At times I feel that we take eating chicken for granted and we just add it to dishes as the ‘meat’ element.
Sometimes I like to put a bit more effort into making another chicken recipe just that little bit special.
This one requires some time to marinade, either prep this the night before or on the morning of the day you plan to eat it.
It’s also amazing cooked on the BBQ!
his is one of the many lean recipes that I’ve created where flavour and simplicity are key. There are hundreds of lean recipes in my app The Lean Cook with adjustable calories and macros.
Ingredients for 4 servings
|1 kg||chicken drumsticks||400 g||white onion||2||garlic cloves||4 tbsp||dark soy sauce||100 ml||sesame oil||30 ml||mirin or rice vinegar||1/2 tsp||chilli flakes||4 inch||ginger||100 g||spring onion||15 g||sesame seeds||300 g||tender stem broccoli||salt & pepper|
- Place the drumsticks into a bowl while you prepare the marinade.
- Peel the onions and ginger and put them into a food processor to finely chop along with the garlic cloves.
- Pour the sesame oil, soy sauce and mirin/rice vinegar into the food processor and blend for a couple of minutes.
- Set aside 3 tablespoons of the marinade before you pour the remaining marinade over the chicken and thoroughly coat the chicken.
- Cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave the chicken to marinade for as long as possible (for best results leave overnight).
- To cook the chicken, pre-heat your oven to 200°C fan/400°F and line a baking sheet with non stick foil.
- Remove each drumstick from the bowl and wipe-off any excess marinade before placing onto the baking sheet.
- When all the chicken pieces have been placed onto the baking sheet, sprinkle the top with the chilli flakes before baking.
- When the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the oven.
- While the chicken is cooking, place the broccoli onto another lined baking sheet and brush with the marinade you set aside.
- Place the broccoli into the oven to bake until the stems are tender.
- Lightly toast the sesame seeds in a hot dry frying pan before sprinkling over the chicken along with the finely chopped spring onion.
- Serve the broccoli with your chicken and enjoy!
- Feel free to use either chicken drumsticks or thighs for this recipe. The brown meat of the chicken seems to work best at staying moist during the cooking process.
- If you’re making this recipe in the summer, cooking the chicken on the BBQ will elevate the flavour. Just make sure the chicken is cooked through before serving.