The honey glazed chicken legs can be described with only one phrase – out-of-the-world! Period!
Life sometimes does not have as much glaze as you wish for; but I believe that’s okay because that’s how it should be! A life without ‘ups-n-downs’ won’t be quite worth living. So when I can’t control the things in my life beyond a point, I simply de-register myself and let them take their own course.
Believe me, I don’t want to sound depressive! I am not! Because the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ phases occur in everyone’s life! You know what’s my mantra to chuck-off this so-called ‘bad’ phase? I put all my energy and dedication in doing what I love to do most! Right! Cooking!
I don’t mind my life lacking its glaze temporarily as long as my chickens shine so beautifully!
Honey glazed baked chicken is a somewhat common recipe; but even after planning to try it many times in the past, I didn’t actually make it. I feel as if it was reserved for this timing which couldn’t be more perfect!
The honey-glaze was so beautiful that you may fall in love with it! The combination of sweetness with the spicy sauce was irresistible.
The ginger-garlic baked chicken which I had made earlier was also very tempting and loved by all; but this one took the baked chicken legs to a whole new level! You have to make it to believe it!
I love baked dishes for the fact that it’s a breeze to make it without spending too much time in the kitchen [especially when the hot Indian summer has already arrived to scare you!].
This one has just 3 broad steps: Marinate – Sear – Bake!
Baking was not a very common cooking technique with respect to Indian cooking; but once you start tasting baked stuff – sweet or savory – you will just get hooked to it! And trust me, there won’t be any escape!
Baking makes the meat so tender and juicy which is simply unbelievable! The spices/sauces with which you marinate the chicken also penetrate more while baking which increases the taste quotient of any recipe.
Don’t wait to give this honey glazed baked chicken legs a try and you can thank me later!
- Chicken legs – 5
- Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
- Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
- Japanese rice vinegar – 1 tbsp
- Dark soy sauce – 2 tbsp
- Red pepper sauce/hot sauce/Sriracha – 2 tbsp
- Paprika powder – 1 tsp (optional)
- Honey – 4 tbsp
- Sesame or vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
- Salt to taste
- Wash and pat dry the chicken legs. Make couple of incisions on each leg so that the seasonings could penetrate the meat easily.
- Mix together ginger-garlic paste, rice vinegar, dark soy sauce, hot sauce, paprika powder (if using), salt and half of the oil and make a homogenous mixture.
- Rub this mixture really well on the chicken legs ensuring that the cuts are well coated.
- Leave the chicken legs into this marinate and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, take out the marinated chicken from the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature.
- Heat a shallow frying pan and add the remaining oil to it. Add the chicken legs to the hot oil and sear both sides on medium-high heat. This should take around 15 minutes or until you get a good searing marks all over the chicken. [Make sure to reserve the marinade for basting the chicken while baking!]
- While searing the chicken, start preheating your oven at 190 degree C (350 F).
- Line a shallow baking dish with aluminum foil and brush some oil on it to prevent the chicken from sticking to it. (Aluminum foil will make the clean-up very easy!)
- Place the seared chicken legs on the prepared baking dish in a single layer and brush them lightly with the left over marinade.
- Cover the baking dish with another aluminum foil and bake them in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, take them out and turn them. Brush them again with the left over marinade and bake again for another 15 minutes.
- By the end of 30 minutes, the chicken should have been cooked through. Now you have to add the honey glaze to the chicken.
- Pour enough honey on each chicken leg so that the honey coats them all over.
- Now put the baking dish – without the aluminum cover – under the pre-heated broiler for 3 to 4 minutes more until the honey caramelizes and adds a glaze to the chicken.
- Serve hot and enjoy with your favorite salad!