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Singapore Chicken Stew

James Carrier
Yield Makes 4 servings
Roxanne Chan likes the way coconut milk smooths out the assertive spices in this quick chicken dish. If you can't find Chinese five spice, substitute equal parts ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger, and anise seeds.


  • 1 pound boned, skinned chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice (see note above)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 2 cups lightly packed washed baby spinach leaves (about 4 oz.)
  • 1 can (14 oz.) baby corn, drained
  • 2 Roma tomatoes (about 8 oz. total), rinsed, cored, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced canned water chestnuts
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 429
  • caloriesfromfat 57 %
  • protein 33 g
  • fat 27 g
  • satfat 19 g
  • carbohydrate 18 g
  • fiber 5.2 g
  • sodium 499 mg
  • cholesterol 68 mg

How to Make It

  1. Rinse chicken, pat dry, and cut into 1-inch chunks. In a bowl, mix flour, salt, chili flakes, and five spice. Add chicken pieces and mix to coat.

  2. Pour oil into a 4- to 5-quart pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken mixture, garlic, and ginger. Stir frequently until chicken is cooked on the outside but still pink in the center (cut to test), about 3 minutes. Add coconut milk and broth and bring to a simmer. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer, cover, and cook to blend flavors, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in spinach, corn, tomatoes, water chestnuts, green onions, and lime juice and cook, stirring often, until spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro before serving from pan.