What’s cooking today: Chicken drumsticks

What’s cooking today: Chicken drumsticks
Sticky chicken drumsticks, biltong and dried wors for a roadside snack. (Photo: Tony Jackman)

It’s the perfect road food, contains a scrumptious morsel of meat and even has its own built-in handle for convenient roadside eating.

These drumsticks are a tad sticky but if you pack wet wipes this won’t be a problem. You can slip sealed wet wipes into the cooler bag along with the padkos. This recipe pairs with this column.


12 chicken drumsticks

6 garlic cloves, chopped

¼ cup sherry vinegar

¼ cup sweet soy sauce

¼ cup olive oil

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cumin

Pinch of black pepper

Salt to taste


Mix together the garlic, sherry vinegar, sweet soy sauce, spices, pepper and oil. Douse the chicken drumsticks in this in a deep oven pan and marinate for three or more hours.

Preheat the oven to 220℃ or higher. Season the drumsticks with salt on both sides. Bake until cooked to the bone, tender and golden brown. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until ready to travel. Pack in a tub in a cooler box with ice packs. Eat on the same day. Don’t forget to pack serviettes and/or wet wipes. Remember not to litter at the picnic spot. There are rubbish bins at every South African picnic spot. Yet there’s plenty of litter too. Odd, that. DM/TGIFood

Tony Jackman is Galliova Food Champion 2021. His book, foodSTUFF, is available in the DM Shop or, if sold out, directly from him. Buy it here

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