Hoisin Chicken and Coconut Rice

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This is for sure a winner, so try this Hoisin Chicken and Coconut Rice


  1. 800 gr chicken thighs
  2. 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  3. 1/3 cup soy sauce
  4. 1 tbsp sesame oil
  5. 1/3 cup honey
  6. 2 cm piece of ginger grated
  7. 3 cloves garlic grated
  8. 1 tsp 5 spice powder
  9. ¼ tsp Chinese salt (sea salt fine)
  10. ¼ tsp white pepper
  11. 1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or mirin (optional)


Marinade the chicken in the above for up to 24 hours – 1 hour also fine)


Raw pieces of chicken in a white plate

Raw pieces of chicken
Credit Photo by JÉSHOOTS


  1. 2 cups white rice, rinsed until water runs clear
  2. 400 ml of coconut milk
  3. 50ml chicken stock
  4. 1 cup frozen peas
  5. ½ cup cilantro (dhania) leaves

Spring onions and extra hoisin for serving


Coconut with fresh coconut milk spilling out

Coconut Milk: Credit Photo by LisaRedfern

Method for Hoisin Chicken and Coconut Rice

  • Cut the chicken thighs and place it in a ziplock bag.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and seal the bag, squishing to coat the chicken with the sauce and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  • Take it out and then let it sit and bring it to room temperature.
  • In the interim, preheat oven to 200 ˚C.
  • Rinse rice until the water runs clear and drain.
  • Use a baking tray and add the rice, then the coconut milk and stock – mix – add frozen peas and mix again to distribute evenly.
  • Place the marinated chicken on top of the rice.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Remove from the oven but keep covered with the foil for at least 10 minutes before removing the foil and garnishing with spring onion and cilantro leaves.


Prepared, tried and tested Melanie Kramar

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