Anise-Adobo Chicken Drumsticks

  • Yield: 4 servings


8-- chicken drumsticks
2-- scallions, chopped
1/3cup lite soy sauce (low-sodium)
1cup water
1/2cup rice vinegar
2-- bay leaves
2slices slices star fruit
4whole cloves
1teaspoon sesame oil
1/4cup brown sugar
1/4teaspoon hot sauce
2tablespoons cilantro, minced
2tablespoons unsalted peanuts, chopped



  1. Prepare gas or charcoal grill, or preheat broiler
  2. In medium bowl, combine scallions, soy sauce, water, rice vinegar, bay leaves, star fruit, cloves, sesamie oil, brown sugar and hot sauce. Stir to combine
  3. Pour into large, lidded pan. Place chicken drumsticks in single layer in pan. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and gently simmer chicken for 20 – 25 minutes. (Chicken can be held in the refrigerator, covered in poaching liquid) up to two days.)
  4. Remove drumsticks from liquid, place on preheated grill or under broiler, and cook, turning, about 6 minutes per side, until chicken is cooked throughout and skin crisp brown.
  5. While chicken cooks, strain p[oaching liquid into small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook to reduce to about 1 cup of sauce.
  6. Remove chicken from grill, top with Cilantro and peanuts, and serve with sauce.