Lemon & five-spice chicken

Lemon & five-spice chicken

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Give your chicken some zing, on the grill or BBQ

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal493
  • fat30g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre0g
  • protein50g
  • salt2.25g
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  • 2 lemons



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 3 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, shredded (no need to peel)



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • ½ tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • splash dry sherry or dry white wine
  • 8 chicken thighs


  1. Juice 1 lemon and cut the other into slices. Put in a large food bag along with remaining ingredients and shake well to coat. leave for 10 mins (or up to 24 hrs if making ahead).

  2. Heat the grill to high or fire up the barbecue. lift the chicken out of the marinade, shake off excess, then cook under a grill or on a barbecue for 20 mins, spooning over the marinade every few mins. Turn occasionally, until cooked through and dark golden brown. Great served with new potatoes and a green salad.

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10th Nov, 2016
This is a really tasty way to cook chicken. I oven-baked mine for about half an hour at about 180 because I'm not keen on grilling chicken which I find burns the outside and leaves the inside uncooked... Anyway, this is delicious and I'll do it again.
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16th Feb, 2015
Made this for tea tonight but used drumsticks instead,very tasty and yummy
30th Jul, 2013
This's going to be one of the new favourite of the house. Replaced sugar with honey and five-spice with all-spice and it worked great. Lovely sweet and sour flavours.
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Angie from Bidford
6th Jul, 2013
Had this on the BBQ last night with salad, onion rings & corn on the cob. More subtle than I expected but absolutely loved the flavours. Will definitely be using this again :)
21st Sep, 2011
This was lovely, a really tasty marinade. I popped the chicken into the oven instead of doing on the grill. It was lovey with homemade wedges & salad.
3rd Jun, 2011
I wasn't keen on this at all. The lemon totally overpowered everything! There are better recipes on this site.
23rd Jun, 2009
Great flavour and quick and easy to prepare. May also add a little bit of chilli next time to give it a bit of a kick!
17th Jun, 2009
Nice flavours from a quick preparation. As mentioned earlier, it needed 25 mins for the chicken to be cooked through
7th Jun, 2009
The marinade was delicious but the chicken definitely needs more like 25-30 mins to cook under the grill, rather than 20.
31st May, 2009
I used this recipe for chicken kebabs on the bbq and it went down a treat. Marinated for about 3 hours and the meat was particularly tender and tasty. My family enjoyed this.


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