Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sweet and Savory Asian Chicken Drumsticks (香甜雞腿)


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I’m such a lucky Mom because my kids love vegetables, especially my Son.  I can basically serve all veggies every single meal and he’ll be a happy camper.  You know how pediatricians like to ask what do your kids like to eat.  I was asked that question on my Son’s last check up.  After I listed out the food that my Son likes, the pediatrician made a comment that my Son is a “natural vegetarian!”  Is there such a term for veggie lovers?  I think the Doctor made this term up.  Anyway, I’m not complaining at all.  It’s better this way, rather than imagining myself chasing my Son around the house to feed him vegetables.  (That would be a funny picture! ha...)

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However, since the rest of the family are not “natural vegetarians”, we crave for meat quite often.  White meat, red meat, seafood, we eat everything.  But in order for my Son to get some meat intake without a fuzz, these Sweet and Savory Asian Chicken Drumsticks always do the trick. 

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If you give this recipe a try, I’m sure it will be your family’s favorites as well.  Besides, they are super simple to prepare.  With this recipe, you’ll get tender, flavorful, and juicy meat every single time; and as the title suggested, these drumsticks are sweet and savory at the same time.

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Ready to get into the kitchen with me?  Come on over!  Oh, just one more thing before we head into the kitchen.  Remember I made this Orange Marmalade with Meyer Lemon a while ago?  I promised to share a Sweet and Savory Chicken Drumstick recipe using this marmalade as a marinade.  And here it is.  I know, it’s been a while, but I figured better late than never, right?  If you need the Orange Marmalade recipe, please click here

So, here we go.  First, we need to get the marinade ingredients ready.  There are Fish Sauce, Orange Marmalade, Green Onion, Brown Sugar, Meyer Lemon, Soy Sauce, Ginger, Garlic, Shallots, Sesame oil, Chicken Bouillon, Peprika, Red Pepper Flakes and White Pepper.

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Next, the hardest step, dump everything into a large freezer safe ziploc bag and mix them well!  Phew…I’m glad we get this step done and over with. 

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Next, add the drumsticks into the ziploc bag.  Squeeze out as much air as possible and seal the bag.  Move the drumsticks around so everyone is coated with the marinade.

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I keep my ziploc bag of drumsticks in a plastic container (to prevent leakage) and keep it in the fridge to marinade overnight.  When ready to cook, preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with foil.  Place the drumsticks in alternate directions with a little bit space between each one for even cooking.

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Another important step, don’t throw away the marinade.  Simply pour it into a small sauce pan and cook it on low heat until the liquid reduced by half.  We use this as a glaze and brush it on the drumsticks at the last 5 minute of roasting. 

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And here they are.  Sprinkle on some sesame seeds and you’re all set.  I usually serve these Sweet and Savory Asian Chicken Drumsticks with brown rice and steam vegetables.  They are also great with pan fried noodles or noodle soup.


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I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and will give these Sweet and Savory Asian Chicken Drumsticks a try soon.  You won’t be disappointed, I promise.  Winking smile 

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Sweet and Savory Asian Chicken Drumsticks (香甜雞腿):
(Printable Recipe)

15 chicken drumsticks (total around 3 pounds)
2 tablespoons Fish Sauce
1/4 cup homemade low sugar Orange Marmalade
2  Green Onion, chopped
1/4 cup Brown Sugar,
1 Meyer Lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon ShaoHsing rice wine
6 tablespoons low sodium Soy Sauce,
1 inch fresh Ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
3 cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Shallots, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon Sesame oil,
2 teaspoons Chicken Bouillon,
1 tablespoon Peprika,
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1/4 teaspoon White Pepper
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds for garnish, optional

In a large (1 gallon) freezer safe ziploc bag, place all the marinade ingredients into the bag (except the chicken drumsticks and sesame seeds) and mix well.  Next, add the drumsticks into the ziploc bag.  Squeeze out as much air as possible and seal the bag.  Move the drumsticks around so everyone is coated with the marinade.

