Simple pan-roasted chicken with the sweet, spicy, savory taste of 5-spice powder and crunchy salt.
You know you’ve got them…way in the back of your spice drawer: Spooky spices…those herbs, spices or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid (or don’t know how) to use them.
I could hardly WAIT for this month’s Recipe ReDux which is all about finding ways to use those spooky spices.
You see, I’ve got several spooky spices: Jerk rub, catfish seasoning, lemon pepper…the list goes on. But I ended up using 5 spice powder – I love the sweet, savory, bitter, spicy scent but I never get around to digging up a recipe to use it.
So for this recipe, I decided to take the ‘spooky’ theme to all the creepy corners of my cupboards.
I found these noodles from a Chinese market:
I know exactly why I haven’t used them: Not a single word of English on the label, not even the ingredients list. Were they rice or soy noodles? How should I cook: boil or just set in hot water to cook?
In addition to my spooky cabinets, I have several dusty cookbooks (mainly beautiful glossy coffee table ones I’m too afraid to get messy) so I thought they might be a good place to start for inspiration with 5 Spice Powder and those mysterious Asian noodles.
So I grabbed a dusty cookbook that I adore thumbing through but have NEVER cooked from: Donna Hay’s Flavor. Hay is famous for her brilliantly beautiful food styling that’s also stunningly simple. Donna had three recipes with 5 spice powder, but none that combined chicken and questionable noodles. But they did give me inspiration for Salt and 5 Spice Powder Chicken.
I would like to say it was fabulous the first time. But I’m afraid it was my second recipe #fail in as many posts. (See the first #fail from last week.)
The chicken skin got
burnt big time a bit too crispy:
Luckily, chicken skin is easily removed.
For the second batch, I kept it burnt free and it was amazing – the combo of crunchy salt plus that complex spice. My kids even loved that it was sweet and just a bit spicy.
Oh, and those spooky noodles? They were basically flavorless but they were super fun: Clear as glass, but with tiny bubbles in them; wide and chewy and the slipperiest noodles EVER. They were waaaay too much fun for the kids and me to slurp.
Just don’t ask me to buy them again – I have no idea in which Asian grocery I purchased them years ago.Print
What spooky spices or unused ingredients are lurking in the back of your pantry? Please share and maybe we can give you a recipe recommendation!
If you like this recipe, you may like those below and all the spooky ones from our Recipe ReDux friends.