Chicken With Hoisin Recipe


Chicken With Hoisin Recipe: This simple chicken dish is my go to whenever I need a quick, healthy and delicious meal in a hurry. I also tend to make it more frequently when I’m homesick because of all the memories it brings back with every bite. In fact, there is a time difference for me between being homesick and eating this dish; sometimes even if I’m home, I still get that longing for cold Chinese food. It’s just one of those things… maybe because you can have them anytime, anywhere.


Hoisin Chicken Stir Fry with broccoli, snow peas and bell peppers
top view of hoisin chicken with rice on a white plate
two chopsticks taking a piece of hoisin chicken


This Hoisin Chicken is some of the best Chinese fakeout takeout you will ever try.  It is healthy, packed with layers of flavor, and customizable veggies for a home run dinner every time!


I am so excited to bring you this Hoisin Chicken that all about the sauce.   I adapted it from my Asian BBQ Salmon Recipe which has been a favorite of mine since its inception.  I know most of us don’t eat salmon every day or even at all, but everyone should have the pleasure of tasting this hoisin ginger sauce, so I made an accessible Hoisin Chicken.  Now you can drown your face in its deliciousness on a weekly basis.

This Hoisin Chicken is marinated in a 3 ingredient marinade for as little or as long as you like (10 minutes up to 6 hours) to tenderize the chicken and infuse it with flavor through.  It i then lightly breaded in spiced breading then stir fried with veggies.  You can swap out the veggies for your favorites or whatever you have on hand.  Because remember it is all about the sauce.   

And your family will be all about this Hoisin Chicken!


So what is hoisin sauce anyway?  Hoisin sauce tastes like an earthy, sweet-tart, savory Asian Barbecue Sauce – and it is divine.

It is made with select spices, fermented soybeans, sweet potatoes, garlic, red chili peppers, susgar and vinegar.  It is excellent for elevating weeknight meals and also makes a fabulous marinade.


Hoisin sauce can be found in the Asian section of your local grocery stores.  Please purchase only quality hoisin sauce like Lee Kum Kee or Kikkoman because not all hoisin sauce is created equal  – and you can taste the difference!  If you think you don’t like hoisin sauce, you probably di not stick with a quality brand.


I highly suggest you keep hoisin sauce stocked in your refrigerator for recipes such as this Hoisin Chicken, Mongolian Beef, and Kung Pao Shrimp – I promise it will not go to waste!  Hoisin Sauce can be used in many different ways such as:

  1. Dipping Sauce:  Use hoisin alone or combine it with other ingredients to create a dipping sauce like my Spring Rolls with Pineapple Hoisin Sauce or Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Pineapple Hoisin peanut Sauce.
  2. Vegetables:  Add hoisin sauce to stir fried or roasted vegetables.
  3. Glazes:  Add hoisin to jams along with garlic and sriracha like in my Blackberry Hoisin Pork Tenderloin or Sheet Pan Blackberry Hoisin Chicken to create drool worthy flavor profile.
  4. Sauces:  Add hoisin to Asian Sauces to infuse it with a sweet, tangy earthiness like in my Mongolian Chicken, and Sesame Chicken.
  5. Dressings:  Add hoisin to dressings to add a salty sweet tart element.
  6. Hoisin Condiments:  Add hoisin to mayonnaise or ketchup like my Asian Burgers to create an Asian twist.
  7. Marinades:  Add hoisin to oil and soy sauce to create an instant marinade like in my Beef and Broccoli.
Hoisin Chicken Stir Fry in a large wok with a wooden spoon



To make this stir fry, first marinate your chicken in some soy sauce, rice vinegar and brown sugar.  This simple step infuses the chicken morsels themselves with tons of flavor instead of flavor just sitting on the outside of the chicken.  You can marinate your chicken for whatever amount of time you have – whether its just while prepping your stir fry veggies and sauce or for hours.

up close of simple Hoisin Chicken in a skillet with a serving spoon


Next, the breading.  I am always experimenting with the best, most streamlined way to bread Asian chicken and I love how easy this approach is!  I’ve eliminated the extra egg wash bag. Instead, after you marinate your hoisin chicken, you drain your freezer bag of excess marinade then add your egg directly to the bag and toss to coat. Next, add your chicken to a freezer bag with your chicken breading of flour, cornstarch and of course, salt, pepper, ginger, garlic, and cumin and toss to coat – that’s it!


When it comes to cooking your chicken, you can either use a little or a lot of vegetable oil.  A couple tablespoons will work just fine to cook the chicken – it just won’t be as crispy.  If you want crispier chicken, then heat about ¼ inch up the sides of your pan with oil and pan fry your chicken.  Either way, fast and delicious, just one crispier than the other.


Finally, the delectable hoisin sauce takes mere minutes to whip up by whisking together the dynamic rainbow of flavors of hoisin, ketchup, Asian chili sauce, soy sauce, cider vinegar, brown sugar, ginger and garlic that you add directly to your stir fry vegetables that have also taken you mere minutes to saute.

