Chinese Roast Chicken

Chinese Roast Chicken

A delicious light dinner or the perfect meal prep for work. This chicken is full of flavour and will become your go to Chinese chicken recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Tini


  • 6 Chicken thighs - skin on


  • 3 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • 3 Garlic cloves minced

Basting sauce

  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Dark soy sauce


  • In a large bowl, mix all your marinade ingredients together. Once combined, add in the chicken thighs and marinate preferably overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 200c and set to fan.
  • Cover a large baking tray with foil and baking paper. This makes the clean up much easier. Place baking rack on the tray then place your chicken thighs.
  • Cook the thighs in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the chicken and with a brush, baste the chicken with the basting sauce.
  • Put the chicken back in the oven and cook for another 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and let the chicken rest for 5 - 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Serve with rice and some stir fried Asian greens.


You can use breast and drumsticks, just make sure the chicken still has the skin on. This will prevent the chicken from drying out in the oven.

About this Recipe:

Do you love Chinese Roast Duck or Char sui pork? If so, this is the recipe for you. This Chinese Roast Chicken is the equivalent of Chinese roast duck and pork. It is delicious and will have you craving more. This recipe is super simple and the results are truly amazing. Have this chicken with some rice and Asian greens or wrapped in a little pancake topped off with veggies and Hoisin sauce.

How to stir fry Asian greens?

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This chicken may take more time to prepare than your other recipes, but the extra time is well worth it. The most important step of this recipe is to marinate the chicken for as long as possible. If you don’t have time, the minimum time should be 4 hours.

Make sure you rest your chicken once you remove it from the oven. This way you won’t burn your fingers while slicing your perfectly cooked Chinese Roast Chicken.

As you can see from the below picture, the chicken is perfectly cooked and the skin has become nicely caramelised. This chicken is full of flavour.

Slicing the Chicken

Chinese Roast Chicken dinner

Serve as a lovely light dinner or if you’re like me and like to mix up your work lunches, you can also meal prep this recipe.

Want more Asian meal prep ideas? Try out my Korean bibimbap or Lemon Grass Chicken

Chinese Roast Chicken mealprep

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