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Barbecued Raspberry-Hoisin Chicken

Barbecued Raspberry-Hoisin Chicken
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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.

Prep: 45 minutes | Total Time: 2 3/4 hours
  • 1 cup
    fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 3/4 cup
    hoisin sauce, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 5 tablespoons
    rice vinegar, divided
  • 1 clove
  • 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
  • 1 cup
    long- or medium-grain brown rice
  • 1/3 cup
    thinly sliced scallion greens, divided
  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.
  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.
  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.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high or preheat the broiler to high.
  5. Meanwhile, remove the chicken from the marinade, scrape off excess (discard marinade), and thread onto 4 skewers, distributing equally.
  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.
  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.


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.
Nutritional Information

Makes: 4 servings
  • Calories398
  • Fat11 g
    • Saturated fat3 g
  • Cholesterol86 g
  • Carbohydrates44 g
    • Dietary fiber4 g
  • Protein28 g
  • Sodium313 g
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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