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Please cook Luffy’s Meat on the Bone from One Piece for Thanksgiving

’Tis the season for manga food

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One Piece fans have witnessed the story’s main character Luffy get knocked out by powerful foes multiple times throughout the years. While he’s relied on his talented friends to get him back into the fight several times, nothing has gotten the future King of the Pirates back into the fighting form more often than a giant hunk of meat.

Now thanks to One Piece: Pirate Recipes, a new One Piece-inspired cookbook published from manga purveyor Viz Media, you too can create hearty dishes good enough for a pirate king. The 96-page book culls recipes from moments throughout the series and is even “written” by Sanji, the Straw Hats Pirates’ chef. Each recipe in the cookbook is either a real-world translation of a meal eaten in One Piece or a food item inspired characters, locales, or moments through the series. You can find instructions for meals like the life-saving bowl of fried rice Sanji makes for Gin early in the series to dish inspired by the legendary floating island Skypiea.

One of our favorite recipes is an iconic hunk of meat, and Luffy’s favorite meal. In case you ever need to revive a fallen friend in combat or you just need a big meaty meal to make on Thanksgiving, here’s the recipe for Luffy’s Favorite: Meat on the Bone.

Luffy’s Favorite: Meat on the Bone (serves 4)

Luffy’s Favorite Meat on the Bone recipe card Graphic: Viz Media


4 chicken drumsticks
4 hard-boiled eggs
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
3 tbsp. milk

Mix (a.)
18 oz. (500 g) ground chicken
1 tsp. salt
a little black pepper
1 egg
vegetable oil


  1. Make chicken drumstick “tulips.” Use kitchen scissors to cut the meat loose from the handle end of the drumstick (A). Roll the meat down the bone until it is fully inside-out at the end.
  2. Soak the breadcrumbs in milk. Knead mix (a.) in a bowl, then add breadcrumbs and knead again.
  3. Fold the meaty end of the drumstick around a hard-boiled egg (B). If the meat doesn’t cover well enough, add cuts to loosen it up. Oil hands lightly and cover drumstick and egg with step ② breadcrumb mixture (C).
  4. Bake at 400°F (200°C) for 15–20 minutes, watching carefully.