Chili Five Spice Chicken Drumsticks

Last night I was lacking in inspiration, but was in NEED of a good dinner. Being prego I have no desire to be in the kitchen, but I REALLY want something good to eat and am always on the quest to find what it is. Chicken sounded good, but drumsticks or on the bone with skin was all I had in the freezer. Usually that isn’t my favorite way to cook chicken, but salty crispy chicken skin sounded good!

Hmmm… so what to do?

A few weeks ago we had NomNomPaleo’s Orange Sriracha Chicken which was REALLY REALLY good and fit the prego food bill! I of course didn’t follow the recipe to a “t”, but I did follow instructions with the ingredient list and it was out of this world!

One of the main things I did differently with the recipe was that the Orange Sriracha Sauce I didn’t use as a glaze, but as a dipping sauce since all my kids (and I think kids in general) like to have dipping sauce for just about anything! 😉 That sauce was still making my mouth water just thinking about it, so I decided to come up with a chicken recipe that would complement it…. just so that we could have it again!!!!

So here is what I came up with…

And by the way… I had TWO chicken thighs and TWO helpings of sweet potato fries! Mission accomplished! I LOVED dinner and was satisfied!!!

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Chili Five Spice Chicken Drumsticks


  • ¼ tsp salt per each chicken piece.
  • Chili pepper
  • Chinese Five Spice

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  1. Defrost the chicken pieces (I used breast, thighs and drumsticks)
  2. Rinse and dry them.
  3. Spread out on a cookie sheet
  4. Sprinkle ¼ tsp salt on each piece and spread around with your finger.
  5. Sprinkle enough chinese five spice to lightly cover each piece.
  6. Sprinkle less chili powder than five spice, unless you like the chicken to have more bite!
  7. Cook in the oven at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes.
  8. Then move the chicken to the top rack and broil for 10 minutes or until skin is dark and crispy.
  9. Eat and enjoy!

Oh! And this recipe literally took me 5 minutes to throw in the oven… FIVE MINUTES!!! Unheard of in paleo households! The NomNomPaleo Orange Sriracha Sauce and the sweet potato fries took more time, but totally worth it. I was still in the kitchen prepping dinner for less than 1 hour!

I also did a side of plain white rice, I know, not paleo, but this household has an Asian Papa and we just can’t get away from it!

Amazing! Due to be repeated! Let me know what you think WHEN you give it a try… cause it’s a must!


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