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.


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30 Min
1 Hr


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  • 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

How to Make Roasted Dragon Thumbs


  1. Pre 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.
  2. Hand 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
  3. Place skillet in hot oven on bottom rack & roast for 30 minutes.
  4. Mix together hoisen, garlic powder, and vinegar, and as legs begin to brown., baste chicken legs often, making a glaze.
  5. When 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.
  6. When ready, remove legs from skillet, arrange on plate with rice or lo mein and a colorful vegetable, Garnish with cilantro and lime juice.

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About Roasted Dragon Thumbs

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

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