Elevate plain chicken breasts to the next level with this Asian-inspired pan sauce.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 1998


Recipe Summary

30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear until well browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate and tent with foil.

  • Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add scallion whites, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add broth, vinegar, hoisin sauce and sugar. Bring to a simmer. Cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.

  • Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan; reduce heat to low. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a warmed platter. Season sauce with soy sauce to taste and spoon over the chicken. Garnish with scallion greens.


People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

193 calories; protein 24.4g; carbohydrates 12.9g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 7.6g; fat 4.8g; saturated fat 1.1g; cholesterol 62.9mg; vitamin a iu 203.9IU; vitamin c 4.4mg; folate 18.4mcg; calcium 33.1mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 31.1mg; potassium 316.1mg; sodium 604.2mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 4g.

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Rating: 5 stars
I really liked this sauce but I turned it into a one dish meal that I cooked in my Instant Pot. I also added some vegtables. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
A good intro to chinese cooking for those unfamiliar because I did add two star anise clusters being the a spice hound that I am Which was a nice after taste. Cut back on the vinegar adding a splash at a time untill you hit the right amount to suite your taste. Overall a nice dish for those not familiar with Chinese style cooking Pros: it's fast easy Cons: too much vinegar Read More