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.

  • Servings: 5-serving
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • Cuisine: chinese
  • Preparation Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 132 mins


10 Chicken Drumsticks
to taste Kosher Salt
to taste Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Olive Oil Spray
1/2 Cup – 1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Hoisin Sauce
4 Green Onions
2 1/2 Tablespoons Peanuts , unsalted , roasted , and chopped
2 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro , chopped
to taste Dried Red Pepper Flakes
Cooked White Rice


  1. Season the Chicken Drumsticks with the Kosher Salt and Black Pepper and place in 2 large zip lock bags.
  2. Seal the bag by using a vacuum seal or using the water immersion method.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Heat Broiler to high.
  7. Dust each Drumstick with Flour and spray with the Olive Oil Spray. Broil until crispy (about 10 minutes).
  8. 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).
  9. Meanwhile, chop the Green Onions, Peanuts, and Cilantro.
  10. Serve over Rice and top with the chopped Green Onions, Peanuts, Cilantro, and Dried Red Pepper Flakes.


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