Clementine & Five-Spice Chicken

January/February 2012

Your rating: None Average: 4.3 (67 votes)

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.

Clementine & Five-Spice Chicken

9 Reviews for Clementine & Five-Spice Chicken

great melody of flavors

Full of flavors that definitely blend well together. It was a little heavy in the cilantro department, and I prefer my orange slices on the side. Next time I will use 3 Tablespoons of Cilantro, and slice the oranges, but leave them out of the chicken, and leave them for an on the side treat.

For an even quicker cook time for the chicken, use chicken breast and slice it into medallions, then cook as recipe calls.


Given the great reviews, I was really expecting to love this dish, but actually did not like it at all. Will not make again.

Awesome flavor!

We loved this recipe! I love chicken thighs, so I was excited to try this dish. I was thinking the szechuan peppercorns would add a little heat. Well, it didn't. I will have to come up with something to give it the perfect spicy "bite" to go with the orange tang!

Easy to make
Potential disaster made it even better

This recipe is delicious and idiot proof: I stupidly dumped my raw brown rice into the simmering sauce instead of the boiling water and was able to scoop it out (with 1/3 of the sauce) and ended up with amazing chicken AND tasty rice.

easy to make with wonderful complex flavor
Delicious, healthy sauce offers a unique twist

This recipe took about an hour from start to finish. Other than that, I have no complaints. The sauce is healthy and very delicious. My husband absolutely loved it. Serve with brown rice for a nice complete meal.

tasty, new flavors, healthy

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