Low-Carb Chinese Five Spice Chicken Recipe

Chicken with five spice powder
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Total Time: 55 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Servings: 6 (1 thigh each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

232 calories
18g fat
2g carbs
16g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 (1 thigh each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 232
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 1082mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 16g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 239mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

This low-carb Chinese five spice chicken recipe is one of our favorites to grill but it can also be baked. And, yes, it's true: this recipe has zero carbohydrates.

The five spices are a blend you can get in the supermarket. (Can you guess what they are?)

Take note, the chicken must marinate for at least 4 hours (or overnight), so plan accordingly. 

A favorite side dish for this chicken is an Asian Broccoli Stir Fry.


  • 6 medium chicken thighs
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup oil, such as light olive oil or peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 2 fresh garlic cloves, pressed)
  • 2 teaspoons five spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry


Make the Marinade

In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup oil, such as light olive oil or peanut oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 fresh pressed garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons five-spice powder, 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger and 1 tablespoon dry sherry, and use as a marinade.

Marinate Chicken

  1. In a large plastic or ceramic container with a lid, place the 3 pounds chicken.

  2. Pour the marinade over all the pieces, turning until all the pieces are coated evenly.

  3. Cover and marinate at least 1 hour, and up to overnight.

Cook Chicken

Bake in a 375-degree F. oven (basting once or twice), or grill, for about 45 minutes or until done.

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