Foodie Fridays: Sweet Five Spice Chicken Wings

Want to try a new spin on chicken wings? Try these Chinese five spice wings, they’re sticky, sweet and finger licking good.

You can typically find Chinese Five Spice in the ethnic aisles of the grocery store or at bulk food stores. If you can’t find it in your local stores, I’ve attached a recipe to make your own five spice mix.


  • 24 small chicken wings/thighs
  • 2 tbsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey + 1/2 tbsp for later
  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • cayenne pepper (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Five Spice Powder (makes 2 tbsp)

    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, toasted and ground
    • 1 teaspoon ground star anise
    • 1 teaspoon szechuan peppercorns, toasted and ground


  1. Mix Five Spice, maple syrup, soy sauce, sugar and oil together in large glass bowl. Coat chicken thoroughly and allow to marinate 4-5 hours in refrigerator (overnight if possible)
  2. Remove chicken from fridge 30 minutes before cooking, this will allow the meat to cook more thoroughly and evenly.
  3. Heat up grill pan (non-stick pan will work too), medium high heat. Coat grill in oil to prevent chicken from sticking.
  4. Place chicken on pan, skin side down, to release some of the fat and to form a crust. Once browned, put 1/2 tbsp of water onto the pan and cover with lid, the steam will help the meat cook thoroughly and prevent burning.
  5. After 5 mins, remove lid and flip chicken until browned.
  6. With the remaining maple syrup, mix with 1/2 tbsp water and cayenne pepper. Brush mixture onto chicken, flip chicken, and brush  the other side.
  7. Grill chicken until nice grill marks appear on the skin. Plate and serve.


Let me know what you guys think in the comments!


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