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Chinese Five Spice Chicken Thighs

These Chinese Five Spice Chicken Thighs are a quick and easy dinner that is naturally gluten free, paleo friendly and healthy! Spicy, sweet and so tasty!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 305kcal
Author Taylor


  • 2 Lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Tbsp Chinese 5 spice
  • Sea salt
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken broth (not reduced sodium)
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fresh ginger, minced
  • Cilantro, For garnish


  • Remove any large chunks of fat from the chicken thighs and pat them dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle half the 5 spice over the top of the thighs, rubbing in. Sprinkle with salt. Then, flip the thighs and rub in the rest of the 5 spice and sprinkle with salt.
  • Heat the oil in large non-stick frying pan (not a cast iron skillet. That's just for pictures!) on medium high heat. Place the chicken thighs into the hot oil and sear until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  • While the thighs sear, combine the rest of the ingredients in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, whisking together.
  • Flip the chicken, reduce the heat to low and pour in the honey mixture. Cover the pan and cook until an instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the chicken reads 165 degrees F, about 5-15 minutes depending on how thick your chicken is.
  • Once cooked, uncover and simmer until the sauce is thick, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro and DEVOUR!


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.4g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 10.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.8g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 64mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 0.3mg | Iron: 5.3mg