Holiday Roast Chicken With Rich Sauce

Holiday Roast Chicken With Rich Sauce

Roast chicken is a staple for Christmas (in Japan). I serve it with my special rich and deep flavoured sauce.
This chicken is moist and juicy.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Bone-in chicken legs
☆ Dashi soy sauce (soy sauce premixed with dashi)
2 tablespoons
☆ Soy sauce
2 tablespoons
☆ Sake
1 tablespoon
☆ Mirin
1 tablespoon
☆ Honey
1 tablespoon
☆ Balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon
1/2 tablespoon
☆ Oyster sauce
1/2 tablespoon
☆ Grated garlic
1/2 clove
For the garnish (for example)
Lotus root
100 g
1/2 head


1. Mix all the ☆ ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Prick the back (not the skin side) of the chicken leg several times with a fork. Make an incision along the leg bone.
3. Put the chicken and the mixed ☆ ingredients into a resealable bag and chill in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight. *Turn over the bag occasionally to allow the marinade to permeate the chicken legs.
4. Pre-heat the oven to 230℃. Line the oven tray with parchment paper and arrange the chicken legs with the skin sides up. Roast for 10 minutes.
5. Flip over the chicken legs and roast for a further 20 minutes.
6. Meanwhile transfer the marinade from the bag into a sauce pan. Reduce the marinade over a low heat.
7. Turn over the chicken legs again and brush the reduced marinade evenly all over. Return to the oven to roast for a further 10 minutes. *Roasting time altogether is 40 minutes.
8. The shiny-looking chicken legs are now done.
9. *By the way...if you want to roast the vegetables together
10. Slice the lotus root and potatoes into 1-cm thickness and microwave at 600w for about 4 minutes. Microwave the broccoli for 2 minutes. *I use a Lukue silicon dish for doing this.
11. Arrange the vegetables from step 10 and chicken legs on an oven tray. Roast in an oven pre-heated to 230℃ with the skin sides up for 20 minutes and turn over to roast for a further 20 minutes. Brush the skin sides with the marinade and roast for a further 10 minutes.

Story Behind this Recipe

We are a small family so I prepare chicken legs for us. A whole chicken is too much for us...