Chicken breasts with the skin on are not usually boneless, so you may need to special order them from your butcher or debone them at home. They don't dry out as easily as the skinless, boneless variety.
3 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal)
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons five-spice powder
4 (6-ounce) boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup ice
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder
How to Make It
Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until salt and sugar dissolve. Stir in 2 tablespoons five-spice powder. Pour salt mixture into a large zip-top plastic bag. Rinse chicken with cold water. Add chicken and ice to bag; seal. Refrigerate 2 hours, turning bag occasionally. Remove chicken from bag; discard brine. Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
Combine hoisin sauce and next 5 ingredients (hoisin sauce through 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder).
Prepare the grill for indirect grilling, heating one side to medium and leaving one side with no heat.
Place chicken, skin side down, on grill rack coated with cooking spray over medium heat side. Close lid; grill chicken 8 minutes on each side, brushing occasionally with hoisin sauce mixture. Place chicken, skin side up, on unheated side; brush with hoisin sauce mixture. Grill an additional 5 minutes or until done. Discard skin; serve immediately.
I loved this recipe! I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts because that is what I had in the freezer, but it was still great. My family loved it! This would also be good on a pork tenderloin, I think.
I love this recipe! Easy, tasty and fast!
I skip the brine-ing, i use boneless skinless, and i do it under the broiler! How's that for not following instructions! I love the end result, moist, tasty, yummy!
While we enjoyed this recipe, we also found it to be too salty. In addition, I made extra chicken so we would have leftovers and the chicken tasted saltier the next day. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts and they were perfect and did not overcook. I served the chicken with jasmine rice and green beans.
Great recipe and easily adaptable for larger crowds. Just use bonless, skinless breasts instead of trying to get the special ones indicated. I have taken breasts out of brine/marinade and frozen them along with some of the hoisin sauce. They cook very well after thawing. I served this with rice and the roasted asparagus with basalmic browned butter or just frozen green beans for a quick meal.
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