Description: An Eastern spin on a Spanish delicacy. Famous for it's tangy
flavor, and flavorful aroma, this is a fix for those looking for a robust meal.
Chicken is battered with Vinegar, Soy Sauce and Pepper while being
accentuated by onions and garlic. Great dish for all times of the year.
Casually enjoyed with a side of white rice.
Flavor: Salty and Sour
Preparation Time: 20-30 minutes
Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes
-A pack of Chicken Drumsticks
-1 clove of Garlic
-1/2 a yellow onion
-Oil* [I use Canola, Vegetable is fine too.]
-Ground Pepper* or Pepper Corns*
*In this recipe, ingredients are added liberally and necessary amounts can be adjusted as desired. Preparation:
Begin by taking a large pan, one large enough to roll chicken
around without causing too much splatter of oil.
Place enough oil to cover the surface of the pan. The pan I
normally use is a circular, stainless steel pan, about 11 inches in diameter.
1/4 cup should do it here, but use your best judgement if you
have a smaller pan.
Simmer over low
This will set while you prepare the vegetables.
Chopping an onion can be a challenge with the silicon dioxide gases that arise after cutting.
You can reduce the tearing effect by submerging the onion in water after
chopping the ends off. I let it soak in a bowl for 5 min then I proceed to dice.
For garlic, take a blunt end and smash the garlic cloves once. You should be able to extricate smooth, waxy cream colored cloves. Chop and dice these and place the shells aside.
After getting your diced vegetables, place into heated pan. CAUTION!
The oil will now be hot and any contact will cause the oil to jump wildly. Look away
while placing diced Onions and Garlic into pan.
Stir the vegetables [while minding the occasional oil spray] until garlic slightly browned.
This usually takes 5-7 minutes.
Now go ahead and place the drumsticks into the pan. Cooking:
Stir the drumsticks in with the vegetables.
Raise temperature to low-medium heat.
Drizzle soy sauce and vinegar over chicken.
I drizzle enough soy sauce to get about a
tablespoon over each piece of chicken.
Amount is approximate.
If you put more soy sauce, you get a more salty result.
If you put a lot of Vinegar, you get a very bitter result.
To my knowledge, 4 tablespoons of Soy Sauce is pretty decent
and a tablespoon or two of vinegar is suitable.
I pour straight from the bottle, but that's my best approximation.
You may have spent about 5 minutes stirring the chicken around
with the garlic and onions. At this point, everything is ready to sit.
Before that, add just a little bit of water so that the chicken doesn't
stick to the bottom of the pan. My estimate, about half a cup of water.
Just try to get enough so everything at the bottom is loose, but not
Now you're going to let everything simmer over low heat, covered.
Let sit for about 5-7 minutes.
Add water about 7 minutes in if chicken appears to be sticking to pan.
[don't be afraid to give chicken a slight nudge] Also, this is a good point
to add pepper to the mix. Go ahead and sprinkle over chicken. I give mine
a good, even coating, but then douse with the simmering broth surrounding
the chicken. Peppercorns may be used in place or conjunction for a sharper
Cover again and let simmer for 7-10 more minutes under low heat.
By the end, the chicken should be pale yellow-brown. If the Chicken
appears pink, it is uncooked. Let simmer with a little more water for
another 10 minutes until cooked.
Remove from heat and serve immediately. Serving:
This dish serves as many drumsticks you've used.
1-2 drumsticks is my serving suggestion for one meal.
I think this dish is best enjoyed with a side of white rice and if need be, a side of Tabasco. The extra broth soaks into the rice adding a touch of flavor that could be missed without the rice.
I'd like to say, that drumsticks don't need to be used exclusively and that
pork or pieces of shredded chicken may be used, though I haven't quite
cooked in that way yet.
Final note, the Chicken may contain small pieces of bone. Get your fork to feel in and around the exposed meat and don't be afraid to pick out bone fragments with your had. Please be careful not to chew/choke on pieces of bone.