Thai-Style Chicken Drumsticks

My favorite make-ahead lunch is chicken – it can take on almost any flavor, making it a versatile option.  I like to use chicken breasts, thighs, or drumsticks on the bone, but any cut would work for this type of recipe.  This week, I used Thai-inspired flavors for a meal I’m still not tired of on Wednesday.

Thai-Style Chicken Drumsticks

Servings: 3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: ~50 minutes

Ingredients:

8 chicken drumsticks (I love the ones from here)
4 cloves black garlic, sliced thinly (because they’re fermented, they give the broth an extra kick)
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2 T minced fresh ginger
2 T chives, chopped
1/2 tsp lemongrass
4 pieces sliced, dried galangal
4 kaffir lime leaves
2 c stock (I use homemade chicken, but I’ve used veggie/beef stock and it turned out just as good)
1.5 T coconut aminos
1/2 tsp Red Boat Fish Sauce
4 red thai chilis (optional)
Lime zest and cilantro for garnish (optional)

Directions:

(1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

(2) Pat chicken dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper to your liking.  Place drumsticks in an oven-safe, hot pan, and sear for 6-9 minutes on each side.

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(2) While the chicken is cooking, slice your ginger, garlic(s), and chives.

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(3) When chicken is ready, add the stock and cook on medium-high until the stock comes close to a boil.  Add all other ingredients and stir to mix the stock and flavorings.

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(4) Cook in oven at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, then use tongs to carefully turn the chicken once.  (I’ve got seared in battle scars from a not-so-careful flip, so watch out).

(5) Cook an additional 20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees (in the meaty parts, not on the bone.)  Garnish with lime zest (or cilantro – I was out this week) for an extra hit of freshness.

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I’ve loved every bit of this meal this week, even as leftovers!  FYI – because the broth was made first in the pressure cooker and then was recooked here, it is very gelatinous when cooled.  Even still, make sure to use a spill-proof container if transporting.  I love these and these for work.

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