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

  • In a large plastic or ceramic container with a lid, place the 3 pounds chicken. Pour the marinade over all the pieces, turning until all the pieces are coated evenly. 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.

    More Low-Carb Recipes with Asian Flair

    If you liked this recipe, you might also like these other Asian-inspired recipes:

    • Moo Shu Chicken Recipe: I have a sugar-free plum sauce to serve with my version of Moo Shu Chicken because hoisin can have a lot of sugar. You can substitute pork for the chicken if you'd like.
    • Low-Carb Asian Noodle Dish with Pork RecipeThis can be made with shirataki noodles or tofu noodles. More about these noodles. And chicken can be used in place of the pork.
    • Low-Carb Thai-Style Chicken Salad RecipeThis is an excellent way to use up grilled or rotisserie chicken. It is crisp, refreshing and light, and its sweet-and-sour dressing adds a real zing. The only oil in this salad comes from the Thai fish sauce and the Asian chili sauce, and that is negligible.

    Foods to Avoid

    • Rice, including fried rice and steamed rice
    • Noodles, including chow mein, lo mein, and chow fun
    • Wontons, including the deep-fried type sometimes on tables
    • Breaded meats, such as in General Tso’s Chicken
    • Egg rolls

    Sauces to Avoid

    • Sweet and sour sauce
    • Duck sauce (the orangish sauce for egg rolls in some places)
    • Plum sauce (often served with moo shu)
    • Oyster sauce
    • Hoisin sauce

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