Five Spice Powder is commonly used in Vietnamese and Chinese kitchen. It increases the flavor of the final dish. In this ingredient, we marinade twice. First with orange juice, then second with the marinade ingredients. It’s the secret of success:

Tenderizing with orange juice. The orange juice has an enzyme that works as a natural tenderizer for the chicken or meat in general and also develops a pleasant citrus flavor.

A second marinade: Garlic, ginger, five spice power, honey, soy sauce and fish sauce from the base for an addional marinade. Sesame oil is also used to keep the chicken moist during grilling.

Recipe for Five Spice Chicken Wings – Cánh Gà Nướng Ngũ Vị Hương
3-4 lbs chicken wings
1/2 cup of orange juice
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp honey or syrup
2 tsp five spice powder
2 inch fresh ginger, minced
1 big clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tbsp shaoxing (Chinese rice wine)
1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil

Rinse the chicken wings, pat it dry and toss the chicken wings, orange juice in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Remove 1/2 of orange juice from the chicken, marinade the chicken with fish sauce, soy sauce, salt, honey, five spice powder, ginger, garlic, pepper, wine and sesame oil. Toss it well and let the chicken wings stand in the sauce for 1-3 hours to develop the flavors.

Preheat a grill to a medium heat. Remove chicken from the marinade and place on the grill. Brush occassionaly with reserved marinade during the cooking, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Serves 3-4.

The weather is getting warm. Let’s take the gas grill out and start grilling! 


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