And there you have savory Hoisin Ginger Chicken Stir Fry with hints of sweet, hints of tangy and a whole lot of yum!


We like to serve Hoisin Chicken with white or brown rice but you can also serve it in lettuce wraps, with zoodles, or cauliflower rice.


  • 30 mins cooking time


4 servings


Chicken breasts, cut into 2cm pieces

2 Centimeter

Fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped


Garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tsp

Potato flour, sieved

Salt and black pepper



Carrots, sliced


Spring onions, sliced

2 tbsp

Soy sauce


Hoisin sauce

1 tsp



Roasted cashews

Fresh coriander leaves


Boiled jasmine riceShare shopping list


Put the chicken into a bowl and add the chopped ginger and garlic and mix together. Add the potato flour, season with salt and black pepper and mix it well with your hands to give the chicken a nice coating.


Melt the Lurpak® butter in a wok at a high temperature. Sear the coated chicken pieces till they are nice and golden. Add the carrots and spring onions and fry them for a few minutes. Add the soy sauce, hoisin sauce and sugar and let it simmer for a short while. Next add cashews and, should the glazing be too thick, a splash of water.


Season with salt and black pepper, and sprinkle with freshly chopped coriander leaves.


Serve immediately with some boiled jasmine rice.

Hoisin Chicken

  • 15MINS
  • 15MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 249KCAL

This Hoisin Chicken recipe is a slimming friendly version of the calorific Chinese takeaway dish, and is perfect if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

Also in these categories:

  • use GF Soy Sauce



  • CARBS16G
  • FAT2G


Hoisin Chicken - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

This Hoisin Chicken recipe is a slimming friendly version of the calorific Chinese takeaway dish, and is perfect if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

Not only is this recipe low on calories and Points, but it’s also ready in less than the time that our local takeaway takes to deliver.

Traditional Hoisin sauce is made with honey and sesame oil, but as these are high in calories we’ve come up with an alternative version instead. Because of this, the sauce isn’t as sticky and thick as you might expect, but we promise that the flavour is so fantastic that you won’t even notice!

What are you waiting for, dig out that wok and get cooking!

What diets is this Hoisin Chicken suitable for?

This Hoisin Chicken recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Soy sauce

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Hoisin Chicken recipe?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Hoisin Chicken?

What is the magic ingredient in this Hoisin Chicken?

One of the ingredients to give this sauce depth and flavour is something called PB2. It’s a powdered, de-fattened peanut butter that you mix with water to form a paste. It tastes just like the real thing, and is much lower in calories when compared to regular peanut butter.

PB2 is 100% natural, with no added nasties and you can also use it to make dishes such as our Chicken Satay – it makes a massive difference.

The other ingredient to give this sauce the wow factor is miso paste which is made from soybeans. A little goes a long way! You can find it in the international foods aisle in any major supermarket except Morrisons – for some reason they don’t stock it.

We use a granulated sweetener with the same weight and sweetness as sugar.

There are lots of high quality, granulated sweeteners available from the supermarket, such as Canderel Sugarly, and Natvia.

If you are using a powdered sweetener, then please check how it compares to sugar. In some cases you’ll need to use less, as powdered sweeteners weigh less.

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How many calories are in this Hoisin Chicken?

There are 249 calories per portion in this Hoisin Chicken, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Hoisin Chicken is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

For the Hoisin Sauce

Step 1

Combine all of the Hoisin sauce ingredients in a jug and set aside.

Step 1

Step 2

Spray a wok with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium to high heat. Add the onions and mushrooms and stir fry for 4-5 minutes until the onions begin to colour.

Step 2

Step 3

Add in the chicken and drizzle a 1/4 of the sauce into the pan. Make sure all the chicken is coated and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes’ until the chicken is coloured.

Step 3

Step 4

Add the rest of the sauce, carrots, broccoli, and red pepper. Turn down the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes until the carrots soften and the chicken is cooked through with no pink remaining.

Step 4

Step 5

Before serving stir through the spring onion and enjoy!

Step 5
Hoisin Chicken - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

What could I serve with this Hoisin Chicken?

We think that this Hoisin Chicken works really well with rice or as part of a meal with the following starter, accompaniment and drink:

Chicken Satay Skewers


  • 32M
  • 38KCAL

Chicken Satay Skewers

Salt and Pepper Chips

  • 30M
  • 288KCAL

Salt and Pepper Chips

Elderflower Gin Fizz


  • 5M
  • 84KCAL

Elderflower Gin Fizz

How do you know when this Hoisin Chicken is cooked?

Cook this Hoisin Chicken for around 15 minutes or until the carrots have softened and the chicken is cooked.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep this Hoisin Chicken in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Hoisin Chicken in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Hoisin Chicken?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat this Hoisin Chicken?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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