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A Chicken Stew with an Asian Twist
The flavors in this hearty chicken stew are inspired by a traditional Chinese hot pot, and there are plenty of familiar ingredients, such as shiitake mushrooms, minced garlic, five-spice powder and some red-pepper flakes. But there's a surprise addition: a quarter-cup of dark maple syrup, which adds a pleasing counterpoint to the spices and makes the meaty dish feel fresh and new.

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken-Thigh Hot Pot