Chinese Five-Spice Chicken Wings

Grilled chicken wings sit in a baking pan with grass in the background.

Sticky and sweet, Chinese Five-Spice Chicken Wings have an Asian influence with soy sauce, ginger, and five-spice powder. Perfect as an appetizer or a snack during game day, no one can resist these wings. Make sure to have plenty of napkins on hand when eating them – you’ll need them!

Five-spice powder is a mixture of spices used in Chinese cooking. You can also find it used in Hawaiian and Vietnamese cuisine. The five flavors represent the five traditional Chinese elements of earth, metal, water, wood, and fire.

If you don’t have Chinese five-spice powder, you can make a quick substitute. You can mix together ground cinnamon, star anise, peppercorns, and cloves. Try mixing in a bit of ground ginger or fennel, if you like, too. 

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A white plate of grilled chicken wings with a noodle side dish sits on a white table.
Perfect as an appetizer or a snack during game day, no one can resist these wings. Make sure to have plenty of napkins on hand – you’ll need them!
A pan of raw chicken wings marinates in a Chinese five-spice powder sauce.
Add the marinade ingredients and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight, turning occasionally. 
Grilled chicken wings sit in a baking pan with grass in the background.
Place the chicken wings in a camp oven and cook for 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Transfer the wings to the grill and brush with the glaze.

Chinese Five-Spice Chicken Wings Recipe

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Grilled chicken wings sit in a baking pan with grass in the background.
Sticky and sweet, Chinese Five-Spice Chicken Wings have an Asian influence with soy sauce, ginger, and five-spice powder.
Preparation 40 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseAppetizer
InfluenceAsian
DifficultySeasoned
MethodBake
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Ingredients

Marinade

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup cooking sake or rice wine
  • 2 green onions cut into strips
  • 2 inch piece ginger peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon cooking sake or rice wine

Equipment

  • wok

Directions

Marinade

  • Clean the chicken wings thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels. Place the wings in a sealable plastic bag or shallow bowl.  
  • Add the sake, green onions, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, and Chinese five-spice powder.
  • Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight, turning occasionally. 

Glaze

  • Preheat a grill to 375 degrees F (200 degrees C). 
  • Combine the water, honey, soy sauce, mirin, and sake in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until it thickens slightly, 5 to 10 minutes. 
  • Remove the wings from the marinade and discard the marinade.
  • Place the chicken wings in a camp oven and cook for 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Transfer the wings to the grill and brush with the glaze. Grill for 5 minutes, glaze, then grill for an additional 5 minutes until the wings are slightly charred. Serve immediately. 

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 879mgCalcium: 26mgVitamin C: 2mgVitamin A: 241IUSugar: 14gFiber: 1gPotassium: 267mgCholesterol: 94mgCalories: 380kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 6gFat: 21gProtein: 24gCarbohydrates: 18gIron: 2mg

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