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Braised Tangerine Chicken thighs with rice and tossed salad

Braised Tangerine Chicken with Star Anise

This is a recipe for Braised Tangerine Chicken flavored with Star Anise. A seared chicken thigh recipe that's simmered in an exciting broth of tangerine, Sriracha and star anise.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 602kcal


  • 2 tangerines
  • 8 chicken thighs bone in, skin on
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 Cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 2-3 whole star anise
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 Tablespoon water


  • Finely grate the zest from the tangerines, then squeeze 1/2 cup juice. Season the chicken with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  • In a large, heavy pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sear the chicken, turning once or twice, until browned on both sides, about 9 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat in the pot and return the pot to medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic, the ginger and half of the tangerine zest and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the broth, tangerine juice, soy sauce, chile-garlic sauce, and star anise and bring to a boil, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Return the chicken to the pot, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the chicken is opaque throughout, about 25 minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken to a platter. Bring the liquid in the pot to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and cook just until the sauce thickens slightly, about 30 seconds.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with the remaining tangerine zest and serve. Serves 4.
  • Serve over steamed rice, or with crusty bread to soak up the flavorful broth.


A Dutch oven works great to make this a one pot meal.


Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 920mg | Potassium: 628mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 476IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg