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Chinese Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Chinese Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

This Chinese chicken drumsticks recipe has changed the chicken game completely for me! Prior to trying this recipe, chicken drumsticks were one of those cuts of meat I’d just walk past in the shop. I walked past them because I just didn’t have anything I could do with them to make them a worthwhile purchase.

Until now.

My Mum cooks these Chinese chicken drumsticks and I called her for the recipe today. It’s so simple but so tasty. All you need to do is invest a little time, but the end result is so worth it!

For Chinese chicken drumsticks you will need…

  • 10+ Chicken Drumsticks
  • 0.5 Cup of soy sauce
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Star anise
  • Water

The Chinese chicken drumsticks recipe…

Put the drumsticks into a deep pan, crush and add the garlic, pour the soy sauce all over the chicken drumsticks and mix thoroughly.

Pour boiling water into the pan until you just cover the drumsticks, add the star anise and stir again.

Bring to the boil with the pan lid on, then reduce to a simmer for 2.5-3 hours, keeping the pan lid on to prevent the mixture from boiling dry.

Chinese chicken drumsticks

Check the chicken drumsticks sporadically, essentially you are just trying to make sure the chicken doesn’t boil dry. Occasionally turn the drumsticks in the sauce, but this isn’t essential over such a long cooking time.

After around 2.5-3 hours, remove the chicken and leave it to cool down. By this point the meat is fall-apart tender so can either be flaked off the bone and used or eaten as a drumstick – ideal with a meal or as a low-fat, high protein snack.

Chinese chicken drumsticks

You can use the reduced soy, garlic and star anise sauce as a seasoning for other things. I used it to season a large portion of vegetable fried rice!

Thanks to this Chinese chicken drumsticks recipe I’ve got a new item on the menu and a new dish in the repetoir!

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