Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs

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Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs

Chicken thighs in soy and honey, with a baked potato and salad

I made these lovely honey soy chicken drumsticks recently, using Aldi chicken thighs instead of drumsticks. I prefer thighs really, I think they are the best cut on a chicken, much more succulent than a breast, and a lot of flavour.

Thighs do have more fat than the breast, that is where the flavour comes from. If you’d like to know the nutritional difference, this post sets it out

I’ve priced this dish using the Aldi website, my nearest Aldi is 17 miles away, so I don’t get there often.

The recipe is adapted from a canning recipe. I made some for my husband, who loves it, but we found the chicken to be rather overcooked during the long canning process, so I have changed it, tweaked it and adapted it to serve 4 (rather than 40!) and to be cooked on a hob.

How do I make honey soy chicken drumsticks?

Chop and fry an onion, add the skinless, boneless Aldi chicken thighs and brown them all over, the browning adds another layer of flavour.

Meanwhile mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Add to the chicken in the pan and simmer gently, without a lid on, until the chicken is cooked through.

The chicken will probably release a lot of water, so reduce the sauce down if necessary by boiling hard. If there is too much added water, the sauce will be watered down and not taste as nice.

Add the drained chickpeas and you’re ready to serve.

What do I serve with honey soy chicken

Chicken thighs in soy and honey, with a baked potato and salad

  • We have enjoyed these with a big green salad and a baked potato
  • with rice
  • with mashed potato and hot veg eg green beans, cauliflower and peas
  • I wouldn’t use sweet potato as the sauce is quite sweet

What changes can I make to honey soy chicken

  • The sauce is very tweakable, although I like it just as it is.
  • Increase or reduce the honey, soy sauce, tomato puree vinegar, garlic or chill sauce until it is as you like it.
  • Swap out the chicken for a white fish, or prawns, leftover roast pork or whatever meat you have and want to use.
  • Or use a vegetarian meat substitute like TVP
  • Make it vegetarian by swapping out the chicken for potato chunks, butternut squash, pumpkin or a mix eg sweetcorn, green beans and mushrooms. Make sure to use some lentils, butter beans or chickpeas for the protein
  • Make it vegan by swapping out the honey for golden syrup or some other vegan sweetener and using all vegetables and a pulse of some kind, or include chunks of tofu

With similar ingredients, but a different recipe, try this. Super tasty!

Chicken, Soy, Honey and Sesame with Rice, 64p a portion

Or for a simply gorgeous side dish, how about these gingery soy and honey apples

OMG! These are AMAZING! Gingery soy sharp apples

Chocolate Muffins
Honey and Soy chicken on a blue patterned plate with baked potato and sala

Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs

Use thighs, my favourite, drumsticks, or a mixture of both
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Course:
Dinner
,
Lunch
Cuisine:
English
Diabetic
,
Gluten Free
,
Dairy Free
honey soy chicken drumsticks
,
savoury
freeze by Hare Krishna from the Noun Project
Freezes Well
,
No Nuts by Llisole from the Noun Project
Nut Free
Servings: 4 servings
Cost per portion 75p
Calories: 437kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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Ingredients

  • 500 g chicken thighs £2.75/600g pk, 1 thigh each, £2.29
  • 100 g onion 62p/kg, 6p
  • 1 tblsp oil 1p
  • 200 g chickpeas a drained can, 30p

Sauce

  • 40 g honey 41p/100g, 16p
  • 25 ml soy sauce 49p/150ml, 8p
  • 25 ml tomato puree 27p/200g, 4p
  • tsps vinegar 1p
  • 1 clove garlic 5p
  • 1 tsp sriracha or sweet chilli sauce 79p/300g, 1p

Instructions

  • Chop the onions and fry in a tblsp of oil until transparent and cooked through
    Onions frying in a pan
  • Add the chicken and brown well
    Chicken frying in a pan, with onions
  • Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a small dish
    the sauce for Asian chicken thighs
  • Add the sauce to the chicken, leave off the lid and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through
    chicken thighs in a pan, in a honey soy sauce
  • Drain the chickpeas and add to the pan, warm through. Keep the chickpea liquid and use as aquafaba to make meringues or mayonnaise
  • Serve while hot, or store in the fridge until needed. This dish freezes beautifully, so good for batch cooking

Notes

Priced at Aldi, May 2021
  • Increase or reduce the honey, soy sauce, tomato puree vinegar, garlic or chill sauce until it is as you like it.
  • Swap out the chicken for a white fish, or prawns, leftover roast pork or whatever meat you have and want to use.
  • Or use a vegetarian meat substitute like TVP
  • Make it vegetarian by swapping out the chicken for potato chunks, butternut squash, pumpkin or a mix eg sweetcorn, green beans and mushrooms. Make sure to use some lentils, butter beans or chickpeas for the protein
  • Make it vegan by swapping out the honey for golden syrup or some other vegan sweetener and using all vegetables and a pulse of some kind, or include chunks of tofu

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 479mg21%
Potassium 489mg14%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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