The kids had their first "snow days" of the winter, so there was a lot of excitement at our house this week! Since we've been cooped up for the past few days, I decided it was a good time to experiment in the kitchen. Maybe it's our long, snowy winters and I don't get out as much as I should. But I've only recently discovered the amazing taste of Chinese 5 spice powder. It's a very interesting spice blend, since it incorporates the sweetness of cloves, cinnamon, and star anise. But peppercorns and fennel add a savory bite to it. Because it has such a great balance of flavors there isn't much else you need to add. A little soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a touch of sesame oil are all that's needed to marinade the chicken so it's nice and tender. A little ginger, garlic salt, and parsley put the final touches on this dish.
It was fun having the kids home from school, and even more fun having them guess the mystery spice in this Chinese 5 Spice Chicken recipe. Was it candy? Coffee? Brown sugar? I discovered the best way to get my kids to try something new was to bring some suspense to the dinner table. They didn't guess the secret ingredient, but it was an entertaining day off school! Here's how I made this Chinese 5 Spice Chicken Recipe:
Ingredients: 2 pounds thin sliced chicken breasts; 1 tablespoon Chinese 5 spice powder; 2 tablespoons Asian honey barbecue sauce; 1/2 tsp. ginger; 1/3 cup soy sauce; 1 tablespoon sesame oil; 2 tsp. rice vinegar; 1 tsp. garlic salt; 1 tablespoon dried parsley for garnish.
Directions: Place oven rack approximately 3-4 inches from heating element. Preheat oven to broil on high setting. In a small mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients except for parsley. Place chicken and marinade in a large resealable bag. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Line broiling pan with foil. Broil chicken for approximately 4 minutes each side or until internal temperature reaches 170 degrees. You may need to broil chicken in 2 batches, depending on the size of the cutlets. If this is the case, remove the first batch of chicken from broiler and place on a serving dish. Cover with foil. Broil second batch. When all chicken is broiled, garnish with parsley and serve.
Hi, I'm Jennifer-the creator of What's Baking, Babycakes? Here you'll find easy to make desserts, frozen treats, healthy salads, and hearty casseroles. I love baking, and spending time with my family and two Papillions! Find out more in the "about section." Happy baking!