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With spring here, enjoy the wonderful taste of baked chicken marinated in honey, soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger. This combination blends perfectly to bring out the full flavor of the chicken.

Produced in a natural factory, it's no wonder that honey has been called nature's perfect sweetener. Honey gives the dish a mouth-watering natural sweetness. As incredible as it seems, the bees in a colony must visit 2 million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles to make one pound of honey.

The soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger give the dish a decidedly Asian taste. The earthy quality of the soy sauce softens the sweetness of the honey. When buying soy sauce, opt for the naturally brewed, reduced-sodium variety. Also, when purchasing fresh ginger look for a plump root, free of blemishes and wrinkles. A small amount of sesame oil adds its unique nutty flavor.

This recipe is easy to prepare and marinating the chicken hours ahead allows it to absorb more flavor.

For a great meal simply pair Asian Chicken with Honey and Ginger with brown or wild rice.

You also can serve baked winter squash and a green salad. Add some color to the salad with cherry tomatoes, perhaps some sliced cucumber and shredded carrots. Dress it with a light drizzle of olive oil and wine vinegar. This is an elegant and delicious dinner.