Friday, May 24, 2013

Frugal Foodie Friday - Honey-Glazed Chinese Chicken

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From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This lovely sticky chicken is the result of combining  honey with a mixture of teriyaki and hoisin sauces. The drumsticks have enormous flavor and, as you can see, the glaze gives them a wonderful burnished mahogany glow. Recipes are rarely simpler than this three ingredient wonder, and,  cost-wise, the dish certainly fits the criteria for a Frugal Friday meal. While I found the recipe on, I was able to backtrace it to the Kikkoman website which is where I believe the recipe first appeared.  Many will argue that the cost of teriyaki and hoisin sauces make this a less than frugal choice for our Friday feature, but when the sauces are made in the home kitchen, cost barriers are blown away.  Links at the bottom of this post will direct you to sites where you can find recipes for both sauces. I like this dish on many levels. The drumsticks have enormous eye appeal, they are very easy to make and they are inexpensive. I bake mine on a cookie cooling rack that is suspended over a half-sheet pan. This exposes all surfaces of the chicken to an even heat and results in glorious color. I serve these drumsticks with  Asian-style sesame noodles and, depending on mood, humor and time, either Thai cucumber relish or a Chinese-style bean sprout salad. Here's how these wonderfully simple drumsticks are made.

Honey-Glazed Chinese Chicken...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of

1/2 cup teriyaki sauce sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup honey
2-1/2 pounds chicken drumsticks
1 green onion, thinly sliced


1) Combine teriyaki and hoisin sauce with honey. Place chicken in a large resealable bag. Pour sauce over chicken. Press air out of bag and close top securely. Turn bag over several times to coat all pieces of chicken well. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight, turning bag over occasionally.
2) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake chicken for 1 hour, turning pieces over and basting with pan juices halfway through baking.
3) Sprinkle on green onion before serving. Yield: 6 servings.

Homemade Hoisin Sauce, here

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce, here

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Jenn said...

Oooohhh.. I love this recipe! Simple and yet so very perfect. Love the combination of sticky sweet!! I'm thinking I may need to make these this weekend. Perfect addition to a backyard barbecue!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Great flavors on this chicken and I think my family would love it. Happy holiday weekend!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Simple but they have to be delicious.

Melynda and Terry, we are the Browns! said...

Mary, these have to be the best way to enjoy drum sticks! Thank you.

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