Fabulous Five Spice Chicken


This dish is great on the BBQ or cooked in the broiler at home. The secret is the fresh ginger, star anise, and a touch of sherry.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins
4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons sherry

  • 2 shallots

  • 6 cloves garlic

  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger

  • 2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder

  • 1 serrano pepper

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground anise seed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken parts


  1. In a blender or food processor, blend the soy sauce, oil, sherry, shallots, garlic, ginger, Chinese five-spice powder, serrano pepper, brown sugar, anise, and salt until smooth. Place the chicken in a large bowl. Pour the blended mixture over the chicken, cover, and marinate at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.

  2. Preheat grill for high heat.

  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Discard marinade. Place chicken on the grill, and cook 10 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear.


The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

546 Calories
34g Fat
18g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 546
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 141mg 47%
Sodium 1146mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 499mg 11%

* 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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