sauce, food for toddlers

 
If you are looking for a quick-fix meal during your busy weekends schedules, this is a highly recommended dish for your family. It goes well with either rice or dried noodle (干捞面). By serving with some blanched vegetables, it will give your family a wholesome, economical yet satisfying meal.  

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56 Comments

  1. Your son is really cute and adorable. You will be glad that you have spend a good time during his upbringing, cherish every moment with him :)
    Thanks for the recipe and cooking method. I don’t have AMC pot, so I will go for the steaming method.

  2. Alice says:

    Hey! I agreed with you, it is like a buzzing bee! But, we should cherish it for now as it will gone with time. He is so adorable so do the Mummy’s cooking! The chicken is so “smooth” and “Shinny”. He must be a lucky-boy for having you! Great recipe!

  3. anncoo says:

    Your son is so cute, really makes me smile.
    The chicken looks so tender. I definitely want to cook this at home :)

  4. ck lam says:

    Junior looks just as playful and cute as I last saw him. Lucky boy to have the mummy cooking for him!

  5. Little Inbox says:

    Or may be you should think of other way that this is the best time of the year? Hehe…
    Hoisin sauce, yea I should go get one bottle.

  6. Pei-Lin says:

    Your son is so adorable … I couldn’t stop smiling looking at him playing with his ukulele!! LOL!

    Yes, I do look for quick, quick ways to fix dishes … What to do living as an urban dweller … Thanks for sharing this! And no worries, your photography & styling are still as good!!

    Pei-Lin

  7. Ching says:

    Looks good, very smooth and delicious looking.

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  9. oh he is so cute i have hoisen in the cupboard this will be great

  10. mycookinghut says:

    yum yummm… the chicken looks succulent and glossy! I think chicken is one of my favourite meats! :) Love the shot!

  11. I like the shiny glaze on it! Looks soooo good. Your little one is soo cute!

  12. Cookie says:

    This was probably my FAVORITE dish growing up! I used to put Hoisin sauce on just about anything and loved it. Your chicken looks really juicy and yummy!

  13. peanutts says:

    Aww, your son so sweet :). Never cooked with hoisin sauce. I am always a little reluctant buying new sauces in case i dont like them and they end up hidden for ages at the back of the fridge or cupboard heheh. But the chicken looks delish so maybe next trip to tesco will grab a bottle of hoisin to try

    • food-4tots says:

      Peanutts: Tks for your compliments. I share the same view when it comes to new seasonings and ingredients. I made lots of wrong purchases too. There are many unused items in my fridge and cupboard now. LOL! ;)

  14. Selba says:

    Hehehehe… your little one is so adorable! He can play ukulele? whoaaa… good job, boy! :)

    Love this kind of dish… will give a try!

  15. Mrs Ergül says:

    This looks very tantalizing! The gravy glistens so much I thought that was the skin until I read “Remove skin from the chicken….”

  16. gertrude says:

    Your little boy is so cute especially his cute smile :) I never use hoisin sauce to cook chicken. Only used it in char siew. Great idea!

  17. He’s so cute with his ukulele! And, your chicken looks delicious.

  18. tigerfish says:

    The chicken reminds me of Ipoh Hor Fun, don’t know why! My friend’s 2-yr-old knows how to close the laptop screen when his mom is on the Net…hahaha…looks like these kids need 101% attention :p

  19. Amy says:

    Oh ya, I think the holiday school breaks are so tough when you have little kids. We spent the last week struggling to entertain Haley (and Trevor.) Today was a joyous occasion when her regular scheduled resumed, but I am dreading Christmas break, which is TWO weeks long. Give me strength!

    He sure is a cutie, though. Makes it a wee more tolerable, right?

    Hoisin sauce is an item I ALWAYS have stocked in my pantry. I actually just used it the other day. Mixed it with a little sesame oil and orange marmalade and slow cooked some pork in the dressing. Yum.

    • food-4tots says:

      Amy: I don’t celebrate Christmas but do enjoy the long holiday break as my hubby will be around to take care of my demanding son. What a great idea in using hoisin sauce! I must try it one day. ;)

  20. felicia says:

    hahahaha! your son is ADORABLE!
    he looked like he was really into the song :P
    btw the chicken you made looks so succulent!
    smooth and juicy. mm. tempting!
    i just had chicken rice yesterday,
    but it doesnt look as good as this!

  21. Joanne says:

    Your son is super adorable! A karaoke singer in the making (one of my favorite pastimes)!

    I love love love hoisin sauce. This looks like an excellent weeknight meal. I love your photos!

  22. Silky smooth chicken. You are a really good cook! I agree with you on sch hols being even busier.

  23. noobcook says:

    love hoisin sauce and your chicken looks moist and yummy =) Your son is adorable!

  24. tracieMoo says:

    How cute of him :) Some day you would be looking back at these pictures which brings you back memories. It’s good to cherish the moments. And I’m here to let you know that the drumsticks (it’s drumsticks right?!) they look so mouth watering. Like those must haves when I eat dinner in a chinese restaurant. I want to make this and impress my mum someday!! hee hee.. :)

    • food-4tots says:

      Tracie Moo: You’re right. These wonderful moments are really priceless to me. Yes, there are whole chicken leg (including the drumstick). I’m so flattered with your “rocking” compliments. Tks! ;)

  25. HA! Your son plays Ukulele!!
    The dish looks so gooooooooooooooooooooood! (Sorry that I had to use many “o” to express how I love this dish.)

  26. David Tong says:

    Hi LK!

    I saw this photo before :D

    Finally had the chance to browse your site properly (checking the food). Keep it up!

    Dave T.

  27. Mei Ling says:

    Hi, u have included cornflour solution under seasonings, and also mentioned in your recipe to thicken chicken sauce with cornflour solution when simmering the sauce. Do I add in the cornflour solution to the seasonings when I marinate the chicken?

    May I also know the reason for cutting the chicken after it is steamed?

    • food-4tots says:

      Mei Ling: The cornflour solution is used for thickening (step 6 of normal method) and not for marinating the chicken (step 2 of normal method). Sorry for the confusion. After steaming, you can either serve the whole chicken or cut it into pieces. But the latter will look more presentable and easier to consume with rice or noodles, just like those chicken sold for chicken rice. Hope I had answered your questions correctly. ;)

  28. karla says:

    Emma (was stirring) and I loved making this. Weloved it with rice. Emma wants to eat things on her own now a days and it is painful because she is not very good at it and I do go crazy. Thanks for fab recipes! we love everything so far!!

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