Overhead shot of chicken in cast iron skillet.

Chinese Roasted Chicken with Soy-Lime Dipping Sauce

Course: Main Dish - Chicken
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: 5 spice chicken, chinese roasted chicken, roasted chicken,
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Resting time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 556 kcal

This Chinese Roasted Chicken is amazing and extra easy. The skin is perfectly crisp and crackly, there’s no basting, and it’s served with a delicious soy-lime dipping sauce. Easy enough for a weeknight dinner!



  • 4-6 pound whole chicken neck and giblets removed
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Pure Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chinese five spice powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

Soy-Lime Dipping Sauce:


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Rinse your chicken with cold water inside and out and dry well with paper towels.
  3. Combine sesame oil with spices in small bowl and mix well. Rub half of your spice mix under the skin of the breast side and back side. Rub the remaining spices on the outside of your chicken. Using some kitchen twine, tie up the chicken legs and wings. This makes for more uniform cooking.
  4. Place your chicken breast side up in an oven safe skillet or roasting pan. Place in your preheated oven and immediately reduce the heat to 375 degrees.
  5. Roast your chicken for approximately 20 minutes per pound, or until the temperature of the breast meat registers at 180 degrees.
  6. Remove the chicken from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes in the pan. After the chicken has cooled, remove to a cutting board and let rest for an additional 10 minutes before carving.
  7. Meanwhile, make the soy-lime dipping sauce. Add all ingredients to a small bowl whisk until combined.
Nutrition Facts
Chinese Roasted Chicken with Soy-Lime Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 556 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 1836mg80%
Potassium 480mg14%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 325IU7%
Vitamin C 9.6mg12%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.