It’s a rainy night, baby, and we’re staying in. We’re putting on the 1971 classic Vanishing Point and making a meal. So what goes with a 1970 Dodge Challenger, an existential Barry Newman, a four-state long police chase, a naked motorcyclist and sweeping desert vistas? Something a little messy, a little sweet, a little sticky and cast in warm, orange tones.
This is a recipe for chicken coated in a sauce made from honey, soy sauce and butter. I adapted it from Adora’s Box - her recipe is excellent and her pictures are crazy-appetizing. I’m a garlic/ginger nut and tend to add the paste to anything even remotely Asian. My addition of these is one of the very minor changes I made to her recipe.
You will need:
- 6 chicken drumsticks
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 lime
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp honey
Marinate the chicken in 3 tbsp soy sauce, ginger and garlic paste, pepper, sesame oil and the juice and zest of 1 lime. After 30 minutes, simmer the chicken in a pan along with the marinade for 10 minutes over medium heat.
Line a baking dish with foil. Then line it again, for this sticky chicken sticky sauce is gonna stick everywhere. Place the chicken in the dish (leaving the marinade in the pan) and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Turn the chicken and bake for another 10 minutes.
While the chicken is doing its thing, combine honey, the remaining 1 tbsp of soy sauce and butter in a small bowl to make the sticky sauce.
Turn the chicken over again and brush liberally with the sauce. Pour the marinade around the chicken to deglaze the pan and bake for 10 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
Transfer the drumsticks to a serving dish and pour the remaining sauce and marinade back into the pan. Bring to a simmer and pour all over your chicken. Don’t worry about being neat. It’s not going to be neat. Did I mention it’s going to be sticky? It’s going to be a sticky, saucy mess. And it’s going to be good.