Children’s cookbooks are great. The recipes are generally simple and unpretentious and require only basic cooking equipment. This baked chicken drumsticks recipe from a children’s cookbook by Annabel Karmel was in my ‘to-try’ list. One of the reasons I chose it was that I had a small bottle of balsamic vinegar sitting forlornly in my pantry. While this chicken recipe only requires a little balsamic vinegar and did not exactly empty the bottle, the baked drumsticks were very easy to make and deliciously sweet and sour, motivating me to find more alternative ways to cook with balsamic vinegar and try more easy recipes from children’s or beginner’s cookbooks.
Sticky Chicken Drumsticks
Adapted from a recipe in You Can Cook by Annabel Karmel (2010)
Place 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce and 2 tbsp honey in a bowl. Add 3 cloves garlic (crushed), 1 tsp grated ginger and some black pepper. Make 2-3 cuts on 4 chicken drumsticks. Place them into an oven-proof dish. Marinate the drumsticks for at least 20 minutes in the fridge. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Bake the drumsticks in the marinade for 45 minutes or until cooked through. Turn the drumsticks every 15 minutes or so.