Simplified Recipe • Best Chinese Roast Chicken • Air Fryer / Oven 五香烤鸡 Perfect Roasted Chicken!


This is a super simple way to make the perfect roast chicken – Chinese style, in an air fryer. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can use an oven to bake it too. You just need to marinate the chicken for at least 3 – 4 hours, then air fry it for 20 mins and voila! See the ingredient list below for your easy reference.

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Serves 2 – 3

2 tablespoons of Chinese white rice wine
2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
4 tablespoons of light soy sauce
1 teaspoon of five spice powder
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
4 cloves of garlic – lightly smashes
2 stalks of spring onion – tie into a knot
A few dashes of white pepper or black pepper
700g whole chicken

Bake at 180C for 20 mins.

Place the chicken breast side up first and airfry for 10 mins. Turn chicken over to the other side on the 10-min mark then continue to airfry for another 10 mins. Total 20 mins cooking time.

If you’re using an oven, please preheat your oven at the same baking temperature for at least 30 mins. Don’t forget to remove the chicken from the fridge 30 mins before baking.

Check if the chicken is done before serving.

To make the excess marinade into a dipping sauce to go with your chicken, simply add 1/3 cup of water, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and some cornstarch solution over fire.

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  1. Tried this recipe today. It's just awesome. The chicken is so tasty and the meat is moist on the inside too. It is the best roast chicken I have tasted by far.
    It's no exaggeration, you need to try it. Thank you Spice and Pans.

  2. This has now become my family favourite and I served it as a roast chicken rice. ThAnk you for giving me a new skill! The best cooking channel I have subscribed to date! Keep up the great work!

  3. Amazingly easy, your recipes and technique are the least "frightening" thus far. Easy to follow and understand and each dish tastes fabulous, some cooking times seem to turn out very dry or rubbery. I have the Ming Tsai's 5.4-quart air fryer maybe that's my problem though. Thanx

  4. I have bumped this to the front of the line. I literally just finished grinding up some 5 spice in my new mortar and pestle. The only thing I am surprised about is that you don't talk about cooking to specific internal temperatures. I like to undercook my chicken and let it finish while resting. That looks amazing but if its dry it would ruin the entire meal for me. Is that air fryer available outside of Asia? Thanks for sharing your techniques are very interesting.

  5. I made this recipe last week. I could only find a 6 lb chicken, which is twice the size of the one called for in your recipe. Unfortunately in the USA it is difficult to find a good chicken any more. Most chickens come from farmers that are sub-contracted by the company that owns the “frankenchicken” brand which produces grotesque chickens with huge breasts, so big that the chickens' legs can break under the weight. Your chicken in the video looks great – thighs and legs in proportion to the breast. The dark meat, of course, the tasty meat. Decades ago in the USA we could buy “young fryers” that were 3 pound birds like the one in your video. No more. I doubled the amount of marinade and had it in a plastic bag for a day and a half. In spite of the huge breasts on that bird, it was still a very, very tasty recipe and I will make it again. I had to oven roast it for over an hour, finishing it off at high heat to get a good color on it. Thank you again for posting. Really delicious!

  6. I’ve often wondered how effective and efficient air fryers were. After seeing this, and seeing how fast it cooked the chicken, Wow! I think I might buy one. Thank you for the recipe, your marinated chicken looks delicious! 🤩😍 Happy NewYear. 😊

  7. Criminy! That's one small chicken. 700 grams? Isn't that, like, a pound and a half? Seems like a typical chicken is more like three pounds. Am I wrong? Anyway, this recipe looks super primo and, yes, absolutely Asian, but if I ever make it, I'm gonna scale up the recipe for a three-pound chicken.


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