I was kind of inspired to make these after an (American) football mania explosion on Pinterest recently. Wherever I looked there were ‘game night’ snacks, meals and ideas and one of the recurrent themes were chicken drumsticks.
Whilst I have zero interest in watching football, I was left with some rather disturbing cravings for some sticky, oven cooked chicken. Well I guess there are worse cravings girl could have huh?
Out came the balsamic vinegar, of which I can’t get enough of. I always buy the cheap stuff, which according to the purists isn’t the real deal, however it tastes just damn fine in cooking and as an extra bonus I don’t need a bank loan to acquire a bottle. It reduces down from a sour vinegar to a sweet, gooey syrup that adorns pretty much any meat or veg with a delightful darkened glaze whilst adding a glorious depth of flavour. De-lic-ious.
When you come to serve, I would recommend you leave them in the tray for people to help themselves to as there will be an incredible layer of sticky goo in the dish that would be sinful to let go to waste.
So without further ado, here’s how to turn those insipid looking raw drumsticks into the food of the gods (or at least the football mad).
- 6-8 skin on chicken drumsticks
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 75 ml balsamic vinegar
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
Preheat the oven to 180/350/gas 4, heat the oil in a baking dish big enough to hold all the drumsticks in one layer.
In a small saucepan mix together the balsamic vinegar, garlic, ginger and soy sauce. Dunk each drumstick into the mix and turn them around making sure all of the meat is covered. Lay them out in the tray and bake for 35-40 minutes.
As the chicken is cooking, bring the mix to a boil and reduce by half until it is a little thicker and slightly syrupy.
Halfway through the chickens cooking time, brush the meat again with the balsamic mixture, and pour the rest of it over the meat before popping back in the oven to finish cooking.
When you come to serve, I would recommend you leave them in the tray for people to help themselves to as there will be an incredible layer of that sticky goo that would be sinful to let go to waste.