Char Siu Chicken

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Char siu chicken is a take on the more traditional char siu pork – a kind of Chinese barbecued meat. The marinade is sweet and salty giving the meat a wonderful char. Red food coloring is usually used to give the char siu its distinctive hue but feel free to leave it out.

This char siu chicken can be served with stir-fried noodles or as part of a wider meal with stir-fried vegetables, mabo dofu and plain rice.

Char Siu Chicken

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 15 mins Rest Time 2 hrs Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 4



  1. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix to make sure the chicken is fully coated.

  2. Cover and leave to marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

  3. When ready to cook turn your barbecue grill to high (or over hot coals).

  4. Place the chicken over the hottest part and leave to cook until the meat starts to char. Then flip the meat and do the same for the other side. Try to move the meat as little as possible to develop good color.

  5. Check for doneness and then serve sliced alongside your favourite dishes.

Keywords: char siu, chicken, Chinese, barbecue,
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