Cook Eat – Sticky Chicken Bao Recipe

Trying something new with an old fave is an easy way to find some much-needed dinner inspo as we cruise into summer and the holiday season.

Lee Kum Kee Soy Sauce and chicken are pretty easy to come across in kiwi kitchens, so Dave and I came up with this super quick and easy Sticky Chicken Bao recipe that we guarantee the whole family will love!


Approx 600g Chicken thigh or tenders

¼ cup Lee Kum Kee Soy Sauce

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

4 cloves garlic finely chopped

¼ tbsp Lee Kum Kee minced ginger

1 tbsp olive oil

1 pack Bao buns, find in freezer section at supermarket

Coleslaw, coriander, spring onions to garnish to taste

Hot Sauce



Combine Lee Kum Kee Soy Sauce, honey, vinegar, garlic and ginger in large bowl. Mix well to combine. Add chicken and stir to coat. Leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Add olive oil to pan, adding chicken when pan is hot. Reserve marinade in bowl to add later.

When chicken is cooked through and beginning to turn a golden-brown colour add remaining marinade. Turn chicken to coat in marinade, reduce until sauce coating chicken is thick and sticky.

Steam buns according to directions on pack. Fill with coleslaw, chicken, dress with coriander and chopped spring onions. Create a spicy mayo by adding hot sauce, (the more the better) to your mayo and drizzle over your filled bao.


Black Friday Bliss: One-Stop Shopping online at TheMarket

I first fell in love with the phenomena that is Black Friday when I spent six years living in the states.  Our eldest son was born on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and I was up-and-at-em 5 days later on Black Friday to hit the awesome sales that American retailers are well known for.

I can’t say I’m mad about the fact that this epic pre-Christmas shopping tradition has made its way down to New Zealand.  For me, it encourages planning ahead, shopping early and avoiding expensive panic buying as I run out of time (and inspiration!) in December.

This year navigating the myriad Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales in New Zealand is a lot easier with the arrival of TheMarket, an online destination which has successfully streamlined the kiwi shopping experience across a huge variety of departments.
This is a retail experience with a difference guys – think of your favourite department store, complete with collections from premium fashion brands, as well as a comprehensive toy store, garden centre, tech department and a health and beauty offering to make you swoon.  TheMarket is one of the most user-friendly websites I’ve ever shopped – thankfully (!) as it hosts over 1500 retailers – no-ones go time to peruse THAT many aisles in real time am I right?!

I’ve done a quick swoop of the early Black Friday deals available online at The Market and created a wishlist to (hopefully) keep me focused as I tick off my Christmas list.

Check out my gifting ideas for our family below and HELLO, I’ve got a discount code for you! 

Enter the code BEST20 to get $20 off your first order at TheMarket when you spend $99 or more!

T&Cs – Discount applied when code entered at checkout on Saving of $20 off everything with a minimum spend of $99. Excludes shipping costs (if relevant). Single use per customer. Expires midnight Monday 2nd Dec 2019.

This post was kindly sponsored by TheMarket.