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Five-Spice Chicken

Makes: 4  servings Start to Finish 25 mins


  • 1 tablespoon  brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons  dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons  soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon  minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon  minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon  Chinese five-spice powder
  • 4 large chicken thighs (1-1/2 lbs.), skinned
  • 1 teaspoon  cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon  cold water
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • Cooked wild and white rice (optional)
  • Steamed watercress (optional)


1. Combine brown sugar, sherry, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and five-spice powder in shallow 1-1/2-quart microwave-proof dish. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and microwave on 100 percent power (High) 10 minutes, turning chicken halfway through. Transfer chicken to platter.

2. Dissolve cornstarch in cold water and stir into pan juices. Microwave, uncovered, on 100 percent power (High) 1-1/2 minutes more. Stir and pour over chicken. Garnish with green onions, if desired. Serve with wild and white rice and steamed watercress, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 4
  • cal.(kcal)145,
  • Fat, total(g)4,
  • chol.(mg)81,
  • sat. fat(g)1,
  • carb.(g)6,
  • pro.(g)20,
  • sodium(mg)601,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet