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Chicken with hoisin sauce



Source: My own concortion PA262921-copy2

3 chicken whole legs

3 tbsp hoisin sauce (Lee Kum Kee)
1 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp light soy sauce
Dash of sesame oil and pepper
Cornflour solution for thickening (dilute cornflour with water)



(A) Normal method (Steaming):

  1. Remove skin from the chicken, trim excess fat and rinse. Pat dry with kitchen towel.
  2. Place chicken in a mixing bowl and add in seasonings. Mix well until the chicken is coated thoroughly. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and keep in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Steam chicken at high heat for 20 minutes or until cooked and tender.
  4. Remove from the steamer and leave the chicken to cool down before cutting it into pieces.
  5. Arrange the chicken chunks onto a serving platter.
  6. Pour the chicken sauce (the liquid on the steaming tray) into a wok and bring it to a boil. Simmer for a while and then thicken with cornflour solution. Pour over the chicken chunks and serve immediately.

(B) AMC methods:

  1. Follow step 1 and 2 from normal method.
  2. Arrange the chicken neatly in a AMC cooking pot/ wok. Cover with lid.
  3. Heat up the pot/ wok. Under medium low heat, cook the chicken (with lid) until the timer pointer reaches 3 o’clock direction.
  4. Switch off the heat. Wait till the timer pointer returns to 12 o’clock direction before opening the lid.
  5. Remove chicken from the AMC cooking pot/ wok and leave it to cool down before cutting it into bite-sized pieces.
  6. Follow step 5 from normal method.
  7. Heat up the chicken sauce (the liquid during the cooking) in the AMC cooking pot/ wok and bring it to a boil. Simmer for a while and then thicken with cornflour solution. Pour over the chicken chunks and serve immediately.


  1. You can leave the skins intact if you don’t mind the extra calories.
  2. Use a fork to pierce a few holes onto the chicken so that the seasonings can penetrate the chicken thoroughly. But it is is optional.
  3. Leave the leftover sauce aside and only cook it just before serving. If the sauce is quite thick, then there is no need to thicken it anymore.
  4. Remember to cool down the chicken before cutting it into bite-sized pieces.
  5. To make the sauce more flavourful, sauté some chopped onion and then add in the sauce for cooking. For AMC method, sauté the chopped onion in step 2 and cook together with the chicken.
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  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!!


  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!

    • food-4tots says:

      Getrude: Yeah, he will only show his best “smile” when he is in a good mood. If you like hoisin sauce, this recipe is finger-lick’g good! Must try! 😉

  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 😛
    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 😀

    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!!

  29. apple ng says:

    Hi, do you steam the chicken with the marinate sauce?

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