This aromatic chicken dish utilizes ample ginger and garlic; classic flavors such as soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil; and warming, licorice-like Star Anise. Serve it atop a mound of fragrant jasmine rice.

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 20 min

Total time: 30 min

Star Anise Chicken
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Serves 4

  • 4 Chicken Thighs, Skin On, trimmed

  • 2 Teaspoons Sesame Oil

  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Ginger, grated

  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced

  • 1/4 Cup Low-Sodium Soy Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Chinese Rice Wine (Or Shaoxing Wine Or Dry Sherry)

  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice

  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Brown Sugar

  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Star Anise

  • 1 4'' Cinnamon Stick

  • Salt, to taste

  • Ground Black Pepper, to taste

  • 2 Cups Thai Jasmine Rice, cooked


  1. Rinse chicken under cold water, pat dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Place large skillet on stove over medium heat. Add sesame oil, followed by chicken thighs, skin-side down. Sear chicken until skin starts to brown and easily lifts off pan. Flip chicken and sear on other side.

  3. Add ginger, garlic, soy sauce, wine, orange juice, brown sugar, Star Anise and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, and simmer until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in center, about 6 to 7 minutes per side.

  4. Discard cinnamon stick. Serve immediately with rice.