Rub salt all over the chicken. Let it stay for 10 minutes.
Heat the cooking oil in a wide cooking pot.
Pan-fry both sides of the chicken in medium heat for 5 minutes per side.
Scoop out the excess oil. Add the garlic and cook until light brown.
Pour-in the soy sauce and chicken broth. Stir and let boil.
Put-in the 5 spice powder and star anise. Cover and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes. Note: Add water if needed.
Add-in the sugar and ground black pepper. Stir.
Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve.
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