Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Crispy Skin Roasted Chicken Thighs

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This recipe I have posted before but with whole chicken. One of my FB readers asking whether can be done with only drumsticks instead of whole bird. Actually I seldom bake whole chicken because we can’t finish in one meal. Unless I want to keep certain parts especially the chicken breast for salad. The most I bake is with chicken thighs. Therefore I really keen to try and find out.    

It seems the same recipe with whole chicken works pretty well for thighs too (more crispy skin with thigh instead of drumstick). However I made mistake. I baked the thighs by placing the skin facing down first and turning over during the baking process. It ends up some parts not crispy. The skin might be crispy more evenly if I bake only with the skin up throughout the baking process.     

4 pieces chicken thighs

1 ½ cups water
1 tablespoon maltose (麦芽糖)
½ tablespoon vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Combine water, maltose and vinegar in a wok/a large pot and bring it to boil. Turn off the heat.

2. Clean the chicken and pat dry. Put the chicken into hot water mixture. Turn several times for well coating.

3. Arrange the chicken on wire rack as shown and sun dried for an hour.

5. Turn the thighs with skin side down. Rubbing salt and pepper around chicken. Do not rub mixture over the outer skin! Once done, turn over and bake with skin side up.
*Mine bake with skin side down first and turn during the baking process. The result is not that good.

6. Bake in preheated oven 190'C for about 30 minutes or until the skin is brown and crispy. 


  1. Wow, that is crispy skin! And I love how you where able to achieve this in the oven, just by baking... This sounds wonderful and thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Love this type of crispy skin, thanks for sharing!

  3. I have come just in time have a share of those drumsticks:D Looks awesome good~!

  4. Hi Vivian! Why did you say that the result was not as good?

    They look yummy to me!

  5. Crispy skin!... Sound heavenly to me.

    Must learn to use maltose more for my cooking.

  6. Wow.. looks yummy.

    thanks for sharing.

    Adeline Ho

  7. Oh yum! This looks so delicious. Crispy skin, everyone's favourite!
    BTW, I have received the gifts from NuNatural yesterday! Thank you so much, Vivian!

  8. yummy, love this idea. it is much more healthy.

  9. I think the skin looks great! My favorite part of baked, roasted, or fried chicken is the crispy skin. Thank you for sharing this method with See Ya in the Gumbo!

  10. Wow the crisp is actually reflecting. simply loved the texture. I'm a die hard fan of crispy chicken and when it is roasted nothing can stop me from drooling Xo Xo

  11. this definitely easier to find rather than the whole chicken, yum yum....

  12. Looks delicious..... Since i'm not a 'good' cook, can you tell me what is maltose? Thanks....

    1. Do refer to below link for more info
      you can easily find in bakery supply shop.

  13. Hi Vivian, if I don't have maltose at the moment, can I use honey instead?

    1. You won't get the crispy skin. So is not encourage.


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