Baked Five Spice Chicken

Baked Five Spice Chicken

I have always expressed my love for chicken and Five Spice powder.  If I can’t think of anything to fix,  I just whip up something with either one of these two ingredients.

Chinese five-spice is made up of cloves, anise, star anise, cinnamon and ginger.  It can also be purchased in a small bottle from your Chinese store or in some groceries that have an Asian section.

Another thing I try to have in our meals are vegetables.  I need to have my fiber!!!!

Today I put together my two “go to” ingredients, chicken and five spice powder.  For a healthier version, instead of the traditional Chinese deep fry, I opted for the fat free baking method.  I put the chicken on top of a bed of stir fried broccoli rabe and sprinkled it with sliced almonds.

Ingredients

2 lbs. chicken breast, butterflied

1 tbsp Five Spice powder

3 large garlic cloves, minced

salt and pepper to taste

sliced almonds (optional)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Rinse chicken breasts. Pat dry with paper towels.

Place chicken between two pieces plastic wrap. With a meat mallet, pound the breast until it is quarter of an inch thin.

In a shallow dish, combine the rest of the ingredients (except the sliced almonds). Dredge the chicken with the spices.

Transfer chicken to a parchment lined baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until chicken is done.

Sprinkle with sliced almonds (optional).

Serve with salad greens, brown rice, or stir fried vegetables.

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