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Sticky Oven-Baked Drumsticks

Face it … unless you’ve got lots of time on your hands, making fancy-shmansy gourmet cuisine every day is probably impossible. But the bright side is you really don’t need too. You can, quite easily, make simple, nutritional, and feel-good food in your kitchen with a teeny bit of effort and a whole heap of flavor. This recipe is quite the no-brainer, with a basic idea that takes only minutes to prepare and about 40 minutes to get itself together in the oven. Tasting suspiciously like teriyaki, you wont need much except a baking dish, a jug, a bowl, and a staple to serve it with. I’d go for rice, because that way, you can take advantage of whatever saucy-goodness remains in the bottom of your dish. Enjoy!


  • 1 ½ kilos chicken drumsticks

  • 1 heaped tablespoon corn starch

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 10 tablespoons dark soy sauce

  • 1 cup apple or pineapple juice

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds for sprinkling


  • Preheat oven to 400.C

  • Lightly oil a large baking dish / coat with nonstick spray

  • Whisk together cornstarch and water in a small bowl

  • In a large bowl or jug, whisk together soy sauce, juice, honey, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch mixture.

  • Arrange the drumsticks in a single layer onto baking dish. Pour the mixture evenly over the drumsticks, making sure everything is coated.

  • Place into oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, using tongs to turn at halftime. Turn on the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until the drumsticks are slightly charred.

  • Serve, sprinkled with sesame seeds

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