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Amazing Five-Spice Chicken Recipe

Posted on 11 January 2012 by admin

Chinese five-spice is often used to marinate meat or seafood for a few hours to provide the dish with a very special, unique and exotic aroma.  A teaspoon of this spice sprinkled onto stir-fried vegetables can help to further enhance and provide the dish with a sweet tangy flavor.  This Chinese five-spice powder is a blend of star anise, ground cloves, licorice root, fennel and cinnamon.  In fact it is also quite similar to the Indian’s garam masala spice mixture.

It can be produced with some variations and be easily made at home provided there is a balance of flavors, tastes and aromas in the spice mix.  There must be a perfect balance of tartness or spiciness, saltiness, sweetness and sourness.  Besides the variation mention above, another variation may use a mixture of fennel, cloves, cassia, star anise and Sichuan pepper.  Yet another variation is a combination of ginger, cloves, star anise and cinnamon.  White pepper and salt can also be part of the mixture.

Chinese five-star spice can easily be found on the shelves of Asian grocery shops but for those who may not have easy access to this spice, this five-spice chicken recipe is actually using ordinary spices that can provide you with a flavor that is approximately close to the Chinese five-spice flavor.


1 ½ kg chicken, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon crushed anise seed
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Black pepper to taste


Place the chicken pieces, soy sauce, onion, garlic and ginger root into a bowl and mix well.  Set aside to marinate for about 4 hours.  Drain well and arrange the chicken pieces in a shallow greased baking pan.
Place cinnamon, allspice, anise seed, cloves and black pepper in another bowl and mix well.
Sprinkle the mixed spices over the chicken and place in the oven to bake at 325°F for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender.  Make sure to turn the chicken once.

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