Do you know those days where nothing can satisfy you? You feel you want to eat something different from your everyday meals but you don’t have a clue about what to prepare? Yeah, it happens with me more often than you think. Eating has a lot to do with my mood and even though I have a plentyful repertory to play with, I always catch myself spying other people’s kitchen to diversify. That was how I found this place, Taste of Home, a blog about Asian food maintained by a Malaysian.
Coincidence or destiny, I don’t know. All I know is that first this picture won me and gave me an enormous hunger; second, I had some drumsticks in my fridge waiting to be cooked.
The problem is Asian food always requires ingredients I never have in hand. So, to avoid going after them, I kept looking at “Jen’s recipe notebook” and chose this other sauce, gorgeous!
I ended mixing both recipes, gave my Brazilian touch and from all that mess another sweet and sour chicken was born, perfect for moments of indecision.
As you can see, I used here a particular kind of pepper, a Brazilian one that isn’t hot but has a distinguishable aroma. In case you have a Brazilian store next to you and want to give it a try, ask for “pimenta de cheiro” (sorry, no translation here).
If not, don’t worry, just use red chilli peppers as the the original recipe asks for and have in mind what Jen says: “in Chinese home cooking, a lot of times, most ingredients are only given in approximates”. So, you are very welcome to adapt them to your taste.
Season chicken with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Let it rest overnight or at least for 2h.
Heat oven at 350˚F. Arrange drumsticks in a bake sheet with garlic cloves and pieces of lemon. Bake for 15 minutes, turn and bake for extra 15 minutes, until chicken is golden in color and juices come clear.
Meanwhile prepare sauce. Heat oil in a small sauce pan and sauté garlic, pepper and ginger for 2-3 minutes. In another bowl, mix together ketchup, soy sauce, sugar and vinegar. Add sautéed ingredients and stir.
Pour on top of chicken and mix well until drumsticks are evenly coated. Serve hot and be ready for a delightful mess!