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Asian Chicken Thighs

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 50 min.

Makes

5 servings

The thick, tangy sauce makes this dish one of my favorite Chinese chicken recipes. Serve the chicken over long grain rice or with ramen noodle slaw. —Dave Farrington, Midwest City, Oklahoma
Asian Chicken Thighs Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 5 teaspoons olive oil
  • 5 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1-3/4 pounds), skin removed
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Sliced green onions
  • Hot cooked rice, optional

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken; cook until golden brown, 8-10 minutes on each side. In a small bowl, whisk water, brown sugar, orange juice, soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, pepper flakes and five-spice powder. Pour over chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until chicken is tender, 30-35 minutes, turning chicken occasionally.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with green onions. If desired, serve with rice.
    Freeze option: Cool chicken. Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat slowly in a covered skillet until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

1 chicken thigh (calculated without rice): 292 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 396mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.

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