Deep-Fried Chicken With Spicy Hoisin Sauce

Chinese Spicy Sauce with Fried Chickens
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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Put away your Chinese takeout menu because this recipe is quick and easy to make. The sauce can be prepared and heated while you're deep-frying the chicken. For a slightly less spicy version, reduce the chile paste to 1 teaspoon.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lbs. chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • For the Marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons​ hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chile paste
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons​ cornstarch
  • 1​​ green onion (washed and diced)
  • For Deep-Frying:
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch (or as needed for dredging chicken)
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups oil (for deep-frying, or as needed)
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

How to Make It

1. Cut the chicken into small, approximately 1-inch cubes. Add the marinade ingredients and marinate the chicken for 20 minutes.

2. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the sauce. Combine all the sauce ingredients except for the green onions, whisking in the 2 tablespoons cornstarch.

3. Bring the sauce to boil on medium heat in a small saucepan. Turn the heat down to low and keep warm while you are deep-frying the chicken.

4. In a wok or deep-fryer, heat the oil to 365 degrees Fahrenheit. Have a small bowl with the cornstarch for dredging the chicken ready near the stove. When the oil is hot, dredge the marinated chicken pieces in the cornstarch and add them to the wok, taking care not to overcrowd the wok. Deep-fry until golden brown.

5. Remove the cooked chicken pieces from the wok and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remainder of the chicken.

6. Just before you are finished deep-frying, bring the sauce back up to a boil. Stir in the green onion. Place the chicken on a large platter and pour the sauce over. Garnish with sesame seeds if using. Serve with rice.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 372
Total Fat 17 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 87 mg
Sodium 697 mg
Carbohydrates 23 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 30 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)