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five-spice honey chicken

November 16, 2012

americanized-chinese-food cravings as it gets colder out? me, too.
better than a sugar hangover:

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(for a pound or two of chicken)

For the marinade:
1/4 cup (80 ml) tamari or soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
1 teaspoon ginger juice, minced fresh ginger, or powdered ginger

For the sauce:
about 1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
1 t fresh ginger
1 cup stock, broth, or bouillon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon or more of chili-garlic sauce, sriracha, or whatever hot sauce you like

Mix together the marinade ingredients and place the chicken thighs in the marinade for at least 30 minutes.

Drain the chicken and cook on a lightly oiled grill (or grill or barbecue) until browned on both sides and cooked through, or bake at 375 degrees for about an hour, turning the pieces half-way through, draining out the liquid with a baster before they are done cooking so that the skin has a chance to crisp up, rather than the meat braising in its own liquid.

While the meat is cooking, combine the sauce ingredients, with the exception of the water and cornstarch, in a small saucepan.
In a separate small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch, then pour that slowly into the saucepan with the boiling sauce, stirring constantly. Continue stirring and cook the sauce until it thickens.

(actually i didn’t do that at all. i just dumped it all together.)

adapted from c mom cook

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it smells incredible a half-hour into the bake!

update, it was definitely good. maybe i’m not great at eyeballing (i rarely measure; it’s not always a good habit,) but i think the five-spice powder is a little overwhelming. i cut the teaspoon called for in the sauce down to a half-teaspoon in the recipe up there. the sauce was great on potatoes the next night. not a bad weeknight recipe, but not a stand-out, and definitely not sweet enough to fill the craving (though, to be fair, i cut down on the honey by quite a bit.)

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