5-Spice Spring Chicken

We simply love this easy Chinese recipe for young chicken which results in a tender aromatic meal when accompanied by stir-fried young vegetables and Asian greens.


Cooking Methods

  • Roasting

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cooking Time

50 minutes



    2 x baby chickens


    30ml honey
    5ml Chinese 5-spice powder
    60ml light soy sauce



    Prepare chickens in advance by patting insides and outside dry and leaving in fridge overnight to dry out; this results in a more crispy skin when cooked.


    Combine marinade ingredients.
    Preheat oven to 200 deg C.
    Brush chickens liberally with marinade and place on a wire rack in a roasting pan; pour water into pan to prevent the pan drippings from burning.
    Roast for about 30 minutes until skin becomes browned, basting with marinade regularly; reduce heat to 170 deg C and continue to roast until completely cooked, about 20 minutes.
    Remove from oven and allow to stand for a few minutes before serving.
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