Jun 27, 2013

Jalapeño & Pineapple Drumsticks

Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

One of the hardest things for me, being a compulsive marinater, is adding flavour to chicken without compromising or taking over its natural flavour. Seriously, nothing beats a good roast chicken, but there’s no law that says you can’t add a little to that!

So, I added the freshness of pineapple juice and paired it with the heat of jalapeño, the earthiness of garlic, the zestiness of ginger and lime, and finally some brown sugar for a touch of sweetness.

They made such sweet music together!

 

Ingredients:

2 pounds drumstick
1 or 2 jalapeños
1/4 heaping tsp ground coriander
1/2 a lime
1″ piece of ginger
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pineapple juice
kosher salt and black pepper

 

Directions:

Frozen jalapeño. Defrosted they’re not nearly as soggy as you’d think! Not at all, actually. Finely mince it.
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

 
My jalapeño was rather hot. It seems that the jalapeños I grew myself are so much more spicy than store-bought peppers. If yours is mellower, you might want to consider using two of them.
 

Combine the jalapeño with the crushed garlic and grate the ginger in there as well.
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

Sprinkle in the ground coriander followed by a tbsp soy sauce.
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

In with the brown sugar, pineapple and lime juice.
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

Mix it all up and bring it to a boil.
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

Simmer over low heat for about 7 or 8 minutes.
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

Line a roasting tray with aluminum foil and learn from my mistakes: do not forget to pour some water in there as well!
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

 
I forgot and after a good 10 minutes the sugar in the drippings started to burn filling the oven (and therefore my kitchen) with smoke. Having given up smoking 12+ years ago, it was pretty nasty.
 

Line up those drumsticks.
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

Brush the top with the glaze. No point in brushing the bottom, too, at this point.
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

Very lightly season them with kosher salt and cracked black pepper.
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

 
Place the tray in a preheated oven at 200Cº (400Fº) for 20 minutes.
 

They should have a nice tan after those 20 minutes. Take them out and flip them over.
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

Brush the other side with the glaze and season them lightly.
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

I quickly poured some water into the foil. My bad.
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

 
Place the tray back into the oven for another 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure the core temperature is 74Cº (165Fº) measured in the thickest part of the drumstick.
 

These were perfect! I served them with my sweet citrus & broccoli rice.
Jalapeno & Pineapple Glazed Drumsticks

Jalapeño & Pineapple Drumsticks
Ingredients
    2 pounds drumstick
    1 or 2 jalapeños
    1/4 heaping tsp ground coriander
    1/2 a lime
    1″ piece of ginger
    1 tbsp soy sauce
    1 garlic clove
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup pineapple juice
    kosher salt and black pepper

Directions
    Finely mince the jalapeño (remove the seeds) and place them in a sauce pan along with the crushed garlic, grated ginger, ground coriander, soy sauce, brown sugar, pineapple juice and lime juice. bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 7 t0 8 minutes.

    Line a roasting tray with aluminium foil and fill it with a tiny bit of water to catch the drippings. Put the roasting rack on top and line up the chicken. Brush the top-side with the glaze and lightly season them with salt and pepper.

    Place the tray in a preheated oven at 200Cº (400Fº) for 20 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven, flip the drumsticks and brush that side. Season lightly and place back into the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure the core temperature is 74Cº (165Fº) measured in the thickest part of the drumstick.

Meal type: Chicken, Main Course
Servings: 4
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