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Basil and Five Spice Chicken Legs with Cantaloupe Salad

Basil and Five Spice Chicken Legs with Cantaloupe Salad: Main Image

Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Cook Time: 30 min.
This aromatic dish hints at the cinnamon, star anise, fennel seed, cloves, and Szechuan peppers in the five-spice powder.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken leg quarters
  • 16 basil leaves
  • Marinade1 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 basil leaves, sliced

Directions

  • Lift the skin on leg quarters and press 4 basil leaves under each. Place chicken in resealable plastic bags.
  • In blender, mix 1 tablespoon five-spice powder, lemon grass, soy sauce, vegetable oil and water. Puree until smooth. Pour mixture into plastic bag with 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 salad by whisking together in medium bowl five-spice powder, rice vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, brown sugar, salt and pepper. 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

Nutrition note: Nutrition caculation based on skinless legs.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 330
  Calories from Fat 148 (45%)
(27%)Total Fat 17g
(13%)Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
(35%)Cholesterol 104mg
(40%)Sodium 948mg
(22%)Potassium 771mg
Total Carbohydrate 19g
(4%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 8g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(56%)Protein 28g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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