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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 include shiitake mushrooms, minced garlic, five-spice powder and a bit of red-pepper flakes, among other ingredients. The addition you didn't see coming? A quarter-cup of dark maple syrup, which adds a pleasing counterpoint to the spices. Its sweet taste and caramel color feel just right on cold winter day.

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Thigh Hot Pot