Braised Chicken Drumsticks
This Chinese braised chicken drumsticks (滷雞腿) is a simple and homely dish. It is quick to cook as the simmering time is less than an hour. Unlike braised pork, this is not a dish which can withstand a long simmering time, as the chicken skin and meat will start to fall apart – definitely not a pretty sight if the drumsticks are not served intact.
More Braised Dishes:
- Braised Pork Belly (豆油肉) Recipe (above)
- Braised Shiitake Mushrooms Recipe
- Braised Ee-Fu Noodles Recipe
The braised chicken keeps well in the fridge and also reheats easily with the microwave or on the stove, so I always make more for leftovers. As my mum always says, braised food tastes better the next day. I also took the chance to use the leftover sauce to soak and make ramen eggs (eggs with runny yolk) which is a luxurious treat in a humble dish like this.
These are the aromatics I used for all my braised dishes. The labels in light colour (garlic, star anise, white peppercorn, cinnamon) are the essentials to me, while the labels in darker colour (cloves, cardamon & green part of negi) are optional but very good to have. Not shown in pic is the 5-spice powder, but just a little bit though. With these aromatics, the rule is that a little goes a long way in a dish like this. Using too much spices will result in overpowering flavours.
This is my casserole before cooking. I try to submerge the chicken and dried mushrooms fully in the sauce, so that the colour and flavours will be even. I also place the small dried ingredients in a disposable soup stock pouch for convenience (discard the pouch when the dish is done).
Keep the lid partially open (leave a small opening for ventilation) during simmering. Add hard-boiled eggs during last 10 minutes of simmering.
This is the stew when cooked. Discard the negi and disposable soup stock pouch.
Very nutritious and delicious!
Do not mean to contaminate the recipe but can I add cabbage, potatoes and carrots?
they sound like good additions to the braised chicken!
I want some steamed rice or plain porridge with this comfort homey dish.
What a lovely recipe! Sooo super quick and easy to throw together and it tasts delicious!! This is going to make a repeat appearance on my table REGULARLY! Thank you so much