Comfort Food Friday: Sesame Chicken Drumsticks

Sesame chicken was always my favorite type of chicken to eat whenever we would go to our local Chinese restaurant. However, because of the refined sugars and corn starch and syrups used in many recipes, I decided to recreate this classic using clean ingredients that would not leave my body feeling sick after indulging. As I mentioned before in my Getting Your Health Journey Started: Tips for Success post, my dad is the king of picky eaters. Needless to say, this recipe is picky eater approved! It is also one of my hubby’s faves like EVER. The sweet and tangy sauce with tender chicken makes this recipe my go-to on days when I need a quick yet tasty dinner. I definitely recommend making this recipe when you have guests over, or even to take to a potluck. It is quick, easy, tasty, and all you have to do is serve it over some stir-fried/steamed veggies, or cauliflower rice. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1.75 Pounds of Chicken Drumsticks with Skin (Skinless will also work, but may be less tender and juicy)
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Honey
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • Salt and Pepper to Your Taste

Procedure:

  • Wash chicken drumsticks very well.
  • Place washed chicken in a bowl or inside a Ziplock bag
  • Add all dry ingredients to your chicken, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, and 1/2 Tbsp of your sesame oil.
  • Let chicken marinade in the fridge for at least an hour (flavors will be better developed, but you can also opt to get straight to business without waiting to marinade)
  • In a pan, add the remainder of the sesame oil and heat over medium heat
  • Add chicken drumsticks and pour marinade over them
  • Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes
  • Flip drumsticks and cook another 3 minutes
  • Add honey making sure to cover all drumsticks
  • Cover your pan with a lid and lower the temperature medium low for 15-20 minutes. You may add some water if you feel the pan is too dry.
  • Check your chicken and sauce. Add more honey if needed. Sauce should be thick and not watery or runny. If it is too watery uncover your pan for a couple of minutes until it thickens up.
  • Add sesame seeds and serve! Enjoy!

I hope you all enjoy this recipe. I have been making it for the past year and it is always a hit. I normally serve my drumsticks over sauteed red and green bell peppers with onions and butternut or delicata squash. Time for you to relax with your loved ones and enjoy your well deserved weekend! Until next time, peace and blessings.

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