Kitchee also holds the best record against Italian teams by a Hong Kong team. They defeated A.C. Milan 2–1 on 30 May 2004  and beat Juventus 5–3 on penalties (2–2 after regular time) on 4 June 2005  in a summer friendly match played in Hong Kong.
Following its return to the First Division in 2003, Kitchee became one of the most prominent in Hong Kong. Handled by their previous coach, Dejan Antonic, Kitchee won two trophys in one season (2005–2006) and under the same cold-hand coach, Dejan Antonic, in their 2006–07 season, the club secured 2nd place in the league, whereas the champion South China had already qualified for AFC Cup as Hong Kong Senior Shield winner. As a result, Kitchee became one of the two Hong Kong representatives in 2008 AFC Cup.
Kitchee has been invited to take part in the 2010 Singapore Cup. Kitchee was the first Hong Kong team to take part in this tournament. The club lost to Etoile FC 4:6 over two legs in the quarterfinal.
In 2012, Kitchee Foundation submitted a proposal to The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust for a youth football training centre and was successful. The club received over HK$44 million from the trust for the establishment of a centre at Shek Mun, Shatin, New Territories. It will be called the Jockey Club Kitchee Centre, which will open in 2014. The trust's input will be sufficient for 90% of the costs of the centre, while proceeds from the Kitchee vs Arsenal exhibition match will also go into developing the centre.
In July 2012, Kitchee played an exhibition match against Arsenal FC for The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust Challenge Cup, they drew 2–2 in front of a full house at the Hong Kong Stadium. This was Arsenal's first time in Hong Kong for 17 years. In October 2012, Arsenal further donated HK$780,000 to Kitchee Foundation in support of the youth training centre.
Kitchee played Manchester United in Hong Kong in summer 2013 after Kitchee Foundation received HK$8 million from the Mega Events Fund to host the match. The game between Kitchee and Manchester United took place on 2 August 2013 in which Manchester United won 2-5.