Ginger garlic baked chicken is one of those chicken dishes that I make when I wanted to have a quick and easy home cooked meal but too lazy to fire up a wok, or I don’t want to cook up a storm in the kitchen. It’s one of the easiest chicken recipes to make. The chicken always turn out tender, moist, and juicy. I could practically eat all the chicken drumsticks in one go, with its super delicious, sticky sweet and savory sauce.
I started making ginger garlic baked chicken when I first came to the US many years ago for graduate school. I was always the designated cook in the apartment, and chicken drumsticks were always on sale in the supermarkets at the college town. For $0.99 a lb, I could load up a 5 lb pack of chicken drumsticks for less than $5.00! What’s more, I am partial to chicken, especially the tender, juicy, meaty chicken drumsticks.
This ginger garlic baked chicken recipe is Asian-flavored. I used soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, white pepper, and honey to marinate the chicken before baking them in the oven. I also added a little bit of Chinese five-spice powder to give it a sweet aroma of the spices. If you don’t have the five-spice powder, you can always skip it, but it’s a good item to stock in your pantry. All the other ingredients of soy sauce, oyster sauce (buy Lee Kum Kee brand), sesame oil, white pepper can be easily found at any regular supermarkets these days. If you can’t find white pepper, you can always use black pepper and it will work just fine.
These ginger garlic baked chicken is a comfort food to me. It reminds me of those days when I was a frugal and poor international student in the Midwest of America. Those days were long gone, but the taste of the ginger garlic baked chicken continues to please the palate of my family, and even my little picky eater loves this wonderful tasting baked chicken.
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