Roast Chinese Chicken

On Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

  • Cooking time: More than 1 hour
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Serves: 4
  • Type: Easy

Ingredients

  • no.16 chicken, trimmed, washed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • sliced orange, sliced green onion,
  • to serve

MARINADE

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine
  • or dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 orange, quartered

Preparation method

  1. Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C. Place a greased rack over a foil-lined baking pan.
  2. MARINADE: In a small bowl, combine sauces, wine, spice and garlic. Squeeze juice from orange into mixture, reserving skin and flesh.
  3. Pat chicken skin dry with paper towel. Stuff cavity with reserved orange quarters and cinnamon stick. Tie legs together with kitchen string. Place chicken, breast side up, on wire rack. Brush all over with half marinade mixture.
  4. Bake chicken for 1¼ hours, brushing occasionally with remaining marinade, until juices run clear when tested with a skewer. Cover chicken loosely with foil halfway through cooking to prevent skin from burning.
  5. Remove chicken from oven. Set aside, covered, to rest for 10 minutes. Cut Chinese-style (see tip). Serve with sliced oranges
    and sliced green onion.

TOP TIP

  • To cut the chicken Chinese-style, first cut it into quarters. Using
    a cleaver, remove wings and legs, then chop breasts and thighs into 1cm slices.
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