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Spicy Lemon Soy Chicken Drumsticks Recipe and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 31, 2010 | Labels: , , , , |

A new year is arriving and as always, we end up reflecting upon what happened in the past one year while looking forward to see what the new year brings.   Good or 'bad', this year is almost gone and it's time for a new year and a new beginning.  As for me, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my lovely readers and fellow bloggers who have supported, encouraged and continually inspired me.  I wish all of you an abundance in health and love for the coming year and many many years ahead!

Here's a super last-minute New Year party recipe - easy roasted chicken drumsticks marinated in an appetizing spicy and lemony soy-based sauce.  I marinated my drumsticks overnight although a few hours should suffice.  I love baking meat dishes when I am feeling lazy or tired, you just have to make sure your marinade tastes good and your dish can almost always be guaranteed delicious. In addition, if you use porcelain baking trays like I did, you can save on the plating and just serve straight from the oven!

Spicy Lemon Soy Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

The spiciness from today's sauce comes from daobanjiang (spicy soybean paste), a staple in Szechuan cuisine while the honey and lemon did a good job of cutting into the spiciness.  I find that it is important to baste the drumsticks at least twice during the cooking process which will ensure a gorgeous colour and of course maximum yumminess.  Apart from the customary soy sauces (I used a thick caramel soy sauce and regular light soy sauce), I used mirin and Chinese Shaoxing wine for some added aroma.  I am a huge fan of both condiments and I always make sure I have a ready supply of both in my kitchen.  This recipe will work great with chicken wings or drummettes as well.

Spicy Lemon Soy Chicken Drumsticks Recipe


6 chicken drumsticks, rinsed and pat dry
1 shallot, sliced
Lemon juice from half a lemon (save the other half to be baked together)


2 tbsps thick soy sauce (I used Yuen Chun thick caramel sauce)
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp daobanjiang (Spicy soybean paste) - you can substitute with other kinds of chilli sauces
2 tbsps Chinese Rice Wine
1 tbsp mirin
2 tbsps sugar
Dash of sesame oil

For basting:

Marinade liquid
Enough honey


Handful of toasted sesame seeds
Half a lemon, quartered

Spicy Lemon Soy Chicken Drumsticks Recipe


Firstly, mix the ingredients for the marinade together in a shallow bowl.  Do a taste test and add more sugar or soy if needed.  Place the chicken drumsticks into the marinade and coat well - may be messy but I usually use my hands for this job or you can wear the clear plastic gloves to do this part.  Place in fridge and marinate for at least 4 hours.  (I marinated mine overnight).

Prehat oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit.  Place the marinated chicken drumsticks in a shallow roasting pan.  Drain the liquid and save in a separate bowl.  Place the shallots and lemon in the pan as well together with the drumsticks.  Place in oven.  After about 15 minutes, baste once with the liquid and honey.  After another 10 minutes, baste again.  Bake for another 10 minutes, test for doneness.  Turn heat up to 350 degrees fahrenheit to give the skin a slight crispiness.  Bake for about another 5-10 minutes under the higher heat, keeping a close watch.  Remove from oven.  Garnish with toasted sesame seeds if using.  Serve.

Spicy Lemon Soy Chicken Drumsticks Recipe


Food For Tots said...

Looks so delish!!! Happy New Year!!

Three-Cookies said...

Looks delicious.

All the best for 2011, I hope it brings you and your family lots of happiness, good health and prosperity. And good eating and blogging:)

lilyng said...

happy new year

Rosa said...

Happy New Year! thanks for the easy recipe!

tigerfish said...

Wooo...nice. Love the lemon-soy combination.

Happy New Year!

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

LK - thanks! Happy New year!

Three-cookies - thank you, hope you have a great 2011 too!

Lily - thanks, same to you!

Rosa - Happy New year! Hope you'll like this recipe

TF - Happy New year! thanks :D

Cooking Gallery said...

Happy New Year 2010! Wishing you and your family a fabulous year ahead :)! The chicken dish looks mouthwatering!

Christine@Christine's Recipes said...

Your drumsticks look so moist and delicious.
Happy New Year to your!

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

CG - thank you! Wishing you and your family a happy 2011 too!

Christine - thanks! Happy New year to you and your family!

Medifast Coupons said...

This Asian inspired dish would go well not only with drumsticks, but many other cuts of chicken. The marinade is gorgeous looking!

Peggy said...

This looks so delicious! Definitely going to try this one out soon! happy New year!

noobcook said...

I'm so bookmarking this recipe, the sauce looks so good! happy 2011!!

Carolyn Jung said...

Look at the lovely mahogany glaze on that. Just beautiful! Happy 2011 to you! ;)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks yum and Happy New Year!

Dora said...

Looks good with a big bowl of steamed rice. :)

Happy 2011!

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

medifast coupons - thank you! hope you'll give this a try :)

Peggy - thank you! Happy New Year!

Wiffy - thanks! Happy 2011!! :D

Carolyn - thanks! love your description as always :D Happy 2011!

Little Corner - thank you, Happy 2011!

Dora - thanks! Happy New Year!

ragmuffin said...

Can the Mirin substitute for Marsala or a white wine? Also I don't like spicy do can I just leave out the spicy sauce or should I add something in its place?

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Sure you can leave out the spicy sauce and substitute the mirin. You can always adjust according to your taste preferences :)

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