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chinese five spice honey chicken

Easy Chinese Five Spice Honey Chicken

Chinese Five Spice Honey Chicken. Tender juicy chicken thighs roasted in a delicious, savory, sweet five spice marinade. Easy to make at home and perfect as a main for a meal.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 thighs
Calories per serving 350 kcal


  • 1 lb bone in skin on chicken thighs (4 thighs)
  • 1 green onion finely chopped (optional for garnish)



  • Preheat oven to 355 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together Marinade ingredients as listed above.
  • Pat dry chicken thighs with clean paper towel. Transfer chicken thighs into a large bowl or a resealable plastic bag or Ziploc bag. Pour marinade over chicken thighs and mix until chicken is coated. Alternatively, if you're using a resealable bag, pour marinade over chicken and squeeze out excess air.
  • Marinate for 15 minutes or overnight for better results. If you're short on time, you can skip this step and go to Step 5 and it will be flavorful as is.
  • Fill a deep 9 x 13 inch baking pan with enough water to cover the base of the pan. Place a wire rack into pan. Place chicken thighs bone side down, skin side up on top of rack. Make sure the water isn't touching thighs. Reserve the remaining marinade as a basting sauce.
  • Bake for 10 minutes on the middle rack of the oven. Then remove from the oven and baste with remaining marinade.
  • Then bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and baste again.
  • Repeat the above step one more time.
  • Finally, bake again for another 15 minutes (with or without basting, choice is yours) until cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 F or until juices run clear. Garnish with finely chopped green onions (optional) and enjoy!


These chicken thighs will last 4 days store in a sealed container in the fridge. They can be reheated in the microwave or on the stove top for later. 
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Suggested Equipment & Products

Mixing bowl
Deep baking pan 9 x 13 inches
Large wire rack
Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 897mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Chinese
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