garlic chicken

Last weekend, I was looking at my bottle of Hoi Sin Sauce and wondering what I shall do with it. With 3 chicken drumsticks available in the fridge, I decided to give the chicken a marinade and try out something new. It turned out tasty, albeit slightly charred due to the frying process. I have a feeling that the sugar content in the Hoi Sin Sauce caused the quick charring of the chicken. Perhaps, I did not coat the chicken enough with corn flour.

Anyway, the use of garlic gives the chicken a unique fragrance (unless you find garlic repulsive, which some do) which my daughter enjoyed very much. I had never seen her eating so much meat at one go! I would recommend this dish as a good finger / snack food or as an accompaniment to either rice or pasta.

This is my recipe for Garlic Hoi Sin Chicken



  • 3 large chicken drumsticks (deboned)
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
  • Oil for deep / pan frying



  • 2 tablespoons Hoi Sin Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of light soya sauce



Clean chicken and pat dry with kitchen towel / napkin. Marinade chicken for at least 3 hours. The longer the better.

Before frying, dust chicken with corn flour. Heat up oil and deep fry or pan fry the chicken using high heat till browned. Remove from oil and set aside.

Cut fried chicken into bite / smaller pieces. If chicken is still not cooked (reddish flesh), return chicken into oil and fry for another minute or two. As the chicken is now cut into smaller pieces, any uncooked bits will be cooked in a short period of time. If you fry it too long, it will not be juicy or tender anymore.

Clean the wok and heat up 1/2 tablespoon of cooking oil. Add garlic and saute till aromatic (but before turning brown) – this should take a couple of seconds only. Add chicken, stir well to coat chicken with garlic and dish up when garlic starts to brown.



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  1. 1
    July 6th, 2007 at 6:45 pm


    Just wondering when you say hoi sin’s not oyster sauce right? Thanks!

    God bless =)

  2. 2
    Rasa Malaysia
    July 7th, 2007 at 6:36 am

    I like it that they are perfectly charred at the corner…with the hoisin sauce, I am sure it tasted very good. 🙂

  3. 3
    July 9th, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    DT : Yes, hoi sin sauce is not the same as oyster sauce. It should be available in most grocery stores which also sell oyster sauce.

    Rasa Malaysia : Actually, I like the charred bits. My wife advised me against eating them 😛 Actually, it is not healthy to eat charred meat. He! He!

  4. 4
    July 10th, 2007 at 11:24 am

    The missus is right, Pablo. You shouldn’t be eating too much char grilled food as it is not good for you. ANd yes, it is the sugar content in the hoisin sauce which caused the burnt. A trick I learned from one of the cooking show is to use sugary sauces as a glaze on the meat instead of using them as a marinade.

  5. 5
    March 20th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Hello there! I’m a newbie cook. Tried your Hoisin Sauce Garlic chicken, my husband loves it! Initially didn’t know what to do with the Hoisin Sauce I have too 😉

    THanks and keep up the amazing recipes!

  6. 6
    March 24th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Pauline : Thanks for your feedback! I am glad another husband out there is feeling happy 😀

  7. 7
    July 23rd, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    what is worcestershire sauce?


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