Chinese Five Spice Glazed Chicken (Paleo)

This dish takes under 30 minutes. HUGE WIN for weeknights right? Most all my meals I make take under 30 minutes, actually most take under 10 minutes thanks to the mini meal preps I do throughout the week!

If you haven’t tried Five Spice seasoning yet, get on board! Five spice is a blend of five spices (creative, right?!) including fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and peppercorn. It has a subtly sweet and spicy flavor and gives depth to meats like you wouldn’t believe!

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For this dish I simply steamed some broccoli and served the chicken over it, but you could easily whip up some basmati rice, cauliflower rice or sweet potato noodles! You do you, baby boo.

This dish comes together so quickly that you won’t even miss Chinese take out food. Not to mention you’ll feel great after this dish! Often, restaurants use some undesirable oils (hello canola, vegetable and corn oils) that can leave you feeling icky. Or too much sodium (or MSG) that might leave you feeling bloated and overly full. Thankfully, you can make your own version at home for cheaper and know that you are nourishing your body!

As far as substitutions go, I would recommend sticking pretty closely to what is suggested for the coconut aminos and rice wine vinegar. There is some play room with the honey – you could substitute maple syrup or agave (any liquid sweetener really). For the garlic or ginger, either fresh or powdered versions will work perfectly fine.

You can also play around with the type of meat and swap out the chicken for pork or beef cubes. The world is your little oyster!

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Chinese Five Spice Glazed Chicken 

(PALEO, GRAIN FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE,)
SERVES 4
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES            COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES

Ingredients:

1½ – 2 lbs. chicken breast, boneless and skinless, cubed

½ tsp. five spice powder

1 tsp. garlic, fresh or powder

1 tsp. ginger, fresh or powder

1 tsp. sea salt

For the glaze:

1½ tbs. ghee, coconut oil or avocado oil

½ c. coconut aminos

2 tsp. ginger, fresh or powder

2 tsp. rice wine vinegar

juice of a lime

optional toppings: cilantro, sriracha, more lime, roasted peanuts, avocado, sesame seeds, etc.

Method:

  1. Heat a large, deep saucepan over medium-high heat and add cubed chicken once hot.
  2. Add salt, five spice powder, ginger and garlic to chicken and stir to combine.
  3. Cover and let cook.
  4. Meanwhile, make the glaze by heating a small saucepan over medium heat
  5. Add all ingredients and bring to a boil.
  6. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and let cook until the chicken has cooked through ~ 10 minutes.
  7. Serve chicken with sauce over your choice of rice or veggies and toppings!

 

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