With summer in full swing it is time to get creative with the sauces for your meat.
Pack away the heavy casserole dishes and take out your salad bowls and barbecue utensils. I hope you like drumsticks because there are a few recipes heading your way in the coming weeks. You can have a lot of fun with marinades and sauces by making them savoury, spicy or sweet and sticky – the choice is yours. This dish isn’t strictly Chinese but all the ingredients are Asian and makes for one very moreish sauce.
The recipe is originally for the oven, but there is nothing stopping you from partially cooking it in the oven first and finishing it off with the glaze on the barbecue.
Baked Chinese Chicken Drumsticks
Author: Michelle Minnaar
- olive oil, to drizzle
- 10 chicken drumsticks
- sea salt
- black pepper
- 90ml (6 tbsp) honey
- 45ml (3 tbsp) fish sauce
- 22.5ml (1½ tbsp) light soy sauce
- juice of 1½ lemons
- 45ml (3 tbsp) rice wine vinegar
- 22.5ml (1½ tbsp) sesame oil
- Preheat the oven to 140°C/fan 120°C/285°F/gas mark 1.
- Lightly oil a large baking dish. Season the drumsticks with salt and pepper and arrange in the dish in a single layer. Drizzle over a little olive oil, cover with foil and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
- Prepare the glaze in the meantime. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until evenly combined.
- Take the chicken out of the oven and increase the temperature to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
- Pour over the glaze and coat each drumstick.
- Return the chicken to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes, turning several times, until the chicken is tender and nicely glazed.
- Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving.
- Serve with steamed rice and purple sprouting broccoli or green beans.
- Drumsticks were used in this recipe to ensure even cooking. You are welcome to use chicken wings, thighs or breasts instead. Take note that you will need a longer cooking time if the pieces are bigger – bake for longer at 140°C/fan 120°C/285°F/gas mark 1 but keep the browning/glazing stage at 20 minutes at 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11.4 g
Saturated Fat 2.6 g
Cholesterol 56 mg
Sodium 1405 mg
Total Carbohydrates 27.2 g
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
Sugars 21.4 g
Protein 19 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.