BBQ Oolong Tea Smoked Chicken

July 3, 2015

This post is sponsored by Teasenz. As always, all opinions and recipes are mine alone. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that help Bam's Kitchen feed those "hungry teenagers".

BBQ Oolong Tea Smoked Chicken is made with juicy and succulent chicken drumsticks smoked with the essence of Teasenz oolong tea, star anise, orange peel, brown sugar and rice and then glazed with a sticky and delicious ginger honey soya glaze. 

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You are going to love this ancient Chinese method of smoking poultry with oolong tea, spices and herbs as it really gives a depth of flavors to whatever you are grilling and it is so easy to do.  BBQ Oolong Tea Smoked Chicken Drumsticks has 3 layers of deliciousness; the marinade, the smoky herbal essence of the Oolong tea and herbs and the ginger honey soya glaze. Oh my goodness, this dish is just going to knock your socks off!

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Well don't take my word for it, I want you to try it for yourself! This recipe is happily gluten-free, diabetic friendly (if you substitute the honey with diabetic orange marmalade), egg-free and dairy free.

BBQ Oolong Tea Smoked Chicken preparation involves 3 separate steps but they are super easy. First there is the marinade with Shao Xing Rice wine, ginger, orange zest, Szechuan peppercorns, soy (tamari sauce) and of course lots of garlic. Next there is a tea smoking made with  aluminum packets filled with Teasenz Oolong tea, star anise, cinnamon and orange zest for aromatics and brown sugar to help with binding of the products and rice to help keep the tea burning longer over a gas or BBQ grill. Lastly, there is a finger licking slightly sweet, savory, spicy sticky glaze that is slathered on during the last couple of minutes while the chicken is on the grill.

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If you are bored with the usual grilling routine, I dare you to take this easy BBQ Oolong Tea Smoked Chicken challenge. As a matter of fact, Teasnez would like to invite all Bam's Kitchen followers to an international giveaway so that you can give this recipe a try yourself. Keep on reading to find out how to enter the giveaway.

Tea smoking has been used for many centuries in China and is a quintessential dish of Szechuan cuisine. Usually, black tea leaves are used to give it that dark and intense flavor so I used part Red Robe Da Hong Pao (Black Tea from Fujian Province) in my tea and herb smoking packet. I wanted something a little different with more aromatics and herbal flavors and that is exactly what I achieved by using part Anxi Tie Guan Yin (oolong tea ) from Teasenz in the tea and herb smoking packet.

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I also made a delicious pot of Teasenz Anxi Tie Guan Yin oolong to go with my BBQ Oolong Tea Smoked Chicken. The dried leaves were beautifully emerald-green had tiny tight twisted buds.

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When you allow the tea to steep in the hot water, the leaves opened up completely and are beautiful. Each pour was delicious and different but smooth and pleasant. The 4th pour was slightly sweet and complex with floral notes. I felt it gave the chicken drumsticks the same sort of tantalizing aroma.

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I learned some lessons along the way while preparing and creating BBQ Oolong Tea Smoked Chicken and I would like to share them with you.

  • Marinating is best done overnight to allow the flavors to infuse, but if all you have is an hour or less, no worries.
  • You need to dry your chicken with paper towels really well before putting them on the grill so that the skin stays nice and crispy.
  • You can use a whole split chicken, chicken thigh, drumsticks, etc. It is best to use chicken on the bone as it has so much more flavor and takes longer to cook and this way it has more time to infuse with the tea and herb smoker.
  • You can try many different types of teas for smoking. All of them have subtle changes in the aroma and flavor of the chicken. You will need to change or add more tea and herbs to your smoking pack about every 20 minutes in the grilling process as the smoke reduces over time.
  • If you are diabetic, you can exchange honey with a little diabetic mandarin orange marmalade.
  • If you like a darker brown chicken and are not gluten intolerant, marinate your chicken in dark soya sauce. I marinated mine in tamari sauce to keep it gluten-free.
  • Leave a gap on the top of the aluminum foil packets to allow a place for the smoke to vent out. This gap also gives you a place to add some extra tea and brown sugar half way through the smoking/cooking process.
  • You can find the whole spices such as star anise at your local Asian grocery store or just use 1 tablespoon ground 5 spiced powder as a substitute. You can also use ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon, instead of whole cinnamon barks.
  • You could also smoke your chicken in a wok but you first have to steam it, then smoke it and your whole house becomes a smoker. Grilling and smoking your chicken on the grill takes half the time and half of the mess and it is the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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Teasenz is a China-based, international retailer and wholesaler of fine Chinese tea and tea ware. Teasenz tea connoisseurs travel frequently to well-known tea regions to taste and source the finest. Teasenz teas are grown, processed, and freshly packed here in China to preserve all the flavors and aromas from plant to pot. Teasenz delivers on-line teas to customers all over the world. We drink many different kinds of Chinese teas every day here in Bam's Kitchen and cook with teas as well and now we would like to bring this healthy and delightful experience to you.

