Collagen rich balsamic soy chicken drumstick

Collagen rich chicken drumstick cooked with soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.
This slightly sweet and aromatic chicken drumstick is cooked tender enough to eat the whole cartilage so  you can get the most of collagen benefits!

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Chicken drumstick has been one of my favorite dish.
Chicken drumstick is flavorful and you can enjoy it in many ways including grilling, cooking in a soup or stew.

But  have you consider that the waste parts that you have discarded actually are the great source of nutrients, like collagen?

Collagen is a most abundant protein in our body and is important for maintaining the health  for skin, nail, hair, bone and even our gut.

As we discover  its numerous health benefits, collagen supplements has been taking over large part of supplement market. but do you know that you can actually get it from whole foods without paying $$ for expensive supplements?

Chicken drumstick is one of the most abundant source for collagen as  joint cartilage is mostly made up of collagen protein.

Chicken drumsticks are more accessible and “manageable” than  other parts that are dense source of collagen like chicken fingers or neck, so why not try and make this balsamic soy chicken drumstick to get its nutritious benefits?

COLLAGEN RICH BALSAMIC SOY CHICKEN DRUMSTICK

what is special about balsamic soy chicken drmstic recipe?

  • you can eat the whole cartilage
  • easy to cook
  • naturally sweetened with honey 
  • aromatic and flavorful
  • sweet and sour = delicious!! 

Yes, you read it right! You can actually eat the whole cartilage and get the most of its collagen!!

You do need to cook for at least one hour so that cartilage becomes tender enough to “chew”, but you can use pressure cooker to shorten cooking time if you want it quicker. 

Chicken drumstick is one of the most popular dish in Japan and is typically cooked with soy sauce, sake (rice wine), mirin (sweet rice wine) and sugar.

In this recipe I added balsamic vinegar and used honey in stead of  sugar. 

Balsamic vinegar goes very well with soy sauce also it gives the natural sweetness while the sourness balance out the taste when it is added to this cooking soup. 

if you haven’t tried this combo you definitely have to try it!!

 

Vitamin C for optimal collagen production in your body

Vitamin C  is responsible for holding cells together during the creation of collagen. Without adequate amount of Vitamin C our body cannot produce or store collagen. 

So make sure to eat plentiful of fresh vegetables and fruits if you want to make the most of collagen benefits.

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how to make balsamic soy chicken drumstick

ingredients;

  • 6-8 small chicken drumstick (or 2-4 large drumsticks) (mine was 350g total)
  • 2 fat garlic cloves 
  • soy sauce 1 tbsp
  • rice wine 3 tbsp (*see the tip below)
  • honey  2tsp (14g)
  • balsamic vinegar 1tbsp
  • 360ml filtered water or enough to cover the chicken

steps;

  1. Preparation;

    Lightly sprinkle salt and black pepper over the chicken drumsticks. 
    I recommend to use non-sticking pan/pot but if you do not have one, coat it with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking.

2. Brown the surface of the chicken drumsticks

 Heat the pan, add the chicken and sliced garlic and cook over medium heat until the surface of chicken gets lightly browned.
You do not need to cook chicken through here. 
This process helps to “trap” the flavor of the chicken inside.
(you can do this process in pressure cooker if you are using it)

3. Cook chicken until it becomes tender (with pressure cooker option)

Add in water, soy sauce, rice wine, honey and balsamic vinegar,  and bring it to boil.
Skim the foam that come up to the surface. (skip it if you use pressure cooker)
Turn the heat lowest, cover the pan, and let it simmer for about an hour or the cartilage becomes tender.
After about an hour the flesh and cartilage starts to look “separate” from the bone. (see the photo)
If the drumsticks start to show out of the “soup”, add jkust enough water to cover them.

Pressure cooker option;

One you added the water and the seasonings lock the lid. Bring to boil until it gets high pressure, lower the heat and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
Let the pressure come down naturally, about 10- 15 minutes.

4. Thicken the sauce

When drumsticks becomes tender, uncover, turn to medium heat and cook another 5-10 minutes to let the water evaporate and the sauce gets thickened. 

5. Serve and enjoy!!

tips;

  • Using pan or pot;
    You may be wondering if you should use or pan or pot.
    I used all purpose “pan” which is deep and can also be used as a pot. 
    You may want to use pot in stead  if diameter of your pan is too large and/or is shallow. 
    I recommend to use the pot/pan which the chicken just cover the bottom with single layer.
  • Make sure to used cooking rice wine or Cooking Sake, not Mirin, which is sweet rice wine. 
    If you don’t have cooking rice wine you can try using white wine in stead. (the flavor will  be different result though)

Serving suggestion

I like eating this dish with brown rice because this thick, sweet, savory and sour sauce goes really well with it especially it has soy sauce!
Also I suggest you to add Vitamin C rich sides to make the most of collage benefits. 

This balsamic soy chicken drum stick dish is  perfect  for your weekday and weekend dinner or will be great main dish to entertain  dinner parties as well.

If you serve larger audience double or triple the amount of ingredients to match the serving size.

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If you tried this balsamic soy chicken drumstick recipe I let me know! I would love to hear your experience!

Feel free to leave questions or  suggestions  in the comment section below. 

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Collagen rich balsamic soy chicken drumstick

Collagen rich chicken drumstick cooked with soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. This slightly sweet and aromatic chicken drumstick is cooked tender enough to eat the whole cartilage so  you can get the most of collagen benefits!
Course lunch, Maindish
Cuisine American, Japanese inspired
Keyword chicken, dairy free, egg free, healthy, refined sugar free,
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Thickening the sauce 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author Mio

Equipment

  • pressure cooker/ pot/ pan (see the recipe note)

Ingredients

  • 6-8 small chicken drumsticks - or 2-4 large drumsticks, mine was 350g total
  • 2 fat garlic cloves - sliced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce - choose gluten free if you need
  • 3 tbsp rice wine (cooking sake) - see the recipe note below
  • 2 tsp honey (14g)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 360 ml filtered water - or it is enough to cover the drumsticks

Instructions

  • Lightly sprinkle salt and black pepper over the chicken drumsticks. I recommend to use non-sticking pan/pot but if you do not have one, coat it with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking.
  • Heat the pan, add the chicken and sliced garlic and cook over medium heat until the surface of chicken gets lightly browned. You do not need to cook chicken through here though. This process helps to "trap" the flavor of the chicken inside.(you can do this process in pressure cooker if you are using it)
  • Add in water, soy sauce, rice wine, honey and balsamic vinegar, cover the pan, and bring it to boil. Skim the foam that come up to the surface. (skip it if you use pressure cooker)
    Turn the heat lowest and let it simmer for about an hour or the cartilage becomes tender.
    After about an hour the flesh and cartilage starts to look "separate" from the bone. (see the photo)
    Pressure cooker option;
    One you added the water and the seasonings lock the lid. Bring to boil until it gets high pressure, lower the heat and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Let the pressure come down naturally, about 10- 15 minutes.
  • When drumsticks becomes tender, uncover, turn to medium heat and cook another 5-10 minutes to let the water evaporate and the sauce gets thickened. 
  • Serve with brown rice or sides of your like.
    Enjoy!!

Notes

*1)Make sure to used cooking rice wine or Cooking Sake, not Mirin, which is sweet rice wine. 
If you don't have cooking rice wine you can try with white wine in stead. (the flavor will  be different result though.)
*2) Using pan or pot;
I used all purpose "pan" which is deep and can also be used as a pot. 
You may want to use pot in stead  if diameter of your pan is too large and/or is shallow. 
I recommend to use the pot/pan which the chicken just cover the bottom with single layer.

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