With busy school nights, I’ve been trying all sorts of different make-ahead dinner ideas, including a Five Spice Braised Chicken recipe that I found on Chez Pim. Some days, I start making dinner in the morning, other times, not until the afternoon, but rarely can I make dinner right at dinnertime since I’m usually driving the kids around. As soon as my boys walk in the door, they are starving, so I try to have dinner completely cooked and ready to serve well before then.This Five Spice Braised Chicken that I made was the perfect candidate for a weeknight meal as it can be made ahead of time, and even better, it can be made in a crockpot. I finally dusted off my crockpot and took it out a fews weeks ago, and have been using it ever since. Sometimes I cook in it, and other times, I use it to keep dinner warm.This chicken dish was cooked briefly on the stove, then transferred to the crockpot to finish cooking, and kept warm while I went to pick my kids up from school.
To go along with it, I made steamed brown rice in my rice cooker, which can also be left on the warm setting. The only dish I made when I walked in the door were some stir-fry vegetables, which I prepped earlier in the day, so all I had to do was throw them in the wok for a few minutes to cook. The sauce from the Five Spice Braised Chicken, which was fall-off-the-bone tender, was delicious served over the brown rice – my kids loved it!
If I could relive my life, I think I might like to try on Pim Techamuanvivit’s shoes. She has a job that I dream of on some days…globetrotting around the world, eating her way through the streets of Asia and Three Michelin Star restaurants. And, she cooks a mean pot of curry. The New York Times once said, “Pim is not a professional cook, but she is a professional eater.” Not just that, her partner is the “wildly talented” chef David Kinch, chef and owner of Manresa in Los Gatos, California, one of the country’s most innovative restaurants. What could be better…eating good food all the time, whether you’re away or at home.
This week, a group of bloggers is celebrating Pim Techamuanvivit, one of the 50 Women Game Changers in Food. Pim’s famously popular blog, Chez Pim, which I believe has been around for almost ten years, chronicles her eating forays, and features tons of recipes as well.
- 6 cloves garlic
- 3 cilantro roots
- 1 teaspoon of white and black pepper
- a pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 teaspoons five spice powder
- ½ a medium onion, diced
- one 2-inch knob of ginger, peeled and sliced
- 3 pounds of chicken thighs and drumsticks (or one 4-pound chicken cut up)
- 1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- Combine garlic, cilantro roots, peppercorns and a pinch of salt in either a small food processor or mortar and grind well.
- Heat oil in a large pot and add garlic paste. Cook paste, stirring vigorously until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add five spice powder, onion, and ginger, and cook until the onion is translucent and the five spice is fragrant.
- Add chicken pieces and cook until browned on both sides.
- Add soy sauce, fish sauce, and chicken broth and bring to a boil. At this point, you can either continue to simmer the chicken on the stove for 30-45 minutes, or transfer the chicken and broth to a crockpot and continue cooking it until done.
- I finished the chicken in my crockpot on high for 40 minutes, then kept it warm on low until dinner was served.
If you’re interested in joining our group as we cook our way through this list of 50 influential women in food, just ask Mary from One Perfect Bite.
Please stop by and take a look at what the rest of the group made this week in celebration of Pim Techamuanvivit :
Linda from There and Back Again
Val from More Than Burnt Toast
Joanne from Eats Well with Others
Taryn from Have Kitchen Will Feed
Susan from The Spice Garden
Heather from girlichef
Claudia fromA Seasonal Cook in Turkey
Miranda from Mangoes and Chutney
Katie from Making Michael Poland Proud
Mary from One Perfect Bite
Sue from The View from The Great Island
Kathleen from Bake Away with Me
Viola from The Life is Good Kitchen
Barbara from Movable Feasts
Kathleen from Gonna Want Seconds