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Japanese mum's chicken


8 chicken drumsticks, skin on

1 cup water

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup soy sauce

2 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1 garlic clove, peeled and bruised

1 small hot chili pepper, slit open, seeds removed

Makes 4 servings

Place all ingredients in saucepan over high heat.

Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer for about 20 minutes.

Remove any scum that rises to the surface.

Increase heat, turning drumsticks frequently in sauce, and cook until liquid has reduced to a sticky glaze.

Arrange chicken on a serving platter, remove garlic clove and chili from liquid, and spoon glaze over chicken.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories, 292.6; protein, 30 g; carbohydrates, 14.7 g; total fat, 12.8 g; cholesterol, 118.3 mg; saturated fat, 3.5 g; dietary fiber, .4 g; sodium, 1481.4 mg; sugar, 12.5 g; vitamin A, 161.8 retinol equivalents; vitamin C, 20.3 mg; calcium, 24.3 mg; iron, 2.1 mg; alcohol, 0 g.