I don’t know about you, but I adore a good Chinese Fakeaway. Since starting Slimming World long gone are the days of wanting a rather synful Chinese, when you can make dishes like this Half Syn Hoi Sin Chicken! Ready in the time that it would take for our local takeaway to deliver.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
You’ve probably looked at the ingredients, and thinking how the hell does that make Hoi Sin sauce. I was equally as surprised! We’ve been testing out some recipes, and trying new ingredients such as the miso paste.
This isn’t how you’d make a traditional Hoi Sin sauce, you’d usually add honey and sesame oil. Both of which are rather synful. This isn’t Hoi Sin sauce in the sense that you might be familiar. It’s not sticky and thick.
I think you’ll be surprised by how close it tastes to the Hoi Sin sauce you know and love. Yet at a fraction of the syns.
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What is the magic ingredient in this Half Syn Hoi Sin Chicken?
One of the ingredients to give this sauce depth and flavour is something called PB2. It’s a powdered, de-fattened peanut butter that you mix with water to form a paste. It tastes just like the real thing, and is far fewer in syns compared to regular peanut butter. It’s just 1 syn per level tablespoon.
PB2 is 100 % natural, with no added nasties and you can use it to make dishes such as our Chicken satay for just 1 syn per portion, as opposed to 5-10 syns. It makes a massive difference. You can get it via Amazon, and some supermarkets have started to sell PB-fit which is similar, albeit a little higher in syns.
The other ingredient to give this sauce the wow factor is Miso Paste. Made from soybeans, it’s just 1/2 a syn per teaspoon. & a little goes a long way! You can find it in the international foods aisle in any major supermarket except Morrisons. For some reason they don’t stock it. If you need to, you can also get it from Amazon.
Sukrin Gold doesn’t have that strange after taste that a lot of artificial sweeteners do! It also shares the exact same sweetness and weight to sugar – which makes it really easy to substitute in recipes like thisHalf Syn Hoi Sin Chicken.
If you are using a powdered sweetener, then please check how it compares to sugar. In some cases you’ll need to use less, as powdered sweeteners weigh less.
That being said you don’t have to use Sukrin – there are lots of other high quality granulated sweeteners available from the supermarket, such as Canderel Sugarly, and Natvia.
What about synning the sweetener?
As you will probably know Slimming World have brought out some new recommendations regarding the syn value of granulated sweeteners. Slimming World have confirmed what this change means.
Where there is 1 tbsp or more being used per serving they recommend members count 0.5 Syn per tbsp. If using smaller amounts, like a pinch or teaspoon, there’s no need to worry about Syns at all.
The recipe for this Half Syn Hoi Sin Chicken uses 1 tablespoon of sweetener and is divided into 4 portions. That’s a quarter of a tablespoon per portion, so there’s no need to add any syns on for the sweetener itself.
Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free! The Sunflower or Olive Oil flavours are ideal for this Half Syn Hoi Sin Chicken recipe.
What are you waiting for, dig out that wok and get cooking!!
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