Sous Vide Chinese Chicken Drumsticks

Sous Vide Chinese Chicken Drumsticks

This dish was prepared for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was "sous vide" and my second theme was "Chinese". A few of my friends have been raving about sous vide but I had a hard time imagining dropping the money for a sous vide machine before trying it. Then I found the beer cooler method because I definitely have a beer cooler. These drumsticks came out incredibly juicy and tender. I was worried they would be undercooked due to the low temperature and the fact that I have never cooked anything sous vide before but it actually came out perfect.
Getting the water in the beer cooler to the perfect temperature was a huge pain but I think I have decided to buy a real machine after this.



  1. 10 Chicken Drumsticks
  2. to taste Kosher Salt
  3. to taste Black Pepper Freshly Ground
  4. Olive Oil Spray
  5. 1/2 Cup - 1 Cup Flour
  6. 1 Cup Hoisin Sauce
  7. 4 Green Onions
  8. 2 1/2 Tablespoons Peanuts , unsalted , roasted , and chopped
  9. 2 1/2 Tablespoons Cilantro Fresh , chopped
  10. to taste Red Pepper Dried Flakes
  11. White Rice Cooked


132 mins
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    Season the Chicken Drumsticks with the Kosher Salt and Black Pepper and place in 2 large zip lock bags.

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    Seal the bag by using a vacuum seal or using the water immersion method.

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    Add water to beer cooler and get it to 160 degrees. I achieved this by adding water from my faucet at the hottest setting and then adding boiling water and checking the water with a thermometer.

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    Place the zip lock bags into the water, close the lid on the beer cooler, and let cook for 2 hours without opening the beer cooler.

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    After 2 hours have passed, remove the zip lock bags from the water bath. Remove the wings from the zip lock bags and transfer to a foil-lined baking sheet for easy cleanup.

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    Heat Broiler to high.

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    Dust each Drumstick with Flour and spray with the Olive Oil Spray. Broil until crispy (about 10 minutes).

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    Remove the Drumsticks from the broiler and generously brush with the Hoisin Sauce. Return the Drumsticks to the broiler and continue to broil under the sauce is caramelised (about 2 minutes).

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    Meanwhile, chop the Green Onions, Peanuts, and Cilantro.

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    Serve over Rice and top with the chopped Green Onions, Peanuts, Cilantro, and Dried Red Pepper Flakes.

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