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Fabulous Chicken Roses

Rated as 2.5 out of 5 Stars

"These lemon marinated, flour/egg coated and deep-fried drumsticks are allowed to 'bloom' in the oil like roses in springtime! These drumsticks look very nice served with this special chile garlic sauce, and they are so tasty!"
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2 h 30 m servings 306
Original recipe yields 20 servings


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  1. To Marinate: Combine lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste in a nonporous glass dish or bowl. Mix together and add drumsticks; turn to coat. Cover dish and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  2. Place flour in a shallow dish or bowl and season with 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder and chile powder. Place beaten egg whites in a separate glass dish or bowl; dredge marinated drumsticks in egg whites, then in seasoned flour. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes.
  3. To Make Sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic until fragrant, then stir in tomato sauce and chile sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste, sugar and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil. Add water, then stir in cornstarch and cook until thickened. Sprinkle in parsley and remove sauce from heat; set aside.
  4. Heat 2 quarts oil in a large deep fryer and fry drumsticks one by one; hold drumstick by stick/handle at first and immerse other half in oil to let the chicken 'bloom', then fry the whole thing until cooked through and golden brown. Transfer chicken pieces to paper towelling with a slotted spoon as they are fried, until complete. Finish draining, garnish with parsley sprigs, and serve with reserved sauce.


  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 306 calories; 19.9 10.3 20.7 77 216 Full nutrition

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This was very difficult to make. It took too much time. What added to the difficulty is the fact that my chicken was not completely defrosted. I also was confused with the directions when it ...

A messy recipe. The lemon marinate is a good tip because it makes the drumsticks very moist and tender. I used the juice of two lemons. 2 tablespoons is not enough.

The Chicken came out yummy, but there was WAY too much mess and work for the results. Also my picky 5 year old wouldn't eat it because she didn't like the smell.

I halved this recipe but used the full amount of lemon juice. This turned out good but as others said, it is very time consuming so plan ahead. I think it would have been even better if the chic...