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.
Five Spice Braised Chicken
- 6 cloves garlic
- 3 cilantro roots
- 1 teaspoon white pepper and black pepper
- a pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 teaspoons five spice powder
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- One 2" knob ginger peeled and sliced
- 3 pounds chicken thighs and legs or one 4-pound chicken, cut up
- 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- In a mortar, pound garlic, cilantro roots, peppercorns and a pinch of salt together until fine. Alternatively, use a small food processor.
- Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add garlic pasta and cook, stirring vigorously until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add five spice powder, onion, and ginger and cook until onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add chicken pieces and brown on both sides.
- Add chicken broth, soy sauce and fish sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking until chicken is cooked and tender, about 30-45 minutes.
- Alternatively, after liquid comes to a boil, transfer chicken and sauce to crockpot and finish cooking. I set my crockpot on high and cooked it 40 minutes, then reduced the heat to low to keep it warm until serving time.
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