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Seeking soy marinated chicken drumsticks recipe

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I used to make soy marinated chicken drumsticks years ago and they were always a big hit. I want to make them again but can't remember exactly what I would put in the marinade to make them really packed with umami and flavor. Soy sauce, sugar, chopped garlic, chopped green onions, a dash of vinegar (no alcohol for my recipe), maybe a tiny droplet of sesame oil...what else??? Baked, then finished with a fast broil?

Do you have a tried-and-true recipe for this that you can share? I'd like to take these to a potluck soon and don't want to waste time experimenting and tweaking.

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  1. The ingredients you listed are good -

    Maybe sub honey or brown sugar for the sugar and toss a few garlic cloves with 1/4 small onion and a green chile pepper in a blender, liquify, and add to the soy sauce.
    Try rice wine or rice wine vinegar instead of standard vinegar. EDIT: Missed the no alcohol -
    You could reconstitute some dried shiitake mushrooms in vinegar (or the soy sauce), then squeeze the mushrooms and add the resulting flavored juices to your marinade.

    Try pushing some of the sauce soaked chopped garlic & green onions under the skin of the drumsticks.

    1. Does this look like something along the lines of what you're wanting? http://www.chow.com/recipes/30350-asi... I've made it with a whole cut up chicken and it's super delicious, and would be fine with just drumsticks and you could easily add the green onions.

      1. Thanks juliejulez and hannaone! I will combine the CH recipe with hannaone's add-ins!

        1. I really like this recipe for sesame chicken from one of the Leon books - it's for wings but drumsticks would be absolutely fine. The fish sauce adds the most amazing umami flavour.

          1kg chicken
          2.5 tbs soy sauce
          just under 2 tbs fish sauce
          10 cloves garlic, smashed
          150 g ginger root
          1 and a bit tbs sesame oil
          1.5 tbs sesame seeds

          Whizz the garlic, ginger, fish sauce and soy in a food processor to make a coarse puree. Pour onto the wings and mix thoroughly with the sesame oil leave to marinate (overnight would be great but a few hours is fine)
          Preheat oven to 180C spread the wings on a baking sheet pop them in the oven for 20 mins. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over and return to the oven for a further 25 mins or until golden brown.

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          1. re: helen_m

            I love the idea of a splash of fish sauce!

          2. I have made the Huli-Huli Hawaiian Chicken recipe from the Amazing Ribs website with just thighs and drumsticks and they were delicious. Lots of great recipes on that site.

            http://amazingribs.com/recipes/other_...

            1. Add some star anise and ginger. Some Shaoxing wine doesn't hurt either, but not necessary.

              1. Not sure of her login name on this board, but someone I met here has a blog and the following recipe from it is delicious:

                http://ridiculoushungry.blogspot.com/...

                I posted a question about bone in, skin on thighs and her suggestions were great.