Hoisin-Glazed Roast Chicken

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 50 min
  • Yield: 6-8
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1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine

2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons peanut oil

1 star anise pod, broken into points

1/2 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns, crushed with a knife

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (stems and leaves)

3 scallions, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

2 quartered chickens (3 to 3 1/2 pounds each)


  1. Heat the peanut oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the star anise and peppercorns; cook, stirring, until toasted, about 10 seconds. Add the cilantro, scallions and garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the soy sauce mixture and simmer over medium heat until slightly reduced, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool, then add the chicken and toss. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours.
  2. Transfer the chicken to a rack set in a roasting pan (reserve the marinade). Refrigerate the chicken, uncovered, about 3 hours to dry out the skin.
  3. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat to 400 degrees F. Pour 1/4 inch of water and the reserved marinade into the roasting pan. Roast the chicken 20 minutes. Baste with the pan juices, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue roasting until the skin is glazed and a thermometer inserted into a breast registers 160 degrees F, 20 to 25 more minutes. Transfer the chicken (on the rack) to a board. Pour the pan juices into a skillet; simmer over medium-high heat until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Drizzle over the chicken.
  4. Whisk the soy sauce, rice wine, hoisin sauce and honey in a bowl; set aside.