Chinese Roasted Quail

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Juicy, tender quail your whole family will enjoy. Double the recipe as they will surely ask for seconds and thirds! Serve with jasmine rice or a crisp green salad with a tangy vinaigrette dressing.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
12 quail halves


  • ¾ cup water

  • ½ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup oyster sauce

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon xa xiu powder

  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • 6 whole quails, halved lengthwise


  1. Whisk together water, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, xa xiu powder, and five-spice powder in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add halved quails and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Remove quail from the marinade, shake off excess, and place cut-sides up on a broiler pan. Discard the remaining marinade.

  4. Broil in the preheated oven until juices run clear, about 20 minutes. Turn on the broiler and flip quail so cut-sides are facing down. Broil until skin is browned and slightly crispy, about 5 minutes, keeping a constant eye on the oven to prevent burning. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

You can find oyster sauce, xa xiu powder, and Chinese five-spice powder in any Asian grocery store. If you have trouble finding quail, check the Asian grocery store's freezer section.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

360 Calories
20g Fat
10g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 360
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 124mg 41%
Sodium 2000mg 87%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 8mg 42%
Potassium 425mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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