Szechuan style chicken thighs

Serve these flavorful chicken thighs with jasmine rice and grilled bok choy for a complete meal.




  1. Place 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) hoisin sauce, 4 Tbsp (60 mL) soy sauce, Szechuan pepper, ginger, garlic, star anise powder, sugar and chili powder in a resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken and give it a good massage through the bag. Place in the fridge to marinate for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until tender. Add the red pepper and continue to cook until tender.
  3. Add the remaining hoisin and soy sauces, vinegar and sambal oelek. Simmer until reduced by half, then set aside.
  4. Fire up your charcoal or preheat your gas grill. You need a medium-high grilling temp of around 350°F (180°C). Prep the grill for cooking over direct heat.
  5. Remove the chicken from the marinade and season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 20 to 22 minutes, turning and brushing with some of the sauce, until well glazed and cooked through. Brush with additional sauce and serve.

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