Jan 17, 2014

Orange & Sesame Drumsticks

Orange & Sesame Drumsticks

One of the best things about having a (in my case two) slow cooker is not just the ease of it, but also the scent that slowly fills your house all day is a big plus to me.

Seriously, who doesn’t like to step into a house where the air is thick with the delicious scent of a slow simmered beef stew? The downside to a slow cooker is that it leaves you ravenous when dinner time is still hours away. Definitely a catch 22.

Same goes for these drumsticks simmered in a highly-addictive combination of spices, honey and orange juice. They’re especially fantastic when served over noodles and loads of crunchy stir-fried vegetables!

 

Ingredients:

2 pound chicken drumsticks
juice + zest from one orange
1 large garlic clove
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 1/2 tsp five-spice mix
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 to 1/2 tsp dried chili pepper
sesame seeds for garnish
salt & black pepper

 

Directions:

Wash the orange, grate the zest and run it through a juicer. Squeeze in the garlic.
Orange & Sesame Drumsticks

Add the five-spice mix and brown sugar. I always make my own five-spice blend, it’s so much better than store-bought.
Orange & Sesame Drumsticks

Add the ginger. I also dry my ginger and powder it when I need it. This way I always have ground ginger that tastes and smells like fresh ginger.
Orange & Sesame Drumsticks

Add the chili flakes, honey, soy sauce and sesame oil.
Orange & Sesame Drumsticks

Stir well until the honey has been dissolved.
Orange & Sesame Drumsticks

Season the chicken with a good pinch of salt and pepper.
Orange & Sesame Drumsticks

Heat 2 tbsp oil and brown the chicken on all sides.
Orange & Sesame Drumsticks

 
I tried this recipe with and without browning the chicken first. My guys liked the version with the browned chicken better, but feel free to just toss it in the slow cooker and call it a day! I’m not judging, I promise.
 

Transfer the drumsticks to your slow cooker.
Orange & Sesame Drumsticks

Pour in every last drop of this amazing marinade.
Orange & Sesame Drumsticks

Cook the drumsticks on low for 5 to 6 hours (depending on how hot your slow cooker gets), until the chicken is cooked through. Toss them around a bit now and then.
Orange & Sesame Drumsticks

 
You can use the cooking juice as is, but I prefer to add a tbsp cornstarch and turn it into a slightly thicker sauce. Spoon some of the sauce over the drumsticks and serve the rest on the side.
 

Garnish with sesame seeds, orange parts and spring onion.
Orange & Sesame Drumsticks

Orange & Sesame Drumsticks
Ingredients
    2 pound chicken drumsticks
    juice + zest from one orange
    1 large garlic clove
    2 tbsp brown sugar
    1 tbsp honey
    2 tbsp soy sauce
    1 tbsp sesame oil
    1 1/2 tsp five-spice mix
    1/2 tsp ground ginger
    1/4 to 1/2 tsp dried chili pepper
    sesame seeds for garnish
    salt & black pepper

Directions
    Wash the orange, grate the zest and run it through a juicer. Squeeze in the garlic. Add the five-spice mix, ground ginger, brown sugar, chili flakes, honey, soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir until the honey has dissolved.

    Season the chicken with salt and pepper, heat some olive oil and brown the chicken on all sides. transfer them to a slow cooker and pour in the marinade. Simmer on low for 5 to 6 hours, until the chicken is cooked through.

    Optionally you can thicken the cooking juices witha little cornstarch. Pour some of the sauce over the chicken and garnish with sesame seeds, orange parts and spring onion. Serve over noodles and stir-fried vegetables.

Meal type: Main Course, Chicken, Slow Cooker
Servings: 4
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