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Today is one of those days with little to say. I planned to type this up first thing this morning, but then Abbi woke up at 5:30am. A little too early for me! So I’ve had a morning of chasing around a toddler, and she’s not very happy with me on the computer right now. So I just leave you with this Rachael Ray dish!

I was excited to try this. It was the most downloaded recipe for the week that it was on her show. But I just thought it was ok. I think I added too much 5-spice. I didn’t measure, just threw some in, but it was a bit overpowering for me. To me, 5-spice is one of those things that a little bit goes a long way! One thing I do love about this recipe, though, is how adaptable it is. Don’t have sweet peppers? Throw in broccoli instead. It calls for chicken thighs, but I had some chicken breasts at home. I think this would be a great base recipe for one of those nights where you are not prepared and just need to throw something together!

Sweet Pepper Chicken with 5 Spice
adapted from the Rachael Ray Show

serves 4

total time: 30 minutes

1 1/2 cups rice, cooked to package directions
2 tablespoons high temperature cooking oil, such as peanut or canola
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, cut into bite sized chunks
salt and pepper
2 sweet bell peppers, seeded and cubed into bite sized pieces
1 onion or 2 large shallots, sliced
1 inch ginger root, grated or minced
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons 5 spice powder
3 tablespoons dry sherry
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup Tamari
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 rounded tablespoon cornstarch

Start rice and when it’s about mid-way through cooking time, start the chicken.

Heat about 1 tablespoon of oil over high heat in nonstick skillet and add chicken seasoned with a little salt and lots of black pepper. Stir-fry chicken until browned and remove to a plate.

Add another tablespoon of oil and allow to heat until it ripples and begins to smoke. Then add peppers, onions or shallot and stir fry 2 minutes. Add ginger, garlic and 5 spice powder and season vegetables with a little more black pepper. Add sherry and shake pan for 30 seconds, then add honey or agave, Tamari and stock. Stir corn starch into a little water to dissolve, then add to sauce and thicken 1 minute. Slide chicken back in heat through a minute more.

Serve chicken with rice.

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10 Responses to Saturdays with Rachael Ray – Sweet Pepper Chicken with 5 Spice

  1. Brenda De Sousa says:

    This dish looks and sounds really good Deborah. I know what you mean though, I've made recipes that got rave reviews and I thought they were only okay. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  2. Pam says:

    Deborah, it really looks good but you just never know. Have a good weekend!

  3. Rice Palette says:

    The dish *does* look delicious, but hey, not every recipe is for everyone.. it's always great to try new things, so no loss on that end.

    I'm always a big fan of spices, so I may give this a shot though!

  4. The Meal Planner says:

    I tried a very similar stir-fry from one of Rachael Ray's cookbooks a couple years ago. The version I made topped the finished dish with smoked almonds and that's what drew me in to make the recipe. That was also the day that I discovered I HATE 5-Spice!! I couldn't eat the stir-fry at all, so I just munched on rice and smoked almonds. I now know to avoid 5-spice…I have a pretty strong aversion to black licorice and cinnamon in savory dishes which are two prominent flavors in 5-spice. I have to be really careful with the brand of hoisin sauce I buy because a lot have 5-spice in them.

    BUT, one good thing I discovered from that recipe was how delicious it is to top stir-fry with smoked almonds. You must try it!

  5. Monet says:

    I always have a hard time experimenting with new recipes for dinner because I'm afraid that they won't be as good as I might hope. I tend to stick to my tried and true favorites, but I think it is so important to branch out and make yourself try new things. Thanks for sharing you pictures and the recipe!
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  6. Julie says:

    Too bad it wasn't as great as it looks! I'll bet you could change it up to suit your taste pretty easily.

  7. Heather says:

    Yay I finally have a RR recipe to share! So glad that I could finally participate in Saturday's with Rachael Ray!

    BTW my cooking blog is:

    http://www.heatherskitchenconcoctions.com

  8. Joanne says:

    I have to say, I LOVE 5 spice powder! One of my favorite seasonings. This does look like a super versatile stir fry. I bet you could even go with pork instead of chicken if you wanted!

  9. Kim says:

    Whoa- 5:30am is just way too early to wake up! I hope you were able to rest a little later on in the day:)

    I've never had chinese 5 spice but I would love to try it!

  10. Mrs. L says:

    I have some 5-Spice powder that I've been trying to come up with different ways to use. I'm willing to try this but thanks for the tip to be gentle with the spice.

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