Grilled Chicken with Five Spices

Ga Nuoung Ngu Vi Thiong (Vietnam)

Five-spice powder is quite strong, so use it judiciously. Pork pieces can also be used for this favourite barbecue dish.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
6 servings


• 2 chickens, about 3 lbs each

• 4 tbsp vegetable oil
• 1 tbsp Crisco
• 10 shallots, finely sliced
• 4 cloves garlic, crushed
• 1 cup rice wine or sherry
• 4 tbsp light soy sauce
• 2 tsp five-spice powder


Bone chicken and cut into large chunks.

Make the marinade by heating the oil and Crisco and frying the shallots and garlic until light brown.

Add rice wine, soy sauce, and five-spice powder and pour immediately over chicken, rubbing it well in. Set aside for half an hour.

Drain chicken and thread on skewers. Barbecue 15 minutes on each side, basting frequently with marinade, until chicken pieces are slightly charred.

Serve with a chili sauce and rice.