Friday, May 10, 2013

Frugal Foodie Friday - Japanese-Style Chicken Drumsticks

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From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This week's Frugal Foodie Friday feature is the first in a series of posts that will explore ways to use inexpensive chicken parts. Not to worry, I'm talkin' chicken drumsticks, not innards or parts with odd sounding names and slippery surfaces. For reasons I don't fully understand, the cost of drumsticks has not inflated as quickly as other chicken parts and they remain a bargain, even when not on sale. Tonight's recipe comes from where it has it's called, Japanese Mum's Chicken. Chicken prepared in this manner is very popular in Japanese homes and there are as many versions of this recipe as there are Japanese moms to cook it. This recipe, though simple, is exceptional, but it contains one ingredient that is beyond the reach of those with truly limited food budgets. Balsamic vinegar is expensive and its cost could feed a family of four for at least two nights. I have found a way around that with a simple substitute that is workable in this recipe and others like it. If you combine a tablespoon of apple cider or red wine vinegar with a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar you have a reasonable substitute for balsamic vinegar. In the recipe below, a mix of 1/2 cup vinegar with 4 teaspoons sugar will give you a sufficient quantity of poor man's vinegar to make this recipe workable. This method of cooking and the marinade in which the drumsticks cook works well for chicken wings as well. This recipe is fast, easy and inexpensive. It is also delicious. I hope you will enjoy it. Here's the recipe.

Japanese-Style Chicken Drumsticks...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of

8 chicken drumsticks, skin on
1 cup water
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
2-1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 garlic clove, peeled and bruised
1 small hot chili pepper, slit open, seeds removed


1) Place all ingredients (chicken through chili) in a deep skillet and bring contents to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, spooning off surface scum as needed, for about 20 minutes.
2) Increase heat, turning drumsticks frequently, and cook until liquid has reduced to a sticky glaze, about10 minutes longer.
3) Arrange chicken on a serving platter, remove garlic clove and chili from the liquid, then spoon remainder of glaze over chicken. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

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Katz Tales said...

Sweetly spicy. Yum!

KathyB. said...

I am definitely making this! Thank-you.

Kim G. said...

It's a great recipe to use those drumsticks! This looks delicious!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

If we weren't headed out of town this afternoon, this would be on our table tonight. Looks yummy! blessings ~ tanna

We Are Not Martha said...

Yum! These look awesome! Perfect Friday night dinner!


Jenn said...

Ooooohhh.. this is a recipe after my own heart! Love the sweet, sticky combination! Now, if I could just get Chris to eat dark meat chicken, I would be in business!! :) Can't wait to try this! Have a great weekend, Mary! And happy Mother's day!!

Ola said...

looks so juicy and delicious! :)

David said...

Mary... Simple enough recipe and it not only sounds different, a change of pace...but it sounds good too. My wife loves thighs so we'll probably substitute them for the legs. Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

The Red Umbrella said...

Gotta try this!

A Paix√£o da Isa said...

gosto tanto de frango e este esta prefeito e tem uma cor humm ja me servia bjs bfs

From the Kitchen said...

It's good to find all the flavors we like in a recipe using my favorite chicken part! I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day!


Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Fabulous ingredients - simple and delicious - the drumsticks look fantastic!
Mary x

Ginny said...

I need to write this substitute down, because I never have Balsamic! I have a recipe almost like this, it is good either hot or cold.

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