Place the chicken with the skin side out on your work surface. Roll up and truss with a cotton string. Prick the skin surface with a fork several times to prevent shrinking when cooking.
Lightly salt and pepper all sides of the chicken. Put all ● ingredients into a heat-proof bowl and mix quickly. Place the prepared chicken in the centre of the bowl.
Place a circular piece of parchment paper gently over the chicken and cover the bowl loosely with cling film. Microwave at 500 W for 3 minutes.
Take the bowl out of the microwave and turn over the chicken. Place the parchment paper circle over the chicken and cover the bowl loosely with cling film. Microwave at 500 W for a further 3 minutes.
When you insert a skewer and clear juice comes out the chicken is done. If the juice is reddish, return to the microwave to cook for another minute. Check every minute or so and repeat until the chicken is done.
After cooling, put the chicken and the marinade into a resealable bag. Place the bag in a container to allow the chicken to be completely covered by the marinade. Let rest overnight.
If you need to reheat it, try doing so over a hot water bath. This sauce is really good with rice Drizzle the sauce over the rice and make a rice bowl with the chicken char siu!
Slice the char siu into a thickness of your liking. The chicken is very moist and juicy! Serve the slices with vegetables or salad.
If you don't have any cotton strings use toothpicks or skewers instead to shape the chicken. If you don't have parchment paper, use cling film.
Story Behind this Recipe
I like char siu and I wanted to try to make it with chicken. Also I wanted to make an easy recipe using a microwave. I am very satisfied that you can make this in just 10 minutes. You can use this as a topping for ramen. Nibble on it with drinks or enjoy it as the main course for dinner.
While cooking in a microwave, it is key to turn over the chicken! By doing this the marinade is absorbed well and evenly The parchment paper circle in a bowl is important so don't forget it Leaving to stand overnight enhances the flavour. If you are in a hurry, let sit for at least 2 hours. You can make this with chicken breast but I prefer chicken thighs.