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A few months back, I was at Ollie’s (a discount store kind of like Marshall’s or Ross but without the clothes and even messier) and stumbled across a little bottle of Spice Islands’ Chinese 5-Spice Powder. I don’t remember how much it was – maybe $1.99? – but I remember it was cheap. And I like cheap spices. So I bought it.
Problem was, I had absolutely no idea what to do with it! I had never before in my life made or even eaten anything (that I recall, anyway; I suppose there’s always the chance I ate it unaware) made with Chinese 5-spice powder. It was one of those random spice mixes that seemed non-essential to my life.
Until I saw it for $1.99. Or whatever the price was. A couple of bucks reduced the risk I took in potentially acquiring another bottle to shove to the back of my already messy spice shelf.
I am so glad I took that risk! As it turns out, some other bloggers in the world had apparently recently acquired their own Chinese 5-spice powder, because as soon as I started looking, I found all kinds of recipes to try. One that I pinned and tried as soon as I could was this Braised 5-Spice Chicken by Jeannette.
Now Jeannette is a much better cook than I (a much better photographer, too, but that’s beside the point). She actually takes the time and effort to put together some really yummy fancy meals that are also very healthy. Me? Healthy, yes. Time and effort? No. Not my thing.
So I took Jeannette’s recipe and simplified it. Chucked the ingredients I never have (cilantro root, for example) and opted for the crock pot treatment from start to finish rather than just the last 40 minutes. (Sorry, but I am not going to drag my crock pot out of the cupboard for a mere 40 minutes.)
So here you have my quick-and-easy (because that’s how I roll) no-unusual-ingredient (ummm, unless you count the 5-spice powder) crock-pot-only version of 5 Spice Chicken.
Note: Chinese 5-Spice Powder is a mix of – how did you know?! – 5 spices: cinnamon, star anise, fennel, black pepper and cloves. It might be cheaper to buy the 5-Spice Powder, especially if you’re like me and don’t keep fennel and star anise around. But if you want to give it a go, try this recipe for authentic Chinese 5-Spice Powder.
Crock Pot 5-Spice Chicken
- 3 lbs chicken leg quarters
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup onion, finely chopped
- 2” knob of ginger, grated (or 1 tsp ginger powder)
- 1 TBSP 5-spice powder
- 1 TBSP dried cilantro (or ¼ cup fresh cilantro)
- dash or two of salt and pepper
- Place the chicken in the crock pot.
- Pour the broth over it.
- Sprinkle with the garlic and onion.
- Grate the ginger right on top.
- Sprinkle with seasonings.
- Cook on High for 4 hours, or until the juices run clear.
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