Saturday, February 11, 2012

Roasted Drumsticks with Soy and Sweet Chilli Marinade

Time for something savoury.
Want a fuss-free dinner, packed with complex flavours and requiring minimal preparation? If you've got a spare half an hour, you can prepare this chicken, then leave it to marinate whilst you go about your day.

Roasted Drumsticks with Soy and Sweet Chilli Marinade:

Serves 2-3

1/3 cup light soy sauce
1/3 cup sweet chilli sauce
1/3 cup sweet soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh ginger, finely grated
6 chicken drumsticks, skin removed

In a large, sealable container (For example, Tupperware) pour the soy, sweet chilli and sweet soy sauces. Add the sesame oil sparingly and mix together with the garlic and ginger.
Skin the chicken drumsticks, then place them directly into the marinade. Massage the meat gently, coating each drumstick carefully, then cover and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight. I wouldn't recommend marinating for less than two hours and if you're home whilst the sauce is infusing the drumsticks with those sweet, spicy flavours, then be sure to spoon extra marinade over the meat, or if you're a bit frazzled, shake the hell out of it and return to the fridge.

Roast the drumsticks on a perforated pan or wire rack, over another pan to collect the excess marinade.
I roasted my drumsticks in a ThermoWave bench top oven at 180 degrees Celsius, on a high fan speed (Mum calls this little oven a 'Round-A-Round', due to the shape of the thickened glass cylinder bowl). This cooking method is faster than using my dodgy slow oven and far less expensive.
After 20 mins I turned the drumsticks, covered them with excess spoonfuls of marinade and cooked for another 15 minutes.

Do you know that moment when you can forget that you are cooking (People! If you're anything like me with my goldfish memory, use a timer!!), then you suddenly inhale and your nostrils and mind are filled with the mouth-watering scent of the food you are cooking? At that moment you know the food is just about ready...

Well, that happened to me just as the timer had one minute to go. I leaped out of my chair, hurtled across the room and threw open the lid. Immediately the room filled with the hot aroma of the marinated chicken that wafted up into my face, making me feel dizzy with desire.

Mmmm... Now you can go ahead and serve your drumsticks on rice and salad or with noodles. I served mine with the Black Quinoa and Bean Salad from my last post.

Roast it, devour it, lick your fingers, then for goodness sake have a shower because you will be sticky- I'm warning you.

Look at that little face. He watched me the entire time I prepared the meal. Somebody looooves chicken.

Bella xx

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