For my first Secret Recipe Club assignment of the new year I was given Dena from Oh! You Cook! Dena is a librarian and food blogger who has even published a recipe book so as you can imagine there were literally hundreds of fantastic recipes on her blog. As it was January when I made this, I was trying to avoid too many sweet things and so focused on the savoury recipes. I love spicy food and luckily there was lots of choice. I could even say too much! Would it be pulled brisket sliders, Korean-style chicken wings or even one of the soups?
In the end I chose this Chicken Anise as I hadn’t made anything with five spice powder for a while and as soon as I read the recipe I was tempted. It sounded like a tasty midweek meal, even a little too simple. I thought I would make something else too so I’d have a choice of what to post.
That’s right, I didn’t know this was going to be so delicious although Dena did describe it as, ‘one of those recipes that seem ho-hum, nothing special … until you try a forkful‘ so I really should have known! I promise you, this so tasty you will be licking the plate clean afterwards.
Ingredients- Serves 2
Chicken thighs, drumsticks or breasts (enough for 2 people)
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp Chinese five spice
1 onion, chopped
100g mushrooms, sliced
How to Make Chicken Anise
1. Heat a little oil in a pan and brown the chicken on all sides.
2. Mix together the water, soy sauce, sugar and five spice powder. Pour over the chicken. Bring to the boil and then lower the heat to a simmer for 30 minutes.
3. In another pan heat a little more oil and cook the onions gently until they soften and then add the mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes and then add to the pan with the chicken.
4. Cook the chicken for another 5 minutes and then serve with rice and some more vegetables.
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