Japanese Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

Kiddo has always been a fan of all things Japanese. When he was younger, we took “pretend” trips to other countries via Imaginary World Travels. When asked “which country would you like to visit”, his initial response was “Japan!” Kiddo was disappointed when I would remind him we had already visited Japan, and the point of our Imaginary travel was to visit a different country during each school break. Needless to say, the title of this recipe alone made it an automatic hit with him. It’s very similar in taste to Chicken Adobo, but with a thicker, sweeter sauce.

The first time I made Japanese Glazed Chicken Drumsticks, I made a mistake, which turned out to be a good thing. (Don’t you just love it when that happens?) I had transferred the chicken to a serving bowl, and was allowing the sauce to thicken just a little more when something happens (can’t remember what) that needed my immediate attention in the backyard. I turned down the heat, and had Kiddo stir the pot while I ran outside to help Hubby. It took a little longer than planned, and I hadn’t set a timer or instructed Kiddo to remove the pot after 5 minutes. The sauce became this wonderful, thick ultra-sticky glaze.

Japanese Glazed Chicken Drumsticks
12-16 chicken drumsticks
1/2 Cup Water
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup Japanese soy sauce (Kikkoman’s)
2 1/2 tablespoons ultra fine sugar
4 garlic cloves, peeled and bruised
1 small hot chili peppers, slit open, seeds removed
2 Green Onions, chopped for garnish (Optional)

Peel and bruise garlic. Chop hot chili peppers and green onions. Set aside until ready to use.

Place all the ingredients except green onions in a saucepan over a high heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 40 minutes.

Increase the heat, turning the drumsticks frequently in the liquid, and cook until the liquid has reduced to a thick glaze, about 20 minutes.

Remove chicken from glaze, keep warm. Lower heat and continue to allow glaze to reduce and thicken, about 10-15 minutes longer, stirring constantly to prevent burning.  Return chicken, coat well with glaze.

Arrange the chicken on a serving platter, remove the garlic clove and chili from the liquid, and spoon any remaining the glaze over the drumsticks. Garnish with chopped green onions just before serving.

Serve with steamed rice or Spicy Asian Inspired Stir-Fry Spaghetti.

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