Black Currant Hoisin Chicken

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I know I say it often but that’s just because it’s so true – Chicken is such a versatile protein. You can use it in every style of cuisine and you can use just about any flavor profile that is out there. This time around I decided to dress up some drumsticks and thighs with the flavors of Black Currant and Hoisin for an Asian inspired chicken dish. This recipe for Black Currant Hoisin Chicken is bursting with flavor and actually pretty easy to make.

If you are not familiar with the flavor of black currants this is a great recipe to try it out with. With it’s slightly more tart flavor it works great in savory preparations, like the glaze for this chicken. They have a sort of earthy flavor similar to a dark berry or grape. The strong salty component of hoisin sauce balances the sweetness for a very deep rich flavor.

Bone-in chicken is not always at the top of everyone’s list, mostly because it takes longer to make sure it’s cooked through. But I really think it’s worth the extra time. To me, it’s the difference between the taste of baked and roasted. The extra flavor you get from the bone and the way it retains the moisture. Having a digital meat thermometer on hand is the best way to insure your that each piece is cooked through entirely – 165degF. Just be sure that you are not touching the bone when you take the reading.

The perfect side for this chicken is my super Simple Fried Rice Recipe. The flavors go together so well. You can also throw in some scallion pancakes on the side if you are so inclined. This is a great weeknight dinner because the actual time needed to be active in the kitchen is minimal.

Simple Egg Fried Rice

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Black Currant Hoisin Chicken

Delicious roasted chicken with black currant and hoisin glaze
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings 6


  • 6 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 6 Chicken Thighs bone-in
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 4 Green Onions chopped

For the Black Currant Hoisin Sauce

  • 1 cup Black Currant Jam
  • cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ¼ cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • ½ cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder


  • Preheat oven to 400degF.
  • Combine salt, pepper and garlic powder. Sprinkle over chicken (both sides). Place chicken on a wire baking rack over a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Place in oven for 45 minutes.
  • In a sauce pan over medium high heat, add all sauce ingredients. Stir to combine. Bring just to a bubble and reduce heat to medium low to simmer while chicken cooks.
  • Remove chicken from stove. Increase temperature to 450degF. Spoon sauce over top of chicken. Return to oven for 10 minutes. Serve with sprinkle of green onions and extra sauce for dipping.

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6 thoughts on “Black Currant Hoisin Chicken

  1. EsmeSalon – I help Entrepreneurs | Innovators | Bloggers & Home Chefs, so please check around and let me know if I can assist in any way. We have a weekly InLinkz party, and it’s free to join, so I hope to meet you there!
    EsmeSalon says:

    I visited you via Create, Bake, Grow & Gather Party #575, Pinned this one – super delicious looking and on my to cook list.

  2. MaryJo Materazo – hello, hola, bonjour. I’m MARYJO, a vintage soul, who’s married to my honey, aka Mr. M., who made all my dreams come true. He made me a wife, he made me a mother and he makes me laugh each & every day. My life revolves around my family & my home and on this blog I share all the pieces of this wonderful life. I love all things that are weathered, tattered, tarnished, rusted, faded, shabby, & distressed because they have a story to tell. Here I tell my story, which includes my love for cooking, home decor, gardening, traveling, entertaining, crafting, and anything that makes life pretty, fun & interesting. Welcome & thanks for visiting. XO
    MaryJo Materazo says:

    This looks super yummy. I think my family would love this actually. The flavor profile of sweet and savory always gets me. Pinned and thanks for sharing at Home Imagined link party. XO- MaryJo

  3. YUM, looks good! Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 116. Pinned.

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  5. I have never had black currents Estelle, but I am a big fan of sweet and savory so I am thinking I need to try this recipe. Sounds delightful!

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