Baked Sweet and Spicy Chicken Drumettes

Chicken drumettes are like mini chicken drumsticks, hence the name. They are a portion of the wing that is attached to the main body of the chicken.

They’re rather the perfect size for bento packing so I decided to pick up a package at my last trip to the grocery store.

Now the conundrum was how to cook them.  There’s tons of recipes out there, but I decided to stick to the delicious Asian flavors I’m familiar with. So I came up with sweet and spicy chicken drumettes.

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I must have been looking at four different recipes online simultaneously, including my own (not my own, per se, but the dish I previously madeSticky Garlic Chicken Bites, but I was modifying everything as I go.

I ended up using the same ingredients for the garlic chicken bites and adding some brown sugar and banana ketchup, since I’m craving that Filipino sweet barbecue taste.

Here’s how I did it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs chicken drumettes
  • Salt and pepper

Sauce ingredients:

  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp Mirin
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp banana ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Sriracha
  • Salt and pepper
  • Green onions
  • Sesame seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F/230°C. Lightly grease baking rack and put it over a baking sheet lined with foil.
  2. Pat chicken dry with paper towel. Season with salt and pepper.

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3. Combine the sauce ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. Drizzle half the sauce over the chicken and toss to combine. Set the remaining sauce aside.

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4. Pop the chicken in the oven for 20 minutes.

 

IMG_20160605_1143285. Turn the drumettes over and brush the remaining sauce on the chicken pieces. Put them back in the oven for another 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

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6. It’s done! Sprinkle some sesame seeds.

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7. Garnish with green onions and more sesame seeds if desired.

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