Chinese-Style Baked Chicken Thighs

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Chinese-Style Baked Chicken Thighs

Chinese-Style Baked Chicken Thighs. Four simple ingredients transform chicken thighs into this easy and delicious dish.

 Chinese-Style Baked Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thighs, or legs and thighs combined
  • 1 teaspoon 5-spice powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce, (I like Lee Kum Kee)
  • Toasted sesame seeds, (optional)
  • Thinly sliced green onion tops, (optional)

Method

Step 1

Heat oven to 400º F.

Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray or lightly oil.

Season the chicken thighs (with or without skin) with the 5-spice powder and salt and pepper. Brush with hoisin sauce and place in the oven.

Bake for 30 - 40 minutes, or until cooked through.

Sprinkle sesame seeds and sliced onion on top, if desired.

Step 2

**UPDATE** - One of the best parts of this recipe, as written, is the crunchy crisp delicious skin- it's almost candy-like. But since we have been trying to eat leaner more often I've been playing with this recipe a bit to make it cook better without the skin. If going skinless, lower the oven temperature to 375º and use a pan that has at least a 1-inch rim about it. This keeps the meat much moister while allowing the sauce to cook on to the meat. 

 

The story behind Chinese-Style Baked Chicken Thighs

A printer-friendly recipe card can be found at the bottom of this post

My husband is always telling people he goes to a great new restaurant every night.  That may be mostly true, but not every night.  Somedays I want something that is really quick and easy.  My Chinese-Style Baked Chicken Thighs recipe is one I go to on a regular basis.  Both kids and adults enjoy the sweet and savory notes that come from the combo of Chinese 5-Spice and Hoisin Sauce (also lovingly referred to as Chinese BBQ sauce). These are so simple to prepare and so good to eat.  A perfect easy weeknight dinner.

 

Chinese-Style Baked Chicken Thighs

 

Be sure to line your pan with foil otherwise you will probably choose to toss it rather than clean it.

The sauce is rather (understatement) sticky, so be sure to line your cookie sheet with foil, otherwise, you will probably opt to throw it out rather than taking the time to clean it.

I usually serve these Chinese-Style Baked Chicken Thighs with some steamed Jasmine rice and a quick veggie stir-fry.  Try it with my recipe for Snow Peas, Carrots, and Celery, it’s a perfect combination.

**UPDATE**One of the best parts of this recipe, as written, is the crunchy crisp delicious skin- it’s almost candy-like. But since we have been trying to eat leaner more often I’ve been playing with this recipe a bit to make it cook better without the skin. If going skinless, lower the oven temperature to 375º and use a pan that has at least a 1-inch rim about it. This keeps the meat much moister while allowing the sauce to cook on to the meat. 

 

Yield: 4 servings

Chinese-Style Baked Chicken Thighs

Chinese-Style Baked Chicken Thighs served

Chinese-Style Baked Chicken Thighs. Four simple ingredients transform chicken thighs into this easy and delicious dish.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs or legs and thighs combined
  • 1 teaspoon 5-spice powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce, (I like Lee Kum Kee)
  • Toasted sesame seeds, (optional)
  • Thinly sliced green onion tops, (optional)

Instructions

Step 1

Heat oven to 400º F.

Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray or lightly oil.

Season the chicken thighs (with or without skin) with the 5-spice powder and salt and pepper. Brush with hoisin sauce and place in the oven.

Bake for 30 - 40 minutes, or until cooked through.

Sprinkle sesame seeds and sliced onion on top, if desired.

Step 2

**UPDATE** - One of the best parts of this recipe, as written, is the crunchy crisp delicious skin- it's almost candy-like. But since we have been trying to eat leaner more often I've been playing with this recipe a bit to make it cook better without the skin. If going skinless, lower the oven temperature to 375º and use a pan that has at least a 1-inch rim about it. This keeps the meat much moister while allowing the sauce to cook on to the meat. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 902mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gProtein: 28g

Per piece. Nutritional values may not be 100% accurate


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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Linda Omura on March 28, 2013

    Looks great and easy to make. Can’t wait to try it!

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    • posted by LindySez on March 28, 2013

      So easy Linda, and so good. Enjoy it!

        Reply

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.
  • Calories
    235
  • Fat
    6g ; (2g Sat, 2g Mono, 2g Poly)
  • Protein
    28g
  • Carbohydrate
    14g
  • Dietary Fiber
    1g
  • Cholesterol
    116mg
  • Sodium
    902mg
  • Nutritional information is based on skinless chicken thighs

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