Total Time
2hrs 35mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is best if allowed to marinate overnight. Use any pieces of chicken that you like - skinless is best as the flavor really gets into the meat more. This recipe is from another 'Zaar recipe but that one used a slow cooker and pork.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine everything except the chicken in a large bowl.
  2. Add the chicken and mix well to ensure that all the pieces are covered with the sauce.
  3. Marinate at least 2 hours preferrably overnight.
  4. Grill until the chicken is cooked through about 20 to 30 minutes.
Most Helpful

4 5

Loved it & so did very picky friend! I ground 2 5spice stars finely in goffee/spice grinder & decreased hoisin sauce to 3T. Used the last of the ketchup - rinsed the bottle with an additional 1/4 cup of water to get it all. Marinated 14 thighs (with skin & bones) for about 2 hours & then grilled over indirect heat until done - tender meat & crispy skin, all mildly sweet & perfumed with 5 spice & ginger. Wonderful delicious recipe that I will use again. Thankyou SLColman.

4 5

This was quite delicious, but not what I'd call "char sui." It was way too strong in the hoisin, and not enough in the five-spice powder to have a real char sui taste. My family all liked it, and we definitely voted it a "keeper" recipe. I'm sure we'll make it again.

5 5

Great chicken! I dumped everything into a ziploc bag and left it in the fridge for a little over 24 hours. The chicken turned out nice and moist with lots of flavor. Excellent char siu recipe - thanks for posting!