Who likes Sriracha? Seems like everybody does recently. Between Sriracha and it's awesome cousin, Sambal Oelek, I add a bit of spice to pretty much everything I eat, including stir-fry, curry chicken noodle soup, and bizarro hashes I make up for breakfast . When I saw a recipe in Bon Appetit for some sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks utilizing my favorite condiment, I had to try it.
This recipe worked out well for me, because it called for rice flour, and I happened to have some brown rice flour around from testing gluten-free crepes for my day job. A few other modifications I made to the recipe: 1.) BA's recipe calls for red currant or strawberry jelly, but I didn't have those on hand, so I used apricot preserves. This was a perfect substitute. 2.) I sprinkled on some toasted sesame seeds at the end for a nutty flavor and a bit of crunch.
In this recipe, the first step is very important. When you salt the chicken and let it stand, the salt draws out some of the moisture from the chicken skin. That allows the skin to get extra-crispy in the oven. The crispy skin combined with the sweet, sour and spicy Asian-inspired sauce makes this chicken a perfect easy meal. This recipe can also be made with chicken wings, which would be a fun party food!
Oh, and be careful when you're washing dishes, and don't accidentally breathe in a Sriracha-steam-dish soap cloud like I did. That was bad news bears.
Sriracha-Apricot Chicken Drumsticks
adapted from Bon Appetit
5 chicken drumsticks
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup Sriracha
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1. In a large bowl, toss chicken with salt. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 450°. In a medium bowl, stir together flour and cornstarch. Pat chicken dry with paper towel. Lightly dredge chicken with flour mixture; place on wire rack set over rimmed baking pan. Roast 55 minutes or until skin is browned and crisp; turning every 15 minutes.
4. Brush chicken with some Sriracha sauce; roast 8 minutes longer or until sauce begins to brown. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with remaining sauce.