Sweet & Sour Chicken Drumsticks

  • Yield 6 servings


1/3 cup lemon olive oil
1 cup fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons soy sauce (can substitute reduced sodium)
3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons grated fresh orange zest
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
12 -- bone in chicken thighs, with skin, pierced several times with a small knife
Pineapple Mint Salsa:
6 cups diced fresh pineapple (1/2 inch dice)
1 1/2 cups diced red bell pepper (1/4 inch dice)
2/3 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, cut chiffonade (stacked, rolled and very thinly sliced)
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
3 cups cooked white or brown basmati rice
3 cups cooked black beans


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large glass dish, whisk together oil, juice, soy sauce, vinegar, zest, ginger, garlic, Sriracha, and pepper. Add chicken thighs, turn to coat and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.
  3. To make the Pineapple-Mint Salsa, in a medium bowl, mix together pineapple, bell pepper, coconut milk, lime juice and mint. Set aside.
  4. To cook chicken, remove from marinade and place thighs on a rack in a large roasting pan, skin side up, and sprinkle chicken with salt. Roast for 40 – 45 minutes or until skin is brown and crisp, and juices run clear when pierced with a knife.
  5. To serve, place equal portions of rice and beans on each of six plates. Add two roasted chicken thighs and top with equal portions of pineapple salsa. Serve immediately.