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    Barbecued Raspberry-Hoisin Chicken

    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.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
    • 3/4 cup hoisin sauce, (see Ingredient Note)
    • 5 tablespoons rice vinegar, divided
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 strip (2-by-1/2-inch) orange zest
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • Pinch of crushed red pepper
    • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed, each cut into 3 crosswise strips
    • 2 1/2 cups water
    • 1 cup long- or medium-grain brown rice
    • 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallion greens, divided

    Instructions

    Step 1
    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.
    Step 2
    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.
    Step 3
    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.
    Step 4
    Preheat grill to medium-high or preheat the broiler to high.
    Step 5
    Meanwhile, remove the chicken from the marinade, scrape off excess (discard marinade), and thread onto 4 skewers, distributing equally.
    Step 6
    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.
    Step 7
    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.

    Tips

    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.

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