Super Fast Chinese Roasted Chicken

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Delicious roasted chicken

Delicious roasted chicken

Cooking Chinese food can be quite an adventure and a challenge but it can be made simple. As much as I love to cook, I’m not willing to spend hours on end in the kitchen. I’m always thinking hard how to cheat and create short cuts in cooking without losing its taste. I love fast cooking, anything below 30 minutes.

Another famous Chinese restaurant dish is roasted chicken. Usually what you get is Chinese roasted pork or roasted duck. But we love chicken so I always use chicken. I made this dish yesterday for dinner together with a plate of stir-fried mixed vegetables to go with plain rice. It requires very little preparation. I had the wonderful dinner ready in less than 30 minutes. To me, that’s very fast.

Chicken thigh (deboned)
1 bottle of char siu sauce

You can actually buy ready deboned chicken thighs. But don’t remove the skin. That’s the best part. I bought free range corn fed chicken thighs as I find the meat is tastier. I debone it myself and kept the bones to make soup. After some practice and with a very sharp knife, you can debone it very fast yourself.

I used about 1-2kg of chicken meat and I poured in more than half the bottle of the sauce. I used Lee Kum Kee Char Siu sauce. There are other brands too. Let the chicken marinate for more than 2 hours, best overnight. Then bake in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 25-30 minutes.

marinating chicken with char siu sauce

chicken marinated with char siu sauce

This is a very delicious roasted chicken that goes great with just plain rice. I cooked a big plate of mixed vegetables to go with it. What a fantastic dinner we all had! Everyone enjoyed the meal absolutely.

stir fried mixed vegetables

stir fried mixed vegetables

Do you often cook dinner at home or do you usually eat out? What is your favourite Chinese food? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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Margaux2004  on August 4th, 2009

It looks delicious´╝üI have not see the char siu sauce at a supermarket. I will look for the char siu sauce in Chinatown of Yokohama.

tzakiel  on September 11th, 2009

Thanks for this… I once had “char siu pork” and it was fantastic… but I didnt know the sauce was this simple to get and use.

Mary  on September 12th, 2009

Margaux and tzakiel, thanks very much for your comments. I have just found it recently myself…just how simple and easy it is to use this bottled char siu sauce. It really makes my life easier to cook this lovely dish!

angela@spinachtiger  on October 10th, 2009

Never heard of the sauce but I will look for it and can’t wait to try. I like good fast meals.

Mary  on October 10th, 2009

@Angela - I do hope you can find the sauce soon. I believe you can get it at any oriental supermarket. That particular brand is my best.

tzakiel  on October 12th, 2009

Lotte has the sauce and I made this the other night. It is very tasty and doesn’t get easier than this… marinate and then bake. Recommended! I agree a light stir-fry vegetable and plain rice is a good side because the chicken picks up a strong flavor from the marinade.

tzakiel  on October 12th, 2009

By the way, my sauce looked a lot more “red” color on the chicken than yours does in the photo. Same brand.

Mary  on October 12th, 2009

@tzakiel - Thanks for sharing. This chicken is very versatile and goes well even as a sandwich or to top noodles. But I really love it with plain rice. I’m not too sure why yours looked more red than my picture here. I did not edit the photo. Could it be you marinade it longer or bake longer? I think it’s already a good nice colour.

tzakiel  on October 12th, 2009

The sauce itself was deep red in color, not orange or tan as yours looks.

Mary  on October 12th, 2009

@tzakiel - Checking with you….is it the same brand? I know some char siu sauce is darker because more dark soya sauce is added. Besides, red colour is often added too to give the red colour which I don’t prefer. So far, Lee Kum Kee is the best brand that I can find for this sauce.

jkgourmet  on October 17th, 2009

Looks wonderful - can you use this char siu sauce on pork, too? Or maybe you have a recipe for the BBQ red pork that hangs in the windows? We can get it here in Phoenix, but I’d love to learn how to make it!

Mary  on October 18th, 2009

@jkgourmet - thanks for your comment. Yes, you can use this char siu sauce on pork. This sauce is really good. The red colour of BBQ pork sold in shops is usually from colouring. So the best is to make ourselves. Preservatives and additives are very bad for our health so I try to cut down as much as possible. One of the best ways is to cook ourselves at home.

tzakiel  on March 3rd, 2010

Yes, sorry it took so long to get back to you. It was Lee Kum Kee Char Siu sauce.. and the next bottle I bought was also dark red in color. Maybe it’s just a trick of the photography (light) in your photo that makes it look lighter.

Jenny  on November 25th, 2010

tried out your recipe over the weekend and i love the outcome. simple and fast and without the hassle of preparing. looking forward to try out more of your recipes. thanks for sharing.

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