Place the ziploc bag of drumsticks in a plastic container (to prevent leakage) and keep it in the fridge to marinade overnight.  When ready to cook, take the chicken drumsticks out to room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking to take some chills off.  Preheat the oven to 375 degree F.  Line a baking sheet with foil and place the drumsticks onto the baking sheet in alternate directions with a little bit space between each one for even cooking. 

While the drumsticks are roasting, pour the marinade into a small sauce pan and cook it on low heat until the liquid reduced by half.  Roast the drumsticks for 35 minutes, then, brush the reduced marinade onto each drumstick as a glaze and roast for another 5 minute, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degree F.  Place chicken drumstick onto serving plate, sprinkle toasted sesame seed and enjoy. 

83 comments:

  1. Mmmm...mmm! This looks so delicious, Amy! I love the combination of sweet and salty like this. I bet that glaze is amazing! I wish I could say the same about my son and vegetables; he'd definitely go straight for the chicken. : )

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    1. :) It's okay to love meat, and I think most kids do. My daughter loves meat too. She can eat 3 of these in a meal all by herself, along with rice and veggies!

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  2. Amy, we would love this recipe. I prefer the drumsticks and thighs over the breasts because they have so much more flavor to begin with. Nice recipe.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. Oh yeah, I love dark meat a lot more than white meats for the same reason. They are a lot juicer too. :P

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  3. Wow! Bookmarked! I am always on the lookout for delicious chicken recipes.
    Also, my mom must have had a hard time with me. I didn't like vegetables when I was a kid..I actually only liked brussel sprouts! Weird huh?

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    1. Oh...You're going to love this recipe. Let me know how they turn out.

      :) Hehehe....it's okay, I know most kids don't like veggies. But at least, you love brussel sprouts! That's not too bad.

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  4. I'm definitely not a natural vegetarian...these drumsticks are all I crave now!

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    1. :) Thank you...glad to know there are meat lovers out there like myself. :P

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  5. Ooo, this looks good! I might try it with the lime marmalade we have at home since no one is eating it! haha. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh...lime marmalade sounds great. :) I think chicken works really well with any citrus.

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  6. You are definitely lucky having your son enjoy vegetables so much - as is he I suppose, not having to force himself to eat them!

    This dish sounds nice and fresh, and your pictures are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Kari. Yeah, I'm so glad both of my kids love veggies. :) This is an easy recipe that everyone loves in my house so I make it quite often. Hope you're having a fantastic week so far.

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  7. That sounds great for dinner! I love the sweet and savory combo. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like this recipe. :)

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  8. These really do look super good! We are meat-eaters here so this won't need any coaxing. ;-) Loving your cutlery by the way.

    ~Jayne

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    1. Thank you, Jayne. Good that no coaxing needed for you. :P These were so good that my kids don't need coaxing on them, thank goodness.

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  9. I trust your recipes Amy and know that this will make my tummy smile. I just love anything in a delicious Asian marinade! A little bit of chicken can't hurt us that bad can it? I love veggies, but am married to a typical meat-loving kind of guy who would devour these with me!

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    1. :) Thank you, Roz. These are my family's all time favorite and I make them quite often. Hope your family will love them too.

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  10. Hey Amy; Thank-You so much for this Recipe!!!! I can not wait to make it, as I Love Chicken and any Asian Recipe is a huge plus!!!!
    Thank-You again. Take Care :-)

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    1. You're most welcome, Sunny. Hope your family will love this recipe as much as my family does. Have a great day.

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  11. These look fingerlickingly delicious and flavourful!

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    1. Thank you, Angie. And they were. :P

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  12. i can imagine how yummy these taste! ^^ thanks for the idea of using marmalade in cooking these.. they couldn't have come at a better time ^^

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like the recipe. I think I use marmalade in marinade more than on toasts! hahaha...

