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Star Anise Mango Chicken Stir Fry

January 23, 2011

Star Anise……. I keep hearing about this spice on the food network and in food magazines.  It is a flavorful spice that is mostly used in Chinese and Indian dishes, and is a common ingredient in Chinese five-spice.  Star Anise smells of black licorice – yuck!  But the flavor and smell it leaves behind after it is incorporated into a dish is fantastic.  It can be used to enhance the flavor of meat, used in tea or even for baking. Some believe that it is a good remedy for rheumatism and to aid digestion.

I was curious already, but when a friend and subscriber to the blog asked me to cook with it, I was definitely up for the challenge!


  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons  ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 medium red bell pepper, sliced or chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 large mangoes, peeled and thinly sliced


  1. Combine chicken, low-sodium soy sauce, pepper, and cornstarch and marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Combine sauce ingredients in a separate bowl: cider vinegar, ketchup,  sugar, and water and set aside.
  3. Break off pieces of star anise and discard woody body, keep the seeds.  Gently press seeds with knife to crack lightly.
  4. In non-stick skillet (or wok) heat oil and star anise over high heat. Add chicken and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until chicken just turns opaque.
  5. Add red pepper, garlic and shallots and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  6. Add sauce ingredients and stir to mix until sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
  7. Add mangoes and mix gently for 1 minute until heated through.

May add mushrooms to this dish if you like!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Kristine Waggoner permalink*
    January 23, 2011 6:48 pm

    I love that picture!

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