Sweet spicy marinated chicken

Sweet spicy marinated chicken

This deliciously sweet glaze will spice up chicken drumsticks a treat. You can serve them as party snacks just on their own or as part of a more substantial meal if you serve them with rice and vegetables.

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  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 4 heaped teaspoons of Chinese five-spice
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger paste
  • 4 tablespoons of tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of runny honey
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of chilli paste


Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / gas mark 4.

Put the chicken drumsticks in the smallest roasting tin that will take them spread out flat.

Sprinkle the Chinese five-spice over them and then a good pinch of salt.

Toss the drumsticks around to get them fully coated in the spice and sugar but make sure they end up still spread out flat.

Cover with tin foil and roast for around 50 minutes until they are tender.

Add the ginger paste, tomato ketchup, soy sauce, and honey to a bowl and mix well to create the glaze.

When the chicken is ready, remove the tray from the oven, take off the foil and use enough glaze to give each drumstick a first coating.

Then, return to the oven uncovered for a further 30 minutes, but every 5-10 minutes or so keep adding more glaze until it is all used up. They should end up looking golden brown but be careful not to let them burn.

Serve with any sides of your choice.


After giving the drumsticks the first coat of glaze you can stick these under the grill instead of back in the oven, if you prefer. You will still need to continue glazing and turning for the next 30 minutes or so and making sure nothing gets burned. Also, it’s a good idea to line your roasting tray with foil so that it’s easier to clean off all the sticky glaze.


It’s easy to forget the vital role played by bees in bringing you this deliciously finger-licking dish. Apiarists estimate that a single bee would need to fly 90,000 miles to produce one pound of honey. That’s a lot of air miles. Fortunately, she bee isn’t on her own. Those bees have to gather the nectar from two million flowers to get that pound of honey. Each bee visits between 50-100 flowers on each gathering trip before heading back to the hive. And yes, all worker bees are female. The males (drones) just buzz around doing nothing much.

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