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Five-Spice Grilled Chicken

Five-Spice Grilled ChickenTired of the same old grilled chicken? Change it up with the exotic taste of the Orient! The chicken is first given a nice long soak in an Asian-style marinade made with soy sauce, orange juice, five-spice powder and garlic, and then grilled to perfection while being brushed occasionally with pure honey.

Five-spice powder is a mixture of spices often used in Chinese cooking. Although combinations may vary, the fragrant powder usually includes cinnamon, aniseed, fennel, black or Szechwan pepper, and cloves.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon five-spice powder
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (2 1/2 to 3-pound) broiler-fryer chicken, quartered
2 tablespoons honey
Hot cooked pasta (optional)
Carrot strips (optional)
Cucumber slices, halved (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. For marinade, combine soy sauce, orange juice, five-spice powder, and garlic. Place chicken in a plastic bag set into a shallow dish. Add marinade; seal bag. Turn chicken to coat well. Chill for 6 to 24 hours, turning chicken occasionally. Remove chicken from bag. Discard marinade.
  2. Arrange preheated coals around a drip pan in a covered grill. Test for medium heat above pan. Place chicken, bone side down, on grill over drip pan. Cover and grill for 50 to 60 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink, brushing occasionally with honey the last 5 minutes of grilling. Serve chicken over pasta tossed with carrot strips, if desired. Garnish with cucumber slices, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): calories: 294, total fat: 15g, saturated fat: 4g, cholesterol: 99mg, sodium: 607mg, carbohydrate: 6g, fiber: 0g, protein: 31g, vitamin A: 5%, vitamin C: 3%, calcium: 2%, iron: 12%.

Recipe and photograph provided by Better Homes and Gardens - a member of the Home and Family Network for the best of cooking, gardening, decorating and more. © 2003 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.