Hoisin Chicken

  • 15MINS
  • 15MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 249KCAL

This Hoisin Chicken recipe is a slimming friendly version of the calorific Chinese takeaway dish, and is perfect if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories249
  • Carbs16g
  • Protein25g
  • Fat2g
  • Saturates0.3g
  • Sugars5g

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This Hoisin Chicken recipe is a slimming friendly version of the calorific Chinese takeaway dish, and is perfect if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

Not only is this recipe low on calories and Points, but it’s also ready in less than the time that our local takeaway takes to deliver.

Traditional Hoisin sauce is made with honey and sesame oil, but as these are high in calories we’ve come up with an alternative version instead. Because of this, the sauce isn’t as sticky and thick as you might expect, but we promise that the flavour is so fantastic that you won’t even notice!

What are you waiting for, dig out that wok and get cooking!

What diets is this Hoisin Chicken suitable for?

This Hoisin Chicken recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Soy sauce

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Hoisin Chicken recipe?

  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Hoisin Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Hoisin Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Hoisin Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Hoisin Chicken?

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What is the magic ingredient in this Hoisin 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 much lower in calories when compared to regular peanut butter.

PB2 is 100% natural, with no added nasties and you can also use it to make dishes such as our Chicken Satay – it makes a massive difference.

The other ingredient to give this sauce the wow factor is miso paste which is made from soybeans. 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.

We use a granulated sweetener with the same weight and sweetness as sugar.

There are lots of high quality, granulated sweeteners available from the supermarket, such as Canderel Sugarly, and Natvia.

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.

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You can get PB2 via Amazon, and some supermarkets have started to sell PB-fit which is similar.

You can also get Miso Paste from Amazon.

You can also pick up Natvia from Amazon.

How many calories are in this Hoisin Chicken?

There are 249 calories per portion in this Hoisin Chicken, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Hoisin Chicken is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

For the Hoisin Sauce

Step 1

Combine all of the Hoisin sauce ingredients in a jug and set aside.

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Step 2

Spray a wok with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium to high heat. Add the onions and mushrooms and stir fry for 4-5 minutes until the onions begin to colour.

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Step 3

Add in the chicken and drizzle a 1/4 of the sauce into the pan. Make sure all the chicken is coated and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes’ until the chicken is coloured.

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Step 4

Add the rest of the sauce, carrots, broccoli, and red pepper. Turn down the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes until the carrots soften and the chicken is cooked through with no pink remaining.

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Step 5

Before serving stir through the spring onion and enjoy!

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What could I serve with this Hoisin Chicken?

We think that this Hoisin Chicken works really well with rice or as part of a meal with the following starter, accompaniment and drink:

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How do you know when this Hoisin Chicken is cooked?

Cook this Hoisin Chicken for around 15 minutes or until the carrots have softened and the chicken is cooked.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep this Hoisin Chicken in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Hoisin Chicken in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Hoisin Chicken?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat this Hoisin Chicken?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Hoisin Chicken

This Hoisin Chicken recipe is a slimming friendly version of the calorific Chinese takeaway dish, and is perfect if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 249
  • Carbs 16G
  • WW Points:
  • 2 Green
  • 2 Blue
  • 2 Purple

Ingredients

For the Hoisin Sauce

  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • tbsp powdered peanut butter
  • tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp miso paste

For the Stir Fry

  • 500g diced chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped into batons
  • 1 head broccoli chopped into florets
  • 1 red pepper deseeded and sliced
  • 6 mushrooms quartered
  • 4 spring onions shredded
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Combine all of the Hoisin sauce ingredients in a jug and set aside.
  2. Spray a wok with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium to high heat. Add the onions and mushrooms and stir fry for 4-5 minutes until the onions begin to colour.
  3. Add in the chicken and drizzle a 1/4 of the sauce into the pan. Make sure all the chicken is coated and continue to cook 'for 2-3 minutes' until the chicken is coloured
  4. Add the rest of the sauce, carrots, broccoli, and red pepper. Turn down the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes until the carrots soften and the chicken is cooked through with no pink remaining.
  5. Before serving stir through the spring onion and enjoy!

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Charlotte HolmesSunday 13th June 2021

Can I exchange something for mushrooms as I can’t stand them! Thank you.

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    HollyMonday 14th June 2021

    Hey Charlotte, you could increase the other vegetables instead of using the mushroom so add an extra sliced pepper or add some sugar snap peas or baby corn instead. Hope that helps!

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MelissaTuesday 9th February 2021

What could I use instead of powdered peanut butter? (nut allergy!) Thanks

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    HollyWednesday 10th February 2021

    Hi Melissa, you could omit the peanut butter powder from this recipe and it wouldn’t compromise on taste. Hope that helps!

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LesleyThursday 16th July 2020

Can you just use normal peanut butter if you haven’t got powdered?

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    Steve CowderoyMonday 20th July 2020

    Hi Lesley, yes you can just use 1.5 tbsp of normal peanut butter instead, just remember to check calories if doing so. Hope this helps.

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Sandra koolenSunday 25th August 2019

What is PB2 please?

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    Emma TThursday 19th September 2019

    Hi Sandra,

    It’s a powdered peanut butter which has had much of the fat removed ????

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KerrieSaturday 7th April 2018

What is PB2 please???

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JaneSaturday 12th November 2016

Easy to follow recipe, and quick to prepare using store cupboard ingredients for the sauce. And you can change the veg depending on what you’ve got in the ‘fridge. Tastes fabulous! Thank you PoM 🙂

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