Peking-style chicken

Peking-style chicken

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins Plus marinating time


Serves 6
Give the Sunday roast an Asian twist with this crispy-skinned Peking chicken recipe

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal235
  • fat14g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre0g
  • protein21g
  • salt2.26g


  • 1 orange



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  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

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  • 3 tbsp dry sherry
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • thumb-sized piece fresh root ginger
  • 1½ kg whole chicken



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  • 2 tbsp honey



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  1. Pare the zest from the orange in thick strips then mix with the soy sauce, sherry and fivespice powder in a large food bag. Bash the garlic cloves and ginger with the back of a knife to bruise them, then add to the bag and give everything a good mix. Put the chicken in the bag, rub the marinade all over the flesh then leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 3 hrs, overnight ideally.

  2. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Remove the chicken from the marinade (keep it for later). Halve the orange and put both halves inside the cavity along with the bashed ginger and garlic from the marinade. With the chicken sitting on a rack in the sink, pour a kettleful of boiling water over it. Pat completely dry with kitchen paper. Set the chicken on its wire rack over a roasting tray and roast for 50 mins per kg or until the juices run clear when the thigh is pierced with a skewer.

  3. Strain the marinade into a pan along with the honey. Bring up to the boil then simmer for a couple of mins. Just before serving, turn the oven up as high as it will go. Brush some of the marinade all over the chicken. Return to the oven and cook until the chicken is crisp and browned. This will only take a couple of mins. Leave to rest, uncovered, for 5 mins. Serve with the remaining warmed marinade, some plain rice and bok choi or spinach stirfried with a little garlic and oyster sauce.

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29th Mar, 2020
Didn’t have sherry so substituted red wine and it was amazing
7th Mar, 2011
I did this for duck and the skin didn't go crispy - maybe it is because duck is so fatty? Will try this again with chicken
8th Jun, 2009
This was very successful, however I served with singapore noodles which were probably too spicy as they masked the delicate flavour of the chicken. Chicken was very tasty cold too.
17th Apr, 2008
Fantastic recipe have used on duck too. Love the skin.
13th Mar, 2008
2nd Mar, 2008
Really enjoyed this dish. Skin went really crisp.
15th Feb, 2008
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25th Jan, 2008
Easy, to make and really tasty. My kids loved it too. It went really well with the stir fried broccoli and spring greens with chilli recipe too.
2nd Dec, 2007
Really good. A Sunday roast with a difference. Only drawback was that turning the oven up so high caused a smoky kitchen!
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