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Orange Broiled Chicken with 5 Spice

Orange Broiled Chicken with Chinese 5 Spice. A one hour, flavour infused chicken dinner prepared in the same way as our very popular Lemon Broiled Chicken.

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Orange Broiled Chicken with Chinese 5 Spice

Like our Triple Chocolate  Cake I added last week, this is another delicious recipe that was developed for my second cookbook. That was  Rock Recipes 2 published back in 2015.

It is another in a series of recipes I have coming in the months ahead which have been previously unseen online.

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People familiar with my first Rock Recipes cookbook will likely recognize this recipe as a variation of the Broiled Lemon Chicken that appears in that volume.

I’ve grown to appreciate easy broiled chicken recipes even more since I published that first book.

Yes, this recipe is remarkably similar in method to that original recipe. However, the orange and fragrant five-spice powder provide this chicken dinner  with a completely unique flavour of its own. 

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Frozen chicken can be used in a pinch but I find fresh chicken is much juicer when roasted or broiled.

Orange Broiled Chicken, Quick & Easy

I include this recipe under the quick and easy banner because, it can be accomplished in little more than an hour.

Speed up the process by gathering the ingredients the day before, or the morning of the day you plan to cook it. Make sure the chicken pieces are trimmed well and ready to go quickly into the oven as well.

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Orange Broiled Chicken with Chinese 5 Spice

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Yield: 4 servings or more

Orange Broiled Chicken with Chinese 5 spice

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Orange Broiled Chicken with Chinese 5 Spice. A one hour, flavour infused chicken dinner prepared in the same way as our very popular Lemon Broiled Chicken.


  • 3 lb whole chicken cut in pieces, (or about 3 lbs chicken pieces of any sort)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme or 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme
  • 3/4 cup Juice of 2 large or 3 small oranges, reserve the peels for the roasting pan


  1. Wash your chicken pieces well and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to a large shallow pan. It is very important not to crowd the chicken pieces in the pan. They should not touch each other at all and should have at least a half inch of space between the pieces for good heat circulation and even browning. If necessary, us two smaller pans in order not to crowd the pieces together.
  3. To the pan add the olive oil, salt, pepper, Chinese five spice powder, thyme and orange juice.
  4. Toss together well, massaging the chicken pieces well with the orange juice, oil and seasonings.
  5. Spread out the pieces in the pan.
  6. Add the orange peel pieces to the pan as well; the roasted orange pieces add extra flavor to the pan drippings.
  7. Because individual broilers vary greatly you will have to use some judgment in the cooking method and time to suit your individual broiler. I broiled this chicken on high but kept the pan on the second lowest rack from the bottom. Watch the chicken carefully so that it does not brown too quickly. If it does start to brown too quickly, lower the rack even further or if possible, turn the temperature down on your broiler. If your broiler is temperature controlled I would set it at about 400 to 425 degrees F.
  8. It is important to turn the chicken several times during the broiling time. I turned the pieces about 4 times during the 35-40 minute cooking time.
  9. Use a meat thermometer to take a reading from the center of the largest pieces of chicken and when the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F remove the pieces from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  10. Skim the excess fat from the pan drippings and serve over the chicken.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

4 servings or more

Amount Per Serving Calories 586Saturated Fat 9gCholesterol 174mgSodium 463mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 57g

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