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Chinese Roast Chicken Drumsticks

What's The Big Idea?

Very simple recipe which would be a great alternative to the traditional barbecue chicken dishes, for example. Simply marinade the chicken then roast (or barbecue) it. What could be easier? If you want to make it part of a Chinese-themed meal, serve with Egg-Fried Rice.

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Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 1 tablespoon peanut (groundnut) or other vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh root ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine or dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 chicken drumsticks*
* The original recipe stipulated that the skin should be left on the drumsticks, but I took it off and they were still delicious (but less greasy)!

What To Do

  • Mix together all of the ingredients except the chicken in a large bowl
  • Add the chicken, coat it well and cover the bowl with cling film
  • Place into the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes, ideally overnight
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, or preheat the barbecue if using
  • Place the chicken drumsticks onto a roasting tray and roast for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through*
  • If barbecuing, do so over a medium heat, turning frequently until the chicken is cooked through
  • Baste with any left-over marinade during cooking
* When I cooked these in the oven they did take a lot longer than 30 minutes... I suggest you plan for a much longer cooking time - if they're ready too early, you can keep them warm. If they're ready too late, you have a problem...

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