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

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.

Buster's friend November 11, 2007

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.

SheCooksToConquer October 02, 2007

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!

Chilicat August 05, 2007