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Chinese Five Spice Chicken

Updated: Apr 15, 2018

Chinese five spice is a mixture of different spices primarily used in Asian cuisine. It usually includes five of the following: cloves, sichuan pepper, fennel, star anise, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, nutmeg. What I love about it is the diversity of flavours. It's a combination of sweet, spicy, smoky etc. It is used to create one of my fave Chinese dishes BBq Pork. Yum!

I didn't bother to buy a pack of Chinese Five Spice powder, instead I just used the spices I had in my cupboard to make my own combo. I prefer to do that because I want to control how much of each spice is used. I've added a sticky glaze to complement the dry rub.


3 - 4 chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and black pepper

My Chinese Five Spice ingredients:

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 ground cloves

1 1/2 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp ground star anise

1 1/2 tsp cumin

Spiced Honey Glaze ingredients:

1/3 cup water

1 Tablespoon soya sauce

1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar

2-3 whole cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup Tablespoon honey

pinch of salt

  1. Preheat oven 375 degreesF.

  2. Combine all the Five Spice ingredients in a bowl and coat the chicken thoroughly.

  3. Grease and heat an ovensafe pan over low-medium heat then cook the chicken breasts on both sides over for 4 mins . I use an ovensafe cast iron grill pan but feel free to use any oven safe pan.

  4. In a small saucepan simmer the sauce ingredients over a medium heat till reduced and thickened.

  5. Brush the chicken generously with the sauce and complete cooking in the oven for about 20 - 25 minutes.

  6. Remove chicken from the oven. Rest it for at least 3 minutes then slice each piece.

  7. Serve hot with the sauce drizzled all over.


4 - 5 servings


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