Skip the Frozen Section Stuff; These Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Spicy Toyomansi Are Just as Easy to Prepare

Talia Cortez (@taliacor)

Jerome Jocson (@emowredge)

Jica Simpas (@jicasimpas)

It’s our birthday! To celebrate, we’ve rounded up the team’s favorite childhood birthday food, and updated them to 2020; and we’re sharing them to you throughout the month.

Our COO Ange admits she’s one of those people who hates celebrating their own birthday. So she didn’t really have a “birthday dish.” Instead, she shared one of her favorite things to eat as a kid: frozen, pre-seasoned chicken wings. It’s the kind you get from the supermarket freezer; the ones that you just empty into a tray, then heat.

Fun fact: This was the pan used for our dish sponge test.

We’ve duplicated that same no-fuss method, and married it with Ange’s current favorite food, inihaw na liempo with sawsawan (specifically soy sauce, vinegar, and onions). We finished it with some caramelized onions in the oven for a sophisticated touch; and it’s honestly one of the best parts of this dish.

Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Spicy Toyomansi Recipe



Serving Size

4-6 people

Active Time

1 hr

Total Time

2 hrs


  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/3 cup toyomansi
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 red chilies, split in half
  • 1kg chicken drumsticks


  • 4 red onions, cut into wedges

Instructions for Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Spicy Toyomansi

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, toyomansi, garlic, and chili.
  2. Add the chicken and toss until well coated.
  3. Let the chicken marinate for 1 hour up to overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 400F.
  5. Add the red onions to the bowl of chicken and toss until coated.
  6. Drain the marinated chicken and onions then place onto a large baking tray and spread into one even layer.
  7. Place in the oven and roast until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F and the skin is a dark golden brown, about 45 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and serve.

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