Chinese-style chicken

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Serves: 4

By skymoo



  • 2 tbsp honey

  • 1kg chicken drumstick skin on

  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil

  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger grated

  • 2 tsp five-spice powder

  • 3 cloves garlic chopped

  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry


  1. Place all the marinade ingredients into a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the chicken and cover the bowl with clingfilm, then place in fridge to marinate for at least 15-20 minutes, ideally overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.
  3. Place the chicken drumsticks on a roasting tray and roast for 30 minutes or until the skin is golden and the chicken is cooked through. To check, pierce the drumstick at its thickest part, next to the bone. The juices should run clear.

Handy Hint

You could use skinless chicken if you want to reduce the calorie count and reduce the amount of oil you use. If you use 500g chicken, half the marinade ingredients.

Additional Information

  • Make Ahead

  • Kids can help

  • chinese

  • Chicken

  • Starter

  • Main Course

  • Dairy Free

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  • Moominmamma86 08/02/13 19:17

    To TurquoiseTranquility - According to bbc food, this is what goes into five spice: -spice powder is a powerfully scented mixture in which star anise and cinnamon dominate. It will also include spices such as fennel, cloves, nutmeg, Sichuan pepper and ginger (the name five-spice is symbolic rather than literal). Keep it on hand for making Vietnamese as well as Chinese dishes. Even if you don't have the exact stuff I imagine you could do a similar version.

  • TurquoiseTranquility 07/02/13 18:11

    Hi there, could someone please tell me how to make 5-spice powder? I don't really cook oriental food much (apart from veg fried rice once in a blue moon) so buying spice I'm not going to use much seems like a waste... I do have some star anise.. Also, what other alcohol can I use? Haven't got either rice wine or sherry... found a version of this recipe online which is almost identical but uses mirin which is some kind of very sweet rice wine. Many thanks

  • skymoo 30/07/09 21:44

    forgot to add that I had doubled up all the ingredients to compensate for using 1kg chicken

  • skymoo 30/07/09 21:42

    a big success, and top marks from 12 year daughter who normally whinges about anything slightly spicy!