Chrysanthemum Chicken Recipe

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For a truly special chicken dinner, try this delicious dish. The ginger and Chinese five-spice adds so much flavor that this dish will be requested by your family all the time.—Helen Currie, Douglas, New Brunswick
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:2-3 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 2-3 servings


  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder, optional
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons additional chicken broth or sherry
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chrysanthemum petals
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 318 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 429mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Add chicken and toss to coat. In a wok or skillet, stir-fry chicken in oil for 5-7 minutes or until no longer pink. Add the broth, additional broth or sherry and green onion. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; add the flower petals and toss to coat. Serve over rice. Yield: 2-3 servings.
Editor's Note: Verify that flowers are edible and have not been treated with chemicals.
Originally published as Chrysanthemum Chicken in Country Woman March/April 2002, p10

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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