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  13. I am loving that marinade and your cute Japanese place setting. We grill out so often and I am always on a lookout for new ways to marinade and grill chicken. I am happy to hear your boy loves veggies. After all these years I found the perfect solution for my picky teenagers. They love hot pot so I wash and prepare a carload of fresh greens and vegetables and they eat it all and ask me to prepare more. It is such a relief to know our kids like green things.

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    1. That's good to hear. I guess as Moms, we always have to be creative in some way. hehehe....Hot pot sounds like a wonderful and healthy ay to get more greens into the kiddos! ;)

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  14. These are finger licking good and not much fuss in preparing. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Cheah. Oh yeah, I love how easy these are to prepare. ;)

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  15. Hola Amy, si que tienes suerte porque a la mayoria de niños tienes que reñirles porque no les gusta la verdura,,,,tu receta me parece deliciosa la probaremos pero primero hare la mermelada gracias

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    1. Gracias. Lo sé, soy tan afortunada mis hijos les encanta veggetables. Gracias por probar las recetas. Espero que su familia le encantará tanto como mi familia lo hace.

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  16. This recipe looks delicious..., and you are lucky if your son eats vegetables...
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Laurel. Oh yeah, I'm such a lucky Mom to have veggie loving kids. :P Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend.

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  17. ça a l'air super bon! c'est le genre de plat que j'adore déguster!
    bonne journée

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    1. Je vous remercie. Je suis contente que tu aimes cette recette aussi. Prenez soin et avoir un merveilleux week-end.

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  18. Hi Amy, that look really good. The chicken drumstick look so tender and moist. Beautiful display.

    Have a wonderful weekend, regards.

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    1. Thank you, Amelia. Glad you like it. Yes, they drumsticks are tender and moist. Wish you a wonderful weekend ahead.

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    1. Thank you, Caroline. Let me know how you like this if you try. :) Have a great weekend.

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  20. Amy, you are a very lucky mother! My mum told me I wanted to eat only meat (I still remember it actually: meat and sweets were my favourite products!).
    Your chicken drumsticks look fabulous! I love sweet sticky chicken. Your citrus marinade sounds great too. It's incredible because I have just prepared a post with a very similar dish! I suppose it's the season for sticky sweet chicken dishes ;-) (I will probably post it next week).

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    1. Oh yeah, I love the combination of sweet and salty with my chicken. I love your version of sweet and sticky chicken legs too. I think we can always use more chickens in our meals. :P

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  21. YOu are lucky, as you really don;t want to be in my shoes- yes, I chase my daughter for meals everyday! Ha, unless if there are some fried chicken drumstick!
    Next time I will lure her with this, as usually it is the deep fried one (shh) that I make for her. Bad mommy :)0

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    1. Oh...do give these a try. My kids love these chicken drumsticks over the fried chicken, any time! ;) Have a wonderful weekend, Jehanne.

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  22. Chicken drumsticks and thighs are my favorite too. My mouth is watering just looking at these delicious drumsticks! I'll be saving this to try :)

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    1. Thank you. Hope your family will love this recipe as much as my family does. :) Take care.

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  23. Wow Amy --this looks tasty! I'm always looking for new ways to make chicken. Will be pinning this one as a reminder --thanks for the recipe and happy Friday! :)

    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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    1. Thank you, Anne. Thanks for pinning and hope you like the recipe if you try. Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend.

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  24. Your marinade alone makes my mouth water, yum yum! I guess your marinade would taste good on pork too.

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    1. Oh...yeah, this marinade would be nice on pork too. Let me know if you decide to give it a try.

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  25. Actually I have heard of this term before and I think there are a subset of people out there who just for whatever reason naturally aren't inclined to like meat! Either way it's great that your son likes so many veggies! The sauce for these drumsticks sounds awesome!

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    1. Really? Good to know that the pediatrician is not making up terms. :P phew...

