From Solo Lisa's Kitchen: Salt & Five Spice Chicken

A couple of readers were impressed enough with my attempt at salt and five spice chicken to request the recipe, so here it is! It's very simple but the results are tasty. The recipe comes from Donna Hay's cookbook New Food Fast; parenthetical comments are mine.

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chilli oil
  • pinch Chinese five spice powder
  • 400g chicken pieces (I bought about 2 lb worth of chicken thighs, so I approximated and doubled the quantities in this recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt (I used regular table salt)
  • 1 teaspoon five spice powder, extra
Place the lemon juice, chilli oil and the pinch of five spice powder in a bowl and combine. Add the chicken, stir to coat and allow to stand for 5 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (400 Fahrenheit). Place a large frying pan over high heat. Add the chicken pieces, skin-side down, and cook for 2 minutes each side or until crisp and golden. Transfer to a baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through. (Because I used so much chicken, it actually took me about 20-25 minutes for the pieces to cook thoroughly.)

Combine the salt and extra five spice powder. To serve, place the chicken and small piles of the salt and five spice mixture on plates. Serve rice and greens on the side. To eat, dip the chicken pieces into the salt and five spice mixture. Serves 2.


  1. Why why why do you torture us !! hahahaha I actually had some delicious chicken from the Lawson convenience store yesterday! ahaha no really it was quite good. Not like yours though I'm sure. Ashtanga yoga is the yoga Madonna does It's all about doing quick multiple poses using a special breath cleansing breathing technique. It's great but I'm always so sore after! What's hatha yoga? How do you have time to do all this? haha

  2. Yum looks delicious, will try this when I eventually go back to uni!

  3. thank u for sharing! i'm going to make this soon cuz it looks soooo good.

  4. ummmm this looks delicious. why did i see this post at dinner time?

  5. Thanks for sharing the recipe - if I remember correctly, you got the thumbs up from the family about this dish. Have they made any requests for a second order?

  6. Elisse, they haven't asked me to make it again, but I think that's because I'm rarely home long enough to sit down and chill out these days, let alone cook. I've had to designate specific nights "cooking nights" just to keep this resolution going. Scheduling this week's cooking night is going to be tough because I need to clean too. :-/

  7. Ohhh that looks so good! I can't wait to try this-I'm going Vegan this week...but next week! Lol

  8. I really should know better when it comes to food posts NOT to read them before I sleep because I get all hungry. TOO LATE! hahahhaa

    The chicken looks SO GOOD! I shall print out the recipe and give it to me mum... hehehehe jk!

  9. My grandma loves using five spice on just about anything. Bet it was delicious.


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