Miniature Chicken "Drumsticks"

Source: Bess Mealer (1975)
Prep time: 30 minutesCooking time: 45 minutesTotal time: 1 1⁄4 hours


chicken wings (about 3 pounds)
2 T
salad oil
1⁄2 c
soy sauce
1⁄3 c
sherry, med. or dry
star anise (opt.)
1⁄4 c
2 T
1⁄4 t
ground ginger
Shredded lettuce


Cut wing tips off at joint (use tips in soup another day). Cut each wing in half at the joint. In 5-quart Dutch oven or saucepan, cook chicken wings in hot salad oil over high heat for 7 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium; add remaining ingredients except shredded lettuce, stirring to blend well. Cover and cook about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover Dutch oven and cook 10 minutes longer, stirring frequently until almost all liquid is absorbed and chicken is tender. Cover and refrigerate to serve cold later on bed of shredded lettuce or serve warm. Makes 40 appetizer servings.