Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Joe can cook! Episode 2: Oven Baked Chicken Drumsticks

The Australians are quite an extreme population, walk on the streets and you either see the fitness freaks jogging along the Yarra River during lunch time, guys with the biggest biceps but with tiny legs and then you have the opposite side of the spectrum, huge overweight guys and girls, young to old. I maybe generalising of course, but you get the overall picture.

So what is the relevance with food?

The eating pattern of the Australians ultimately determine the price of the produce and with all the healthy conscious people eating chicken breast and the unhealthy ones eating Schnitzels and nuggets, things like chicken drumsticks are unbelievably cheap especially if you don't care whether its been pumped up with hormones or lived in a cage of its same size. 

For as little as AUD4.50, i bought 8 drumsticks that day. To convert or not to convert, i must say its a pretty good deal. It is something along the lines of 50 cents a drumstick? 

So with lesson 2, lets get a little more adventurous and use the oven today.

Firstly though, the marinade for the chicken.

1. I am a person who dumps anything i can get hold of to marinade meat, and be generous especially if you don't have time for it sit in the fridge. Lets start off with some garlic, shallots, oyster sauce, soya sauce (a little), black pepper, paprika powder, olive oil and some herbs off the bottle (unless you have fresh ones, of course) like rosemary or thyme. Make sure its coated well.
2. Pre-heat the oven at 200 deg. 
3. Pop it in along with some root vegetables like sweet potato drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper.
4. Close to the 40 minute mark, brush with honey and crank up the temperature to 220 deg for 10 minutes. At this point make sure you turn the chicken drumsticks around after 5 minutes.
5. Your drumsticks should be well cooked and hopefully caramelized from the honey!

If you are unbelievably hungry, once you see that the meat is cooked through and there is no blood between the meat and bone, feel free to skip to Step 4 and spread the honey.

The chicken is in the oven, how is it going to look like when it is done?

I wished mine was more caramelized but it came with unusually little skin to get that effect.

Serve with some side vegetables and if you like some rice or noodles and you got a whole meal. An average person should be well fed with 3-4 drumsticks and that means the whole meal shouldn't cost you more than AUD 3-4, what a deal right? 

So if Joe can cook, so can you.......?


Fui Lemonadelime said...

you can actually put some vege(carrot,leek and onions) under the chicken to bake. So you can use the juice to make gravy to pour on top of the drumstick, even more delicious ^.^

the drumstick seem to be cheaper in Malaysia :D

J said...

Less skin makes it healthier, I guess... :)

qwazymonkey said...

You can use the access oil and bake some potato or carrots with it! Yumm... ur definitely gonna get your own show real soon.

I've also wondered why on earth drumsticks are so blardee cheap in Aus.

CUMI & CIKI said...

indeed, joe can cook.. but can joe cook for me?! :p

Michelle Chin said...

You don't buy organic?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: if i had the money la, but then again dis was bought in coles, too lazy to c what was what.

c&c: come down in melb and joe WILL cook for you haha!

qm: thats wat i did, i had some sweet potatoes as well!

j: too healthy =)

fui: yeah i got a simple dish on leeks next!

jason said...

This is episode 2! Where's the episode one??? *ransack older posts

Sean said...

are u taking requests for this 'joe can cook' series? cos i'm requesting a pasta dish! :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: pasta i c? i think i have one up my sleeve, wait wait!

jason: episode is last week, a prawn and avocado salad.

thule a.k.a leo said...

Ooooo... jaga your weight ok?? Otherwise I might not recognise you when I see you again sometime in the near future :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: haha if anything u will c a skinner version of me la!

tummythoz said...

Yummy! Roast mine with bell peppers please, NJoeTheCook.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tummythoz: good idea! bell peppers next!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Yummeh. Reminds me of the bbq at your place, Nips. Ah, memories.....! :-D

AugustDiners said...

Hahaha. i see u're living a student income life as we were back in those days, i LOVE their super worthy deal on chicken wings and drumsticks! Always buy several KGS at one go. in fact it used to be even cheaper, but i guess with all these "foreign students", the demand is there so they raise their price up a lil'.

P/S. Victoria Market or other suburbs market has really CHEAP steak. One tray for AUD10 bucks wei....:D

Bangsar-bAbE said...

When are you cooking for us? *puppy eyes* =D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: if u ever come visit me!

augustdiners: yeah it reminds me of student life, haha. yeah i been buying steak too, need to take pictures before i eat!

ll: yeah that chicken maryland i marinated that night was awesome!

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Life for Beginners said...

Ooh gosh, that sure is some cheap drumsticks! And quite a healthy way to prepare it too, so fuhgettabout chicken breasts, says I! :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: haha yeah forget chicken breasts, i say.

Grazia Amethyst Lim said...

Hi Joe..

I had this for the first few months.. AND...found an improved version...

Stick the marinated chicken with some flour/ corn flour and THEN crushed cornflakes! My church "kids" love the cornflakes chicken drumsticks! =)

Next time, if u manage to get Chinese five spices powder, lagi best!! hehehehe!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

grace: haha yes that would give it some crunch and a more asian flavour to it!