This is one of my favorite things to serve at a cocktail party. These Sweet Chili Chicken Drummettes are easier to eat than chicken wings, and are sweet and spicy with just a little bit of crunch.
It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients to create a heavy dose of flavor. These drummettes get a load of spicy flavor from chili garlic pasteï¿½a heat that’s balanced out nicely by the mellow sweetness of a little honey.
Add in a little earthiness from a drizzle of mushroom soy and the crunch and pop of sesame seeds and fresh chives, and you’ve got a practically perfect party food. Oh, and because chicken drummettes are relatively fatty, they tend to stay moist and juicy in the oven.
The best part? They cook in the oven in 30 minutesï¿½just the perfect amount of time to greet your guests and shake up their first cocktail.
Sweet Chili Chicken Drummettes: A note on ingredients
Chili garlic paste is a staple sauce you can find in some grocery stores and almost all Asian markets. It’s loaded with mashed chilis and little chunks of garlic. It’s potent stuff and is a great way to add a lot of flavor to a dish quickly.
I like Lee Kum Kee brand a lot, but by all means use your favorite sauce.
For sesame oil, I like Kadoya brand. We use a lot of it at The Mouse House, so we usually pick up a vat of it at our Asian market. It does come in smaller bottles. If you can get your paws on it, I highly recommend giving it a try. It has a wonderful, toasty sesame flavor.
OK! On to the chicken!
Sweet Chili Chicken Drummettes
2.5 lbs. chicken drummettes
2 Tbls. honey
1 Tbls. mushroom soy sauce
1 Tbls. light soy sauce
2 Tbls. chili garlic paste
1 Tbls. sesame oil
chives, minced, for garnish
Serves about 4-6 as an appetizer
Sweet Chili Chicken Drummettes: Marinate your chicken
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil and parchment paper and set aside.
Grab your chicken. Give it a quick rinse under cold water. Pat it dry.
Put your drummettes in a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Set them aside on the counter to knock the chill off them. In the meantime, make the marinade.
Grab a medium-sized bowl. Add the honey.
Add the mushroom soy and the light soy.
Toss in the chili garlic paste.
Add the sesame oil. With a fork or whisk, mix the marinade well to combine all ingredients.
Pour the marinade into the zip-top bag and over your chicken.
Seal the bag well. Smoosh it around between your hands to coat the chicken.
Sweet Chili Chicken Drummettes: Roast the chicken
When the chicken is well coated, transfer it to your prepared sheet pan.
Line them up so there’s a little space between each.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
You want to get a good coating on each drummette, like this:
When each drummette is coated with seeds, they’re ready to cook.
Pop them into your preheated oven and roast for about 25-30 minutes at 375 degrees.
Your final cooking time will depend on how big your drummettes are. When they’re done, they should have a nice brown crust.
The best way to test one? Cut into one to be sure they’re cooked in the middle. Because they’re little things, they’ll cook fast.
Sweet Chili Chicken Drummettes: Serve & enjoy!
Transfer the drummettes to a serving platter. Sprinkle with chopped chives and a little kosher salt, if you like.