Sweet and Spicy Plum Chicken

I am always looking for a quick and easy chicken recipe for dinner.  That is why when I saw this recipe for 1-2-3 Chicken aka Tangy-Sweet Plum-Spiced Chicken posted on Nobel Pig, and read the description, I knew that I had to give it a try.  Cathy's blog has been one that I have followed for a long time.  She has great recipes and a great sense of humor, too!

Anyway, when I saw this come across my Facebook feed, I knew that I had to try it right away.  Who wouldn't like a sweet and spicy plum sauce for their chicken?  The only thing I did differently was to use chunks of chicken breast as I didn't have thighs in the freezer.  It was a tasty meal and one that I will repeat...it is easy as 1-2-3!

Sweet and Spicy Plum Chicken
adapted from Noble Pig

1 1/4 lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts cut into 3 pieces (chunks)
1/2 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice powder
green onions, chopped (more for garnish)
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup plum jam
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a bowl, toss the chicken thighs together with Chinese five-spice powder and salt.

In a nonstick skillet, heat extra-virgin olive oil until hot. Add chicken thighs and cook 5 minutes on each side, until browned and juices run clear. Transfer thighs to a plate; cover to keep warm.

In drippings in skillet, on medium heat, cook chopped green onions until browned, about three to four minutes.

Stir in chicken broth, plum jam and balsamic vinegar; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium and reduce down until sauce is syrupy; about four minutes. Return the chicken thighs to the skillet and coat with the sauce. Garnish with green onion.


Finding plum jam wasn't as easy as it sounds.  I was happy that I planned ahead.  I made four different stops before I finally got on-line to see who might carry it!   


  1. I'm as surprised as you were that plum jam would be so hard to find! Sounds like a good recipe though:@)


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