Low Carb Char Siu-Inspired Chicken

Since members of our weight loss clinics are always looking for recipes for lean protein sources such as chicken, we’re sharing this spicy and delicious recipe inspired by Char Siu Chicken. Char Sui means “fork roast” in Chinese and is typically attributed to pork dishes with a red hue, like the ones you might find in Chinatown or at your favorite take-out restaurant. However, this delicious take is healthy, low carb and filling, making it perfect for those on diets and weight loss programs.

Everyone loves Sriracha, right? Also known as “Rooster sauce,” Sriracha is a spicy sauce made with garlic and red chili that is a popular condiment for Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, as well as many other types of food. Like many other spicy foods, it boost metabolism and packs a serious punch of flavor for any dish—which is why it’s a good match for diets and weight loss programs. The combination of the Sriracha with the Manuka honey, brown sugar and low-sodium soy sauce makes for a deliciously sweet and spicy combination.

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8 lean chicken breasts, skinless
2 ½ tbsp Sriracha
⅓ cup ketchup
¼ cup Manuka honey
¼ cup golden brown sugar
2 tbsp sesame oil
1/8 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp five-spice powder
1 red beet, diced
Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Mix together the Sriracha, ketchup, Manuka honey, sesame oil, golden brown sugar, low-sodium soy sauce, hoisin sauce, five-spice powder and diced beet. Add to a blender or food processor and puree. Once it’s a smooth texture, add to a sealable plastic container or bag. Add in the chicken and shake to coat well. Marinate the chicken eight hours or overnight if possible.

Once the chicken is marinated, grill it to your liking and serve with some of your favorite veggies.

Makes four servings.

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