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Thursday 27 March 2014

Sluttishly Savoury: Spicy Orange and Honey Chicken

Most of the things I create in the kitchen can be described as 'thingy'. As in 'can you make that potato thingy tonight?' or 'I haven't got much in the fridge, I'm going to make a chicken thingy for tea'. Thingy is my favourite thing to cook. This is a cobbled together chicken thingy and it's excellent. It's sticky and spicy and a giant hug of a thingy and it will make your crappy day at work vanish completely. I used drumsticks but you could use breasts or thigh. Keep the skins on, they crisp up a treat.

Spicy orange and honey chicken thingy (serves 2 with rice, but doubles up easily)
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes

You'll need:
  • 2 tbsp marmalade
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (use tamari if you want to keep this recipe gluten free)
  • 4cm ginger, grated
  • 2 red chillies, finely sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • Drizzle of honey
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
Make it!
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
  2. Mix up your ingredients and pour over your chicken drumsticks, covering them as much as possible.
  3. Pop in the oven for 20 minutes and then turn halfway through.
  4. Spoon some more of the sauce back over them before popping them back in the oven.
  5. Check them again after 15 more minutes, when the skins are crispy and golden and the juices are running clear they're done.
  6. Serve with a giant pile of white rice, making sure you pour some of the orangey sauce over the top.


  1. I made this for dinner last night and it was great! I used dried chillies and forgot the honey but it still turned out really tasty. I found the marmalade made it sweet enough.

    1. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it! It's such an easy recipe, isn't it?

  2. This sounds like it'd work on chicken wings... *licks lips*

    1. Yes, it would but you might need a little less sauce and some sugar, just to make it sticky rather than saucy.


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