Seasoned with a decidedly Asian slant, these fried five-spice chicken drumettes were tossed with hoisin sauce and toasted sesame seeds before serving for added texture and flavor.
But it really all starts with five-spice powder. Although what the five spices are can vary, the same basic principle remains — it is a mixture of piquant (I so hate to use the word pungent when describing something so good), sweet, sour, salty and a shade bitter. Five-spice powder can be bought in packets in most groceries but if you like to try making your own, just place some star anise, fennel seeds, Sichuan pepper, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar and grind until fine. Once you have your basic seasoning, you’re ready to prepare these delicious five-spice chicken drumettes.
Five-spice Chicken Drumettes
- 24 chicken drumettes
- 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 3 to 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 3 to 4 tablespoons rice wine
- 1 to 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- a pinch of chili flakes
- 2 cups cooking oil for deep frying
- 2 heaping tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1/4 cup corn or tapioca starch
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- Place the chicken drumettes in a shallow bowl. Add the five-spice powder, soy sauce, rice wine, oyster sauce and chili flakes. Mix well. Cover and keep in the fridge for a couple of hours.
- Heat the cooking oil in a wok or frying pan.
- Place the starch in a resealable bag. Drop in the chicken drumettes. Seal and shake well.
- Fry in hot oil over medium heat, in batches of six to eight, for about three minutes. Turn up the heat to high and fry for another minute. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
- When all the chicken drumettes have been fried, take a clean frying pan and pour in the hoisin sauce. Heat gently, spreading the sauce over the entire bottom of the pan. Add the cooked chicken drumettes. Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over them. Toss to coat each chicken piece with hoisin sauce and sesame seeds. When all of the sauce has been absorbed, transfer the chicken drumettes to a serving plate and serve at once.