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Bony Bites

Asian flavors transform these "boneyard" finds into mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres.

  • Yield: Makes 20
Bony Bites

Photography: SIMON WATSON

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2010


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar (not seasoned)
  • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger (from one 2-inch piece)
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha (Asian chili sauce)
  • 20 chicken drumettes (about 2 pounds)


  1. Whisk together water, soy sauce, vinegar, molasses, garlic, ginger, and Sriracha.

  2. Stand 1 drumette upright with narrow bone at top. Holding it by the bone, use a paring knife to push and scrape skin and meat downward to expose bone and make a "lollipop" of chicken at the bottom. Repeat with remaining drumettes.

  3. Place chicken in a shallow, nonreactive dish, and pour marinade on top to coat. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.

  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium heat. Remove chicken from marinade; reserve. Grill chicken, turning, until golden brown and slightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, bring marinade to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until reduced by half, 5 to 7 minutes.

  5. Transfer chicken drumettes to a roasting pan. Bake, basting with reduced marinade every 5 minutes, until dark brown and cooked through, 20 to 22 minutes.

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