This family recipe was a favourite when I was growing up and continues to be a favourite with my children.


  • 2 kg chicken drumsticks (10-12) or 4 chicken Marylands

  • Marinade

  • 1 tablespoon five-spice powder

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry or Chinese wine

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1/4 tablespoon grated ginger (optional)


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 180C.

  • 2.

    Place all marinade ingredients in a large baking dish and stir to combine. Add the chicken, tossing to coat. If you have time, allow chicken to marinate for 2 hours or more.

  • 3.

    Place chicken in oven for 45 minutes and cook until the meat starts to pull away from the bone.

  • 4.

    Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

  • Tips:

  • 1.

    This dish is great served with a simple green salad or Vietnamese noodle salad.

  • 2.

    Keep your ginger in the freezer to make grating easy. This means you will always have fresh ginger when you need it.

  • 3.

    Make double and then freeze half of the marinating chicken in a zip-lock bag for a quick meal another day.

  • 4.

    The marinade only takes a few minutes to put together. If you have the time, prepare ahead and allow the chicken to marinate all day or overnight.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 976kj
  • Fat Total 63g
  • Saturated Fat 14g
  • Protein 91g
  • Carbohydrate 3g
  • Sugar 0g
  • Sodium 1191mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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