Slow-Cooker Sichuan Chicken with Scallions & Baby Bok Choy
Sesame Baby Bok Choy
Combine chicken, soy sauce (or tamari), Shaoxing (or sherry), chiles, cumin seeds, garlic, ginger and sugar in a 4- to 7-quart slow cooker. Tie star anise, cinnamon sticks and 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns in cheesecloth or a muslin spice bag and add to the slow cooker. Add water and cover. Cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.Advertisement
To prepare bok choy: About 15 minutes before serving, trim bok choy and separate leaves. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add the bok choy; steam until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Top with sesame oil, sesame seeds and salt.
To finish the chicken: Remove and discard the spice bag. Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken. Discard the skin and bones. Pour the broth into a fat separator or skim the fat, if desired. Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns and let stand for 5 minutes.
Divide the chicken and broth among 6 serving bowls and top with scallions and crushed red pepper. Serve with the bok choy.
Tip: Named for its star-shaped pods that come from a small evergreen tree native to China, star anise lends a licoricelike flavor to many Asian dishes. Look for it with bulk spices in natural-foods stores or at Asian markets.
To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Equipment: 4- to 7-qt. slow cooker, cheesecloth
3 medium-fat protein, 1/2 fat, 1/2 vegetable