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Chinese-style Salt and Pepper Chicken Drumsticks

Mar 14, 2012 at 4:33 PM Chime in now

Chinese style chicken

THE ILLUSTRATED COOKBOOK

This classic Chinese-style chicken dish pairs perfectly with rice.

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

8 chicken drumsticks
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp freshly cracked black pepper
about 2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 fresh hot red chile peppers, seeded and sliced into strips lengthwise
bunch of scallions (green onions), sliced on the diagonal
lemon wedges, for serving

Directions:

1. Lay the chicken drumsticks in a bamboo or other steamer basket (or use a colander fitted inside a large pot, if you don't have a steamer basket). Place the steamer over a pan of boiling water, cover, and steam for 10-15 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan, and let cool slightly.

2. Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Mix together the flour, salt, and pepper. Firmly pat the mixture all over the chicken to coat. Place the drumsticks in a roasting pan with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil, and cook for 10-15 minutes until crispy and golden.

3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tbsp of vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat. Add the chiles and scallions, and cook for about 5 minutes until lightly browned at the edges. Remove with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. To serve, sprinkle the scallion mixture over the hot drumsticks, and garnish with lemon wedges for squeezing.

 


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