Basil and Five-Spice Chicken Legs with Cantaloupe Salad
This aromatic dish hints at the cinnamon, star anise, fennel seed, cloves, and Szechuan peppers in the five-spice powder.
Basil and Five-Spice Chicken Legs4 chicken leg quarters
- 16 leaves basil
- 1 Tbs five-spice powder
- 1 stalk lemon grass, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbs vegetable oil
- 3 Tbs water
Cantaloupe Salad1/2 cantaloupe, thinly sliced
- 1/2 tsp five-spice powder
- 2 Tbs rice vinegar
- 1 1/2 Tbs vegetable oil
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 12 leaves basil, sliced
- Lift the skin on the chicken leg quarters and press four basil leaves under each. Place chicken into resealable plastic bags; set aside.
- In a blender, mix five-spice powder, lemon grass, soy sauce, vegetable oil, and water; puree until smooth.
- Pour marinade into the plastic bags with the chicken; seal and shake until chicken is coated. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours.
- When ready to cook, prepare coals for grill or preheat gas grill. Place chicken on grill over medium heat and cook, turning, until firm and cooked thoroughly, about 10 - 15 minutes per side.
- While chicken is cooking, prepare the salad by whisking together the five-spice powder, rice vinegar, vegetable oil, brown sugar, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl; set aside.
- Arrange cantaloupe slices on serving plates or platter. Drizzle salad dressing over cantaloupe; sprinkle with slivered basil leaves. Place chicken legs next to salad to serve.
Recipe courtesy of the National Chicken Council
Calories from Fat 149 (47%)
Total Fat 17g
Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Total Carbohydrate 14g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
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