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Dinner Tonight: Star Anise and Ginger Chicken

[Photograph: Blake Royer]

It's hard to imagine this recipe could be anything but delicious upon reading the ingredient list. Ginger, garlic, honey, soy sauce, scallions—each one is delicious on its own, and they blend together beautifully in this recipe from Home Cooked Comforts via Leite's Culinaria. The addition of star anise, with its subtle licorice influence, gives the dish that special something to set it apart.

Living up to the cookbook's name, this is satisfying comfort food, something to tuck into as cooler weather moves in. The key to success is to give the chicken an excellent, crisp-skinned sear at the beginning, then reduce the sauce until it glazes the chicken. The crisp, sticky-sweet effect is crucial. And once everything is reduced, the flavor is even more dramatic, with the taste of a long, slow braise in a simple, quick meal.

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