Roasted Dragon Thumbs

Chris Wilson


Elementary Schoolers love Dragon stories. This fun dish with everyones' favorite, Drumsticks, with the savory glaze is a hit at many family tables.

★★★★★ 1 vote
30 Min
1 Hr


2 lb
chicken legs (8)
2 tsp
ground sage
1 pinch
salt (small)
1 pinch
black pepper
1 Tbsp
dry red wine vinegar
1 tsp
garlic powder
1/2 c
prepared hoisen sauce
1 medium
fresh squeezed lime juice
2 Tbsp
fresh cilantro chopped fine


1Pre Heat oven to 450° F.
Cut away knuckle from bottom of Leg, removing knuckle, tendons, skin, & tissue leaving bone only. Push up the leg meat to the top of the leg making a kind of lollipop.
2Hand oil each leg & season each with salt, sage, and pepper. Arrange in black iron skillet so that meat lies on bottom of pan and legs stick out over the edges, none touching
3Place skillet in hot oven on bottom rack & roast for 30 minutes.
4Mix together hoisen, garlic powder, and vinegar, and as legs begin to brown., baste chicken legs often, making a glaze.
5When last of glaze is basted, move the skillet to the top rack to finish cooking the chicken to 160°F internal and getting a dragon's flame char.
6When ready, remove legs from skillet, arrange on plate with rice or lo mein and a colorful vegetable, Garnish with cilantro and lime juice.

About Roasted Dragon Thumbs

Course/Dish: Chicken, Roasts
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids