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Friday night dinners: Sweet sticky drumsticks


Seasonal Paleo and gluten free recipes 

Friday night dinners: Sweet sticky drumsticks

Laura | Lau Sunday cooks

I normally plan my meals for the week on Thursday nights and then make a shopping list so that I don't end up with the 'what's for dinner/lunch?' dilemma.  But Sunday is the day when I cook most of the week's lunches in advance. If I can, that is.

However, there is one meal I never include in this weekly plan: Friday-night dinner.

Friday means the end of a long week and the beginning of the long-awaited weekend. Fridays are for breaking the routine after a hard working week, for doing whatever makes you happy with the people you love, for letting your hair down and dancing on the kitchen worktops! err.. is that too much?!

Because it depends on what we feel like eating, S and I decide on our Friday-night dinner pretty much the same day. Then, after work, I pop up to the supermarket to get all the ingredients I need and when I come home, I do what I love and what relaxes me: cooking while I listen to this song (among many others) and drinking a glass of wine.

Last Friday, I felt like trying some new flavours and -inspired by Delicious magazine- I cooked these sweet sticky drumsticks served with baked sweet and white potatoes chips.

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Without a doubt, the sauce is the real star of this dish: an elaborate and delicate sauce made from organic tamari soya, oyster sauce, English mustard, raw honey and Chinese five-spice powder. It tastes sweet and slightly spicy on the palate. Absolutely finger-licking good (literally!)

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Get the weekend off with the best start by cooking these sticky sweet drumsticks if...
1. You are not in the mood to spend a  lot of time in the kitchen

Being realistic, not everybody likes to spend lots of time in the kitchen and if it’s Friday, even more so. Is this the case? If so, this dish is perfect for you!  The total time needed to make it is about an hour, but just 5 minutes' hands-on time! It'll take you less time than choosing a takeaway and phoning them with your order.  Let the oven do the rest while you relax with your loved ones. 

2. It is NOT a romantic meal. 

I mean, if you are having a date and you aren't yet completely comfortable with that person, I advise you not to make this meal. It's as tasty as it is messy (unless licking your fingers is your best weapon of seduction!).

3. There are kids at home. 

Anything sweet that you can eat with your fingers is a sure bet when kids are around.

4. Last  but not least... This meal is perfect if it is nearly the end of the month so your budget is a bit tight. 

The ingredients in this dish are easy on the budget - plus, any leftovers can be frozen or eaten the next day.

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Serves 4


1/4 cup soy sauce 
1/4 cup honey 
2 tbs oyster sauce  
2 tbs English mustard  
1 tsp Chinese five spice 
8 chicken drumsticks 
2 tsp sesame seeds 


  1. Combine the soy sauce, honey, vinegar, oyster sauce, mustard and five spice in a large bowl, and stir to combine.
  2. Add the chicken and toss to coat, then set aside for at least 30 minutes to marinate. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F.

  4. Transfer the chicken to a small roasting pan and roast, turning every 15 minutes, for 45 minutes or until cooked through.

  5. Remove chicken from the pan and keep warm.

  6. Transfer the remaining sauce to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil and simmer for 4 minutes or until reduced and thickened. Pour the sauce over the chicken, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  7. Serve with sweet potato chips. Enjoy! 

By Laura | Lau Sunday cooks