Sticky Chinese Five Spice Chicken

Glossy, sticky, sweet… this simple marinade turns everyday, oven-baked chicken into what dreams are made of. To amp up the flavour even more, leave it overnight so soak up all that goodness. Gorgeous!


Sticky Chinese Five Spice Chicken

10 minutes + marinating
15 minutes

4 skin-on, boneless chicken thighs (or any skin-on chicken pieces)

3 tbsp hoisin

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp dark soy sauce

3 garlic cloves, finely grated

2 tsp Homemade Chinese Five Spice (you can use store-bought too)

400g Chinese broccoli (gai larn)

steamed rice to serve


Basting Sauce:

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp dark soy sauce

  • Step 1

    In a large bowl, combine the hoisin, honey, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, garlic and Chinese five spice. Add the chicken pieces and mix until well coated. Marinate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

  • Step 2

    Preheat oven to 180°C/356°F (fan-forced).

  • Step 3

    Line a large baking tray or roasting dish with foil. Top with a baking rack. Place the chicken pieces onto the baking rack. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes.

  • Step 4

    While the chicken is cooking, steam the Chinese broccoli in a bamboo steamer. Or alternatively, place the broccoli in a microwave safe bowl, add a ¼ cup water. Then cover with cling film and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Leave covered until ready to serve.

  • Step 5

    Mix the basting sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.

  • Step 6

    Remove the chicken from the oven and brush the top of the pieces with the basting sauce. Place back into the oven to cook for a further 5 minutes or until cooked through.

  • Step 7

    Serve with steamed Chinese broccoli and rice.

    – Find more of our best chicken thigh recipes here!

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What our customers say

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June 16, 2023

Fantastic recipe. I used chicken drumsticks as they were only $5/kg instead of $24/kg and they were delicious. Everyone loved them and I’ll definitely be doing them again.

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Tasty chicken

May 26, 2023

Love this recipe but I also cook it for longer as 10+4 mins is not enough for my liking.. Marion’s recipes never disappoint🌟

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-The next day cold flavor...

April 19, 2023

I tried cooking it two ways as I done have a convection oven. In the oven under 450F 20min 4min under high broil and high heat smoker 450f 30min, neither produced a crispy crust. Good flavor though and better flavor the next day cold. Try this for a flavorful cold chicken salad.

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