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BBQ Oolong Tea Smoked Chicken

By HWC Magazine  , , , , ,   

July 3, 2015

Juicy and succulent whole chickens smoked with the essence of Teasenz oolong tea, anise, orange peel, brown sugar and rice and then glazed with a five spiced sticky and delicious honey soya glaze.

  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


Chicken Marinade

chicken legs - 8 drumsticks (or can use chicken thighs, whole split chicken or chicken breasts on the bone)

rice wine (shao xing) - 1/2 cup (can exchange with dry sherry if do not have rice wine)

tamari (soy) sauce - 2 tablespoons (if you are not gluten sensitive dark soya sauce is great to use)

orange zest - 1 tablespoon

ginger - 1 tablespoon grated fresh (can also use 1 teaspoon dried ground)

garlic - 3 cloves crushed and minced

olive oil - 2 tablespoons (can also use canola oil or light flavoured oil)

salt - to taste

Szechuan peppercorns (ground) - 1 teaspoon (if you do not have just exchange with white or black peppers but I love the thumb numbing sensation of the Szechuan peppercorns)

Tea and Herb Smoking Packet

aluminium foil - 2 sheets (I had to double mine as mine were thin)

Oolong tea - 1 and 1/2 cup ( 1/2 cup Teasenz Red Robe Da Hong Pao and 1/2 cup Teasenz Anxi Tie Guan Yin) 1/2 cup extra of Red Robe Da Hong Pao to add midway of the smoking process.

rice - 1/2 cup Jasmine long grain rice (or other rice as desired, do not use instant rice)

brown sugar - 3/4 cup (1/2 cup for initial packet- reserve 1/4 cup for half way

orange peel - 5-6 slices (thinly sliced from a fresh orange- I used a peeler)

star anise - 5-6 (if do not have can exchange with 1 tablespoon of 5 spiced powder)

cinnamon - 4 barks broken into smaller pieces (or 1 tablespoon ground)

Ginger Honey Soy Glaze

honey - 1/2 cup (if diabetic exchange with 1/2 cup dietetic orange marmalade)

ginger - 3 cm inch ginger knob grated- 1 heaping tablespoon (1 teaspoon freshly grated (1teaspoon ground)

tamari (soy) sauce - 1/2 cup

sesame oil - 1 teaspoon


1Marinate the chicken legs or (chicken thighs, chicken breasts on the bone or split whole chicken breast) in shaoxing (rice wine), tamari (soy) sauce, orange zest, ginger and garlic overnight or at least for 1 hour to allow the the flavours to penetrate.

2Create the Tea and Herb Smoking Packet: Double layer your aluminium foil (about a 18 inches or 46 cm) on a flat surface and lay the following ingredients onto the center of the aluminium foil...oolong teas (set aside 1/2 cup for later) , rice, brown sugar (set aside 1/4 cup for later), oranges peels, star anise and cinnamon. Fold in the 2 sides and leave a small vent at the top of the packet to allow the smoke to escape.

3Place the tea and herb packet under the grill plates on the side of the grill that gets hottest and turn on medium heat and wait until the tea and herb packet to get hot and start smoking well. (about 10 minutes)

4In the mean time, remove the chicken from the marinade. Dry the chicken well with a paper towels (this helps make the chicken crispy on the grill). Rub the chicken with olive oil all over and season with salt and Szechuan peppercorns (ground).

5Place the prepared chicken on the grill. I put the chicken on one side of the grill that had more gentle heat and had the tea and herb packet on the side of the grill with stronger heat. Grill and smoke chicken, depending on size for about 30 to 45 minutes on medium heat. (About 20 minutes into the grilling/smoking of the chicken you will need to spoon the 1/2 cup reserved oolong tea and 1/4 cup of brown sugar carefully into the opening of the tea and herb packet on the grill as the when the tea burns off it stopes smoking)

6Make the Ginger Honey Soy Glaze: On the stove top in a small pan heat up the honey (or dietetic orange marmalade if diabetic), ginger, tamari (soy) sauce and sesame oil just until slightly thick (about 3-4 minutes). Remove from heat.

7In the last 5-10 minutes of the grilling/smoking of the chicken, brush on the sticky honey ginger soy glaze.

8Enjoy your finger licking aromatic BBQ Oolong Tea Smoked Chicken and serve with a delicious pot of Anxi Tie Guan Yin (oolong tea ) from Teasenz.


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