Slow-Cooker Chicken Thigh Hot Pot

Photo: Katie Webster

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A Chicken Stew with an Asian Accent
The flavors in this hearty chicken stew are inspired by a traditional Chinese hot pot and include shiitake mushrooms, minced garlic, five-spice powder and a bit of red-pepper flakes, among other ingredients. But the surprise addition is a quarter-cup of dark maple syrup, which adds a pleasing counterpoint to the spices. And while the syrup is typically made in the spring, its sweet taste and caramel color feel just right on a cool and crisp fall day; plus, using maple syrup in a meaty dish, as Katie Webster shows us how to in her new book, Maple, feels fresh and new.

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Thigh Hot Pot