Basil and Five Spice Chicken with Cantaloupe Salad

Basil and Five Spice Chicken with Cantaloupe Salad

2 reviews, 3 star(s). 50% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

A Flavorful and Subtle Family Dinner


4 whole Chicken leg quarters
16 whole Basil leaves
1 tblspoons Five spices powder
1 stalks Lemon Grass; coarsely chopped
1/4 cups Soy sauce
2 tblspoons Vegetable oil
3 tblspoons Water
1/2 whole cantaloupe
1/2 tsp Five spices powder
2 tblspoons Rice vinegar
1 1/2 tblspoons Vegetable oil
2 tsps Brown sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black pepper
12 whole Basil leaves; sliced

Original recipe makes 4



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.


Republished With Permission, National Chicken Council

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Hello! May i ask what sauce goes well with this? Can you suggest a sauce recipe for this dish? Thank you
pamilitante 5y ago

Republished With Permission, National Chicken Council [I posted this recipe.]
tyson 10y ago

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