Chinese Chicken

This recipe calls for you to invest in some Chinese 5-spice which is readily available in supermarkets. However if you have an asian or chinese supermarket near you buy it from there as it should be a lot cheaper & you will get more for your money!

The number of chicken thighs you will need depends on their size. The ones I used were quite big so 2 per person was fine, but go for whatever works for you & your budget just remember if you make extra to increase the marinade quantity. Serve as you wish with rice, noodles or salad. You could even make a big pile & just let everyone tuck in-enjoy!!


Serves 2 (easily multiplied) Approx 90p per person (based on marinade ingredients from store cupboard)

Prep time 5 minutes

Marinating 3-4 hours minimum

Cooking time 45 minutes




  • 4 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
  • For the marinade:
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2tbsp runny honey
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chinese 5-spice
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed (optional)



Place the chicken thighs in a freezer bag.

In a jug mix together the oil, soy sauce, honey, garlic (if using) & 5-spice.

Pour the marinade into the bag with the chicken & massage to get it well coated! Tie the bag at the top to secure & place in the fridge for a minimum of 3-4 hours or preferably overnight.

Preheat the oven to 180Fan/200C/Gas6.

Remove the chicken from the fridge & transfer from the bag to an ovenproof dish. Pour the marinade left in the bag over the chicken.

Cover the dish with foil & place in the oven for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes remove from the oven & take off the foil. Give the chicken a quick baste with the juices & place back in the oven for 15 minutes.

Serve with rice, salad or noodles.

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