Sticky hoisin sauce chicken

  • 3 to 4 chicken leg quarters
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 slices fresh ginger (¼-inch thick and smashed with the side of your knife)
  • 3 cloves garlic (thinly sliced)
  • 3 green onions chopped (white and green portions separated)
  • ¼ cup Asian cooking wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock 
  • 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • ¼ tsp CWG onion black pepper blend
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
Rinse the chicken and trim off any excess fat. Leave chicken whole or you can cut them into drumsticks and thighs for easier handling in the wok if desired. Heat oil in your wok or a large frying pan over medium high heat, spreading the oil around to coat. Place the chicken skin-side-down in the pan carefully, and sear for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Next, flip the chicken and add the smashed ginger slices to the bottom of the pan. Let both sides of the ginger slices cook and caramelize in the oil for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the garlic slices and white portions of the scallions. Let fry in the oil for a minute. Use a metal spatula to ensure the chicken is not stuck to the wok, but be gentle so as to not break up the chicken skin. Add cooking wine to deglaze the pan, and let cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, CWg onion black pepper, and sesame oil. Stir until well combined and bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to a slow simmer. Cover and let cook for 15 minutes. Use tongs to turn the chicken quarters and let cook for another 15 minutes. There should be quite a bit of sauce in the pan, but if things are looking dry, add a bit more chicken stock. Uncover the chicken and add the green portions of the scallions. Cook uncovered to reduce the liquid until it just begins to coat a spoon. Use a meat thermometer to check to make sure the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees F. At this point, you can be the judge of how thick or thin you want your sauce to be, but the chicken should be done. Turn the heat up to reduce the sauce if you like yours on the thicker side. Serve over a bed of white rice with your favorite veggies. 

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