Mouthwatering Chinese Chicken Drumsticks

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

Kids and adults alike seem to love this recipe! My mother, who is Chinese, always made chicken this way. Now that I'm an adult, I make it this way too. It's simple, easy, and always turns out delicious. It's a big hit with company!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Marinade

  • 6 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons oyster sauce (Lee Kum Chee is the best brand. I buy mine in bulk at an oriental market)
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cooking sherry
  • 2 tablespoons pancake syrup (while it may seem bizarre, this is the most important ingredient. The syrup caramelizes as the chick)
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • Meat

  • 8 chicken drumsticks


  1. Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a zip-lock bag. Add chicken. Marinade overnight.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Line a medium-sized baking pan with aluminum foil and sprinkle the bottom of the pan with salt
  4. Dump the contents of the bag (including the sauce) into the pan. Arrange the drumsticks so that they are not touching each other.
  5. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for forty-five minutes.
  6. Remove the top layer of foil and turn the chicken over. Bake for an additional fifteen to twenty minutes, until the top of the chicken is nicely browned.
  7. Remove from oven.
  8. I always serve this with white rice, and pour the drippings from the chicken over the rice.
Most Helpful

Delicious! I used boneless chicken breasts because my husband dislikes dark meat but I want to try this someday with drumsticks, too.

stonecoldcrazy June 14, 2009