Hoisin-glazed Chicken Bao Buns

Roasted whole chicken and filled bao buns, and a plate of vegetables.
Why not add an Asian twist to your family Christmas feast!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Dinner
Servings 6 people


For the Orange Hoisin Sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • Prepare Hoisin glaze by stirring together all ingredients. Divide into two bowls and set aside. Use half for marinade and basting, and the other half for serving.
  • Pat the chicken dry with a paper Towel. Season chicken inside and out with 1 tsp of salt and ½ tsp pepper. Place one orange half into the chicken cavity. Twist wing tips under the chicken and tie.
  • Place the chicken and orange halves on a roasting tray. Brush the glaze on the chicken and the orange halves.
  • Roast chicken for 20 minutes, or the chicken turns golden colour. Remove from the oven and brush with more Hoisin glaze.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 180°C. Cover the tray loosely with foil and return it to the oven. Cook for a further 50–60 minutes, brushing more glaze about halfway through. Remove foil (and set foil aside for now), brush with remaining glaze and roast uncovered for an additional 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and juices run clear. Leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Heat the bao buns according to pack directions.
  • To serve: Slice the chicken into strips, then fill bao buns with cucumber, red onion and spring onion. Garnish with chilli and coriander. Serve with the reserved orange Hoisin glaze. Squeeze over some of the roasted orange juice for extra deliciousness.
Keyword dairy free, weekly menu
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Asian flavours are usually associated to roast duck, not chicken but trust us when we say it works! And when you’re convinced and want more, try this other Asian roast chicken recipe.

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