      Oh...these drumsticks are divine. Hope you'll give them a try some time.

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  26. Amy, I love the way you marinade these chicken drumsticks.
    Will try your recipe soon!!! Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you,Esther. Hope your family will like these drumsticks as much as my family does.

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  27. Se ve irresistible este plato de pollo marinado me encanta muy muy rico,abrazos y abrazos.

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    1. Gracias por visitar mi blog. Tener un fin de semana maravilloso.

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  28. I just know how hard it is to get vegetable into children's mouth! My kids likes different vegetable so I have to hide some of the vegetables they don't like in soup or pasta bake. Hopefully their taste buds will change and accept more varieties of vegetables. I must try this chicken recipe as we live on having chicken.

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    1. Thank you, Veronica. I agree, it's not easy to have kids eat all the healthy stuff. But I learn that making it fun helps a lot too. Let me know how your family like these chickens after you try. Have a great weekend.

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  29. These drumstick look so appetizing! I just repinned them!

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    1. Thanks for pinning. Hope you'll give them a try some day. They are finger-licking good. ;) Wish you a beautiful weekend ahead.

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  30. What a wonderfully satisfying recipe! Love the marinade!
    BTW, received the book, thank you, I'll have lots of fun with it!

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    1. Great to know you've got the book and again, you're very welcome. Have fun and enjoy. Have a great weekend ahead.

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  31. Love your recipe and definitely want to try making it! Pinned! Your photos are gorgeous and make everything look so delicious;-)

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    1. Thank you for pinning, Patty. You're going to love this recipe. Hope you'll give it a try soon. Have a beautiful weekend.

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  32. Great looking dish! I love veggies, but meat too. So this dish is right up my alley - terrific flavor! Super recipe, great pictures - thanks so much.

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    1. I agree, I love both my meat and veggies! ;) That way we're not missing out on any goodies, right? Have a wonderful weekend.

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  33. Yes yes yes! This looks fantastic :) just like my mum used to make.

    Hope you are well, take care :) x

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    1. Thank you. :) Glad you like these too. Have a great weekend.

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  34. Ohh I really like the look and sound of this chicken. Love the flavors :)
    Mary x

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    1. Thank you, Mary. They were yummy and very flavorful, in deed. :) Have a beautiful weekend.

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  35. This dish sounds like a great combo of flavours-- and a perfect recipe for a tasty weeknight meal!

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    1. Thank you. Oh, most definitely. I love how simple this recipe is. Hope you'll give it a try sometime. Have a great weekend.

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  36. Great recipe! I made it for dinner tonight and my family loved it! It's very very rare for one recipe to be liked by everyone so I will definitely be making this again.

    Your photos are beautiful too.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much for trying the recipe. I'm glad you family loved it. :) This is probably one of my family's favorite and I make it so often. I'm glad that I shared the recipe. ;)

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  37. with your marmalade as a marinade, it can only be delicious! and i love the sprinkle of sesame seed all over. lovely post....danny

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    1. Thank you, Danny. Glad you like the flavors here. ;) Wish you a wonderful weekend.

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  38. This is what I call the real finger licking good chicken! Yum

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    1. Thank you and yes they were finger licking good, in deed. :)

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  39. Even for the rest of us natural vegetarians, that sticky glaze sounds fantastic! I would love to try it over some crispy pan-fried tempeh.

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    1. hm...over some crispy pan-fried tempeh sounds wonderful and even better than over rice. :) Thanks for the suggestion. Have a great weekend.

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  40. Your marinade sounds marvelous, Amy! Perfect for my family :)

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    1. Thank you, Liz. Glad you like it. Let me know how your family likes it if you try the recipe. :)

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  41. Love this recipe, Amy! I've just made something similar using sauces Nando's & I'll be posting them once I get the time. Nice to be back here again!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like this recipe. Can't wait to check out yours. :)

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  42. These look really, really tasty.

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