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These Chinese-inspired sous vide chicken drumsticks are addictive in their own right, with each bite of tender, juicy meat and crispy skin.

Chinese Sticky and Crispy Sous Vide Chicken Drumsticks

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Poultry
  • Method: Sous Vide
  • Cuisine: Chinese


These Chinese-inspired sous vide chicken drumsticks are addictive in their own right, with each bite of tender, juicy meat and crispy skin.


  • 2 pounds chicken drumsticks, skin on
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • White sesame seeds and chopped green onions for garnishing

For the Chinese sticky sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce or soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 Bird’s eye chili, chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat water to 155°F using Anova sous vide precision cooker.
  2. In the meantime, season chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper. Place chicken in a sous vide bag in one layer and seal using a vacuum sealer or a hand pump.
  3. Once the water is ready, slowly lower the chicken into the prepared water bath. Make sure the chicken drumsticks are completely under the water. Cook chicken for 2 hours.
  4. Once the chicken is done, remove the bag from the water bath and drop it into an ice bath to fully chill. (This step will help get extra-crispy skin when you sear it without overcooking the chicken underneath.)
  5. Remove the chicken from the sous vide bag and scrape off any gelled juices using your fingers. (You may preserve the chicken juice for soups or other uses).
  6. Pat the chicken with paper towels. Heat a nonstick pan or cast iron skillet over high heat on the stove, sear the chicken for 1-2 minutes on each skin side or until the skin is golden brown and crispy. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  7. In the same pan, whisk all Chinese sauce ingredients over medium heat until well combined. Turn off the heat.
  8. Stir in the chicken drumsticks and coat them with the Chinese sticky sauce. Dish and sprinkle with white sesame seeds and chopped green onions over. Enjoy!


  • This cooking method works for any parts of a chicken, especially dark meat such as chicken thighs or even whole chicken legs. The sous vide cooking temperature and cooking time remain the same.
  • If you’d like to cook chicken breast using this recipe, set temperature to 147°F and cook for 2 hours.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 579
  • Sugar: 24.8g
  • Sodium: 1230.7mg
  • Fat: 32.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.7g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 37.5g
  • Cholesterol: 184.3mg

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