Clementine & Five-Spice Chicken

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This chicken recipe gets intense, complex flavor from tangy clementines, five-spice powder and pungent Sichuan peppercorns. This dish is a marvel for entertaining: it takes just 35 minutes of prep and a handful of ingredients, but it looks and tastes super-special. Feel free to use mandarins, honey tangerines or oranges here instead of the clementines.

Nutritionist Tested & Approved
Ingredients
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

  • 8-10 clementines, divided

  • Generous 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder, (see Tips)

  • 1/4 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns, crushed (see Tips, optional)

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided

  • 4 large bone-in chicken thighs, (about 2 pounds), skin removed, trimmed

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup small fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallion greens

  • 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Directions
  1. 4 servings

  2. Finely grate 1 teaspoon zest (see Tips) and squeeze 1 cup juice from 6 to 8 clementines. Combine the zest, juice, five-spice powder and peppercorns (if using) in a small bowl.

  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt. Cook the chicken, turning frequently, until brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Pour in the juice mixture; bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the chicken is just cooked through, 16 to 18 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, peel 2 of the remaining clementines and slice into 1/4-inch-thick rounds.

  5. When the chicken is done, transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Increase the heat to high and cook the sauce, stirring often, until thickened and reduced to 1/2 to 2/3 cup, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in the clementine slices, cilantro, scallion greens and sesame oil. Serve the chicken with the sauce.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
4
Per serving
Calories
270
Carbohydrates
11g
Fat
13g
Saturated Fat
3g
Monounsaturated Fat
5g
Protein
26g
Cholesterol
92mg
Dietary Fiber
1g
Potassium
387mg
Sodium
359mg
Added Sugars
0g
Exchanges
1 fruit
4 lean meat
Carbohydrate Servings
1
Vitamin C (84% daily value)
Zinc (18% dv)

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