Monday, June 13, 2011

Hoisin Sesame Chicken

Norene's Healthy Kitchen is not hot off the press but a new cookbook for me. Norene is not only a great cookbook author but also a very generous and fun lady. She always has the time to listen to and answer a question and freely shares tips and her thoughts about cooking. They say that if you find one or two recipes in a cookbook that you love you're doing well. This cookbook I can tell you is going to be one of those splattered and well used books packed with so many recipes that I absolutely "need" to try.

What's key in Norene's Healthy Kitchen is that the notes and tips are so important in living a healthy diet. Norene does such a good job of educating about nutritional labels, smart choices at the grocery store and how to know when it's "enough" to name just a few.

I generally don't find books without an abundance of pictures or tutorials really intriguing but this is one of those cookbooks that's not only packed with over 600 recipes, it's just a good read.

This is lucky recipe #1 - why? The publishers only allow for the printing of 3 recipes. You'll have to buy the book - no... seriously, you really have to buy the book - it's worth the investment.

4 boneless, skinless single chicken breasts
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp. apricot preserves or orange marmalade (reduced-sugar or all fruit_
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp lemon or lime juice (preferably fresh)
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds

1. Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray. Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Trim the excess fat. Place the chicken on the prepared baking sheet and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
2. In a small bowl, combine the hoisin sauce, apricot preserves, garlic and juice; mix well. Brush the sauce evenly over the chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and let marinate for 30 minutes or refrigerate, covered, for as long as 2 days.

3. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Bake, uncovered for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the juices run clear when pierced with a fork.

Easy and delicious recipe and ONLY 203 calories per serving. StumbleUpon


bellini said...

I can see what you were talking about with this being healthy and delicious Giz!!!!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Sounds like a flavoursome and healthy meal - which is exactly what I look for when I need a dinner recipe. Thanks for sharing!

That Girl said...

My magic number with cookbook recipes is 3. 3 good, you're in. 3 bad, you're out.

kat said...

Sounds like a really good sauce, I might try it with my fig jam

Mrs. L said...

Sounds simple enough, and I have a big jar of hoisin sauce I'm looking to get through!