Recipe By debbie
Published Sep 29th
Hoisin-Glazed Chicken Thighs
Prep 10m Cook 20m Additional - Ready In 30m
Servings 16 chicken thighs Calories 222.7

The Chinese, who know a thing or two about roasting sweet glazed meats and poultry, were the inspiration for this recipe’s five-spice rub and glossy glaze.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 16 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Combine five-spice powder, paprika, salt, garlic, pepper, and mustard in a bowl. Rub over both sides of chicken.
  2. 2 Combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and five-spice powder in a bowl to create the glaze.
  3. 3 Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  4. 4 Grill chicken, covered, turning once, until lightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Continue cooking, covered and turning and brushing with the glaze every 5 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink in the middle, an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 222.7
  • Carbohydrate 11 g
  • Cholesterol 70.8 mg
  • Fat 10.6 g
  • Fiber 0.6 g
  • Protein 20.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.6 g
  • Sodium 1267.5 mg
  • Sugar 6.6 g

Chef's Notes

Five-spice powder is a prepared seasoning that often includes star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel seeds, and pepper. It can be found in the spice or Asian food section of the grocery store.


  1. Very good. Great for summer grilling. FYI for those who neglected to read the entire recipe, five spice powder is an extremely common ingredient in Chinese cuisine and the container label tells you what the container contains, like soy sauce IS soy sauce, hoisin sauce IS hoisin sauce, and five spice powder IS five spice - Read more ...
  2. This recipe is excellent! It has become our favourite way to do chicken. With thighs and teenaged boys, it keeps things economical. Very good flavour. Don't listen to the sour review of the person who complained about allspice. There is NO allspice in this recipe!! Chinese five spice powder is not allspice and is what - Read more ...
  3. when posting recipe list all ingredients eg 'all spice' is vague not everyone wants to use bottled/packaged with unknown ingredients
  4. I used this recipe because i could not find my original recipe. I have made it twice once with the rub and once without. Definitely better without the rub, much less salty. I also used low sodium soy sauce. Will try to find my original recipe which was much better.
  5. I really enjoyed this recipe. It tasted like a good autumn meal with the Chinese five spice powder. I halved the rub & glaze ingredients and used on just 2 chicken thighs. Will definitely make this again.
  6. Great tasting recipe and definitely adding to my menu rotation. Update: I no longer have grilling weather. For those of you in the same boat, I did the following: baked in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, turned over and baked another 20 minutes. Then reduce oven to 350 degrees and put on glaze and - Read more ...
  7. Very simple recipe and best of all the entire family of 7 loved them. We will make again for sure.
  8. Made as written and these turned our great! The ginger was a little overpowering for me so I'd leave it out next time.