Authentic Chinese Five Spice Roast Chicken

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Recipe by enigma256

This is a recipe from my mother (who yes is Chinese). I loved this chicken as a kid and couldn't believe how simple this recipe is. This comes out so crispy and delicious. Prep time does not include time needed for the seasoning to set.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make five-spice salt: Combine 5 tablespoons salt with 1 tablespoon five-spice seasoning. Place five spice salt in a dry skillet. Cook & stir over low heat 3-4 minutes.
  2. Rub salt mixture (1 teaspoon five spice salt per lb. of chicken) on inside and outside of chicken. Cover and refrigerate seasoned chicken for 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 500 F.
  4. Insert green onions into chicken cavity.
  5. Place chicken, breast side down, on a rack sprayed with nonstick cooking spray in a shallow roasting pan.
  6. Roast chicken for 35 minutes. Turn chicken over and continue roasting another 20-25 minutes or until chicken tests done. (Chicken skin should be crisp).
  7. Serve slices of chicken hot or chilled with plum sauce.

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