Clementine & Five-Spice Chicken

Clementine & Five-Spice Chicken

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.

From EatingWell: January/February 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  1. 8-10 clementines, divided
  2. Generous 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (see Tips)
  3. 1/4 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns, crushed (see Tips, optional)
  4. 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  5. 4 large bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 pounds), skin removed, trimmed
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1/4 cup small fresh cilantro leaves
  8. 1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallion greens
  9. 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


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

Tips & Notes


Nutrition Per Serving: 270 calories; 13 g fat (3 g sat, 5 g mono); 92 mg cholesterol; 11 g carbohydrates; 26 g protein; 1 g fiber; 359 mg sodium; 387 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (84% daily value), Zinc (18% dv)

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 4 lean meat