Orange Chicken Drumsticks and Pea Puree

April 22nd, 2007  | Category: Chicken

Orange Chicken Drumsticks and Pea Puree

When it comes to cooking chicken, I like to experiment with different kinds of soaking mixtures.

This time around, I tried a mixture of onion juice, orange juice and brown sugar. The result was sweet and tangy. Deglazing and reducing the mixture to a sticky paste worked out great. Definitely recommended.

Orange Chicken Drumsticks and Pea Puree Recipe


  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup onion juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. The night before… Grate 4 large onions, put them in a fine-meshed sieve and by pressing with the back of a wooden spoon, extract juices into a bowl underneath (yields approximately 1/2 cup of juice). Mix brown sugar with onion juice and orange juice until dissolved. Place the drumsticks in the mixture, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next day, put 2 tbsp of butter and drumsticks in a pan. Season the drumsticks to taste and cook over medium-high heat until lightly browned. Transfer them to an oven-proof dish, cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
  3. Discard the butter in the pan and deglaze the remains with the soaking mixture. Cook until the mixture reduces down to a thick sticky paste. Take off heat and add 2 tbsp of butter and mix. Pour over the drumsticks and serve with pea puree.
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  1. 1 - B5 on April 23rd, 2007

    Date : 29th of April 2007
    Place : Hamburg
    Guests : 4 People
    Menu : Antipasti -xxxx
    1.o Piatto -xxxx
    2.o Piatto – Cenk´s Orange Chicken x 2(?)
    Dessert -xxxx

    Hope I´ll be able to do this (only for two times I´ve cooked for 4 people or more).. It looks so delicious!

  2. 2 - Cenk on April 24th, 2007

    B5 – Very nice of you. I hope you and your guests like it!

  3. 3 - Buyuk Kus on April 24th, 2007

    I was lucky to have some chicken drumstick next day and it was very tasty. Unfortunately someone ate all the pea puree so i couldn’t taste it.

  4. 4 - Nihan on April 25th, 2007

    I will try the drumstick receipe. But how do you make the pea puree, just like you make mashed potatos?

  5. 5 - Cenk on April 25th, 2007

    Hi Nihan – You boil peas in salted water. Transfer them in a sieve and push through with the back of a spoon and get rid of the shells. Then mix in 2 tablespoons of butter and black pepper. If you don’t mind the shells, just mash them after boiling and then add the butter and black pepper.

  6. 6 - Pille on April 25th, 2007

    Looks tasty, and I’m curious about the use of onion juice – never done that before!

  7. 7 - mw on August 22nd, 2011

    Delicious recipie!

  8. 8 - Lola on January 23rd, 2012

    I loved the recipe, and really wanna try it! Doens’t seem too hard…
    But there’s one thing: the option “share this post” is not avaliable! I can’t share it, it’s not “clickable” and I wanted to e-mail it to myself.
    Any way you can help me?

  9. 9 - Cenk on January 23rd, 2012

    Lola – The text is not a link. Just click on the envelope icon next to it to e-mail it to yourself.

  10. 10 - Lola on January 27th, 2012

    What envelope?
    I can’t find any…

  11. 11 - Cenk on January 27th, 2012

    Lola – Right next to the text “Share this post” there’s an envelope icon (before the Twitter icon). Click that one.

  12. 12 - Paola on March 21st, 2012

    I love this recipe! Good job.

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