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Sweet Five-Spice Ginger Chicken

This chicken dish is really easy to prepare and has just a few ingredients, but it's full of flavor and makes a quick, satisfying and economical weeknight meal. Take a cue from its Vietnamese roots and serve it with plain steamed white rice, sliced tomato, cucumber, lettuce and a bit of Nuoc Cham (dipping sauce) for drizzling if desired.

Sweet Five-Spice Ginger Chicken

Sweet Five-Spice Ginger Chicken

  • Ingredients:
  • 1-1/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 medium scallions, sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preparation:
Trim any excess fat from the chicken thighs and cut them into bite sized pieces. Season with the five-spice powder and mix well to coat evenly.

In a small bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, soy sauce and honey until well combined. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Add the garlic and ginger, and stir fry just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chicken and stir-fry for about 3 minutes, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.

Add the fish sauce mixture and scallions. Toss to coat the chicken thoroughly and cook for about 1 minute until the sauce is slightly thickened. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe Notes:
The sauce in this recipe just coats the chicken. You can serve extra fish sauce alongside, or make up a batch of Nuoc Cham (recipe follows) to serve over the rice, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Nuoc Cham
  • Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, pressed or very finely minced
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce (use this quantity to start - add more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded carrots (optional)

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients, stirring until sugar is dissolved completely.

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