Five Spice Grilled Malaysian Chicken

Indian Garam Masala is one of my favorite ingredients that you will always find in my kitchen but then one time I was reading about other countries and the spices they use. I stumbled upon Malaysian five-spice powder which is quite similar to our Garam Masala. It’s a mixture of star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, and Sichuan pepper. It has a great aroma which gives nice elevation to the flavor and scent to the meat.

This is so simple and so easy to make that even a 10 year old kid can cook and impress the whole clan. You can use a skillet, grill it, or bake it in the oven, it will taste perfect.

Five-Spice Powder

Ingredients Quantity
Ground Cinnamon 1 tsp
Ground Cloves 1 tsp
Ground Star Anise 1 tsp
Fennel Seed 1 tsp  (Toasted and Ground)
Szechuan Peppercorns 1 tsp  (Toasted and Ground)
Five Spice via
Ingredients Quantity
Chicken Thigh 3 (with or without bones)
Garlic Cloves 2
Five Spice Powder 1 tsp
Sesame Oil 1 tsp
Rice Wine 1 tsp
Oyster Sauce 1 tsp
Soy Sauce 1 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Oil 1 tbsp
Salt To taste

How to cook cook cook!


  1. Marinate the chicken with garlic, five spice powder, sesame oil, rice wine, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar and salt for 45-60 minutes
  2. Add the oil in your skillet on medium heat. Pan-fry the chicken on both sides until browned and crispy, and the inside is cooked through
  3. Remove from the skillet and serve it hot
  4. If you are using oven then put the chicken at 375 F for 15-18 minutes

2 Comments Add yours

  1. emilyshomecookedkitchen says:

    Looks delicious!


    1. Food and Streets by Sadaf says:

      Thank you Emily. Try it out, and tell whether it worked out for you or not.


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