Photo: Jan Smith
4 servings (serving size: 2 drumsticks)

For an irresistible appetizer, prepare this recipe with two pounds of drummettes instead of chicken drumsticks. Serve the rest of the bottle of sake with the meal.

How to Make It

Combine chicken, ginger, and salt in a large bowl, tossing to coat. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken, and cook for 6 minutes or until browned on all sides. Add sake and next 4 ingredients (through lemon juice); cook 1 minute. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Bring sauce to a boil. Cook until sauce is reduced to 1/2 cup (about 5 minutes). Return chicken to pan, turning to coat. Sprinkle green onions over chicken.

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Ratings & Reviews


August 29, 2015

soontobe's Review

October 31, 2012

Mander684's Review

February 09, 2012
Very delish :) The ingredients to this recipe is very similar to my husband's recipe for his chicken marinade so when I tried this recipe for the first time, I knew what I was doing :) Thank goodness. I ate these with steamed broccoli and white rice. Most definitely will cook this again...maybe tomorrow :)

mrsdanko's Review

January 24, 2012
Great recipe and very cost effective! I did as recommended before by marinating them with the skin off but I used 1 1/2 cup OJ, 1/4 cup soy, 1/2 cup chicken broth (to evenly coat 2lbs of drumsticks in a freezer bag), 2 heaping tablespoons of brown sugar, and sliced a one inch section of peeled ginger. I marinated them for 4 hours and then followed the instructions the rest of the way as instructed and just poured the marinade through a strainer right into the pan. I used cornstarch to thicken the sauce before tossing to coat the cooked drumsticks. One critique, it did take longer than 6 minutes to brown the chicken in a stainless steel pan and it did take longer than 10 minutes with the lid on to cook the chicken all the way through in the sauce (I did not use little drumettes). It was fantastic when all was done!

Monique1672's Review

September 25, 2011
It was ok. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts instead. I also took other reviewers' advice and marinated it prior. It was ok - still kind of bland. My husband liked it. Not sure what I did wrong for it to not be delicious. Considering all the other recipes out there, I don't think I'll make this one again.

crysmys's Review

May 23, 2011
Yum! Will definitely be adding this to our regular rotation. Next time will try marinading the chicken in the OJ/soy/ginger mixture as another reviewer did. A big hit all around.

marlicreeach's Review

September 07, 2010
loved it, a lot! I altered it a bit though... I marinated the chicken in soy sauce & orange juice with slices of ginger before cooking. I used brown sugar instead of white, rice wine vinegar instead of sake, a little bit more orange juice than it called for and cooked fresh pineapple chunks in the sauce which I served with the Chicken. I also served baby bok choy with it.

BleuGirl's Review

March 16, 2010
Everyone thought this dish was delicious! I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs and a couple of boneless chicken breasts instead of drumsticks. Served it with chicken fried rice (box mix) and sugar snaps. Will definitely be making this again!