Portia's special Chinese chicken

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By sherry monfils
from worcester, MA

Portia is a dear friend of mine who owns 1 of the oldest Chinese restaurants in our city. I asked her how they make their popular and tasty Chinese red chicken. She finally gave me the recipe, only because as she said, " I don't care, I'm closing down soon, getting too old to run this place, so go ahead, make my special chicken. But you better name it after me." Hahaha...I'll miss her! But at least i got her special recipe!!

serves 8
prep time 30 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Grill


  • 6 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1-1/2 tsp
    chinese 5-spice powder
  • 1 tsp
    white pepper
  • 3 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tsp
    light sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp
    hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    red food coloring
  • 6-8 lb
    chicken pieces, drumsticks, thighs
  • 3 Tbsp
    oil, i used corn
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    hoisin sauce
  • 3 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    teriyaki sauce

How To Make

  • 1
    In a lg zip-lock plastic bag, mix together sugar, salt, 5-spice powder, white pepper, vinegar, molasses, sesame oil, 3 tbsp hoisin sauce,garlic powder and food coloring. Add chicken pieces to the bag.
  • 2
    refrigerate at least 2 days to really let the marinade soak into the chicken pieces. Turn bag over occasionally.
  • 3
    In bowl stir together with a whisk, oil, honey, 3 tbsp hoisin sauce, soy sauce and teriyaki sauce. remove chicken from marinade, pour remaining marinade into bowl with oil, honey mix. Heat grill for medium. Cook chicken on grill, turning often to prevent burning. Baste every time you turn the chicken over. Make sure no pink is inside chicken and it's thoroughly cooked.

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