Lemon & five-spice chicken

Give your chicken some zing, on the grill or BBQ

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 493
  • fat 30g
  • saturates 9g
  • carbs 7g
  • sugars 7g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 50g
  • salt 2.25g


  • 2 lemons
  • 3 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, shredded (no need to peel)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 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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