Zero-Carb Chinese Five Spice Chicken Recipe

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Total Time 55 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 45 min
Yield 6 servings Zero-Carb Chicken

This Zero-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.


  • Chicken:
  • 3 pounds chicken (any combination -- ideal if they are similar sizes -- works great for thighs, but I've done a variety)
  • Marinade:
  • 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.
  1. 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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