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Hoisin sauce along with pureed tart raspberries makes a wonderful Chinese-inspired marinade and dipping sauce for grilled chicken. Plan ahead: The chicken thighs benefit from marinating for at least 2 hours before grilling.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2007


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2 hrs 45 mins


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  • Combine raspberries, hoisin sauce, 3 tablespoons rice vinegar, garlic, orange zest, ginger, pepper and crushed red pepper in a blender or food processor. Blend or process until smooth, about 1 minute. Set aside 1/4 cup for a dipping sauce.

  • Transfer the remaining marinade to a medium bowl and add chicken; stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.

  • Combine water and rice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until most of the liquid has been absorbed, 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, until ready to serve.

  • Preheat grill to medium-high or preheat the broiler to high.

  • Meanwhile, remove the chicken from the marinade, scrape off excess (discard marinade), and thread onto 4 skewers, distributing equally.

  • Grill the chicken until browned and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. If using the broiler, place the chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray and broil 4 inches from the heat source until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.

  • Just before serving, sprinkle the rice with the remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1/4 cup scallions; fluff with a fork. Sprinkle the chicken and rice with the remaining scallions. Serve with the reserved dipping sauce.


Make Ahead Tip: Marinate for up to 24 hours before grilling.

Equipment: 4 skewers

Ingredient Note: Hoisin sauce is a thick, dark brown, spicy-sweet sauce made from soybeans and a complex mix of spices. Look for it in the Asian section of your supermarket.

Nutrition Facts

358 calories; protein 23.8g; carbohydrates 45.6g; dietary fiber 4.1g; sugars 4.5g; fat 8.3g; saturated fat 2.2g; cholesterol 104.5mg; vitamin a iu 104.1IU; vitamin c 4.2mg; folate 20.4mcg; calcium 40.5mg; iron 2.1mg; magnesium 97.6mg; potassium 393mg; sodium 322.9mg; thiamin 0.3mg; added sugar 4g.

2 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 3 lean meat