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Grilled Chinese Char Siu Chicken - this marinade is phenomenal ~ no artificial colors in this recipe - brilliant red beet powder stands in for red food coloring

Grilled Chinese Char Siu Chicken Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Marinate 2 days
Total Time 2 days 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 328 kcal


  • 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup organic ketchup
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon beet powder
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • cooking oil spray


  1. In a large bowl, mix together brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, beet powder, vinegar, hoisin sauce, five-spice powder, salt and pepper. Add chicken and toss well, coating all the pieces well; cover and refrigerate for two days to marinate.
  2. Heat grill; spray cooking oil on grates; grill chicken until cooked through, about 10 minutes per side.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Saveur

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chinese Char Siu Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 180mg60%
Sodium 845mg37%
Potassium 535mg15%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.