Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

My daughters really love chicken meat. I am lucky to have an organic source for chicken meat as I have to cook with chicken each week to satisfy my little ones cravings. Therefore I need to come out with different ways to cook chicken, and these sticky drumsticks are definitely one of the best ways.


Sticky chicken drumsticks are very easy to prepare, just make a simple flavorful marinade with honey, ginger, soy sauce, some chili paste and balsamic vinegar,  toss the chicken in it and bake until tender. For the chili paste I used my chilli jam, which worked perfectly for this recipe. 


It is important to baste chicken often with the marinade while baking to form that irresistible caramelized, sticky surface.


I used drumsticks this time but it works as well with chicken wings or chicken thighs. Served alongside a fresh salad, sticky chicken drumsticks make one perfect lunch or dinner.

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  • Makes about 2-4 servings
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • For the marinade
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 inch fresh root ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili paste
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • oil for greasing the pan
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C).
  2. Score the surface of the drumsticks with a sharp knife in 3 or 4 places, to help the flavor penetrate, and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl mix together  honey, ginger, soy sauce, chili paste and vinegar.
  4. Coat the drumsticks with the marinade and place on a greased baking dish. If you are not in a hurry you may want to put the drumsticks with the marinade in a plastic bag for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors combine better.
  5. Place the drumsticks in the preheated oven, and after 30 minutes of baking start basting the drumsticks with reserved marinade, for few times while baking,  until sticky, caramelized and nicely browned, for another 10 or 15 minutes more.
  6. Remove, sprinkle chopped spring onion or chives on top and serve alongside a fresh salad.
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Nutrition facts 1 Chicken Drumstick - Calories:110, Fat:3.3g, Saturated Fat:0.7g, Unsaturated Fat:0.0 g, Carbohydrates:6.5 g, Sugar:5.4 g, Protein:13.2g, Cholesterol:42mg, Calories from Fat 30, 308mg, 110mg, Vitamin A 7%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 1%, Iron 5%, Nutrition Grade B, daily percent values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
On September 05, 2014 at 08:24 am, dina said...
they look like delicious chicken legs!
On September 05, 2014 at 10:26 am, Rosa said...
That looks ever so scrumptious! A great marinade. Cheers, Rosa
On September 05, 2014 at 08:12 pm, Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking said...
This sauce looks fantastic! I love this recipe! Pinned
On September 05, 2014 at 08:33 pm, Liz said...
Your chicken looks irresistible! I love the tip to score before baking.
On September 06, 2014 at 08:09 am, Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen said...
We are huge fan of chicken wings - and I haven't had the 'sticky' wings in a long time, so you can imagine ~ these are totally speaking to me! They look delicious!
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On September 08, 2014 at 12:58 am, Dedy@Dentist Chef said...
wow, finger licking good sticky snd spicy chicken leg!
On September 11, 2014 at 04:31 pm, Nami | Just One Cookbook said...
My kids love chicken too! We buy organic chicken from grocery store but it's nice that you have a good source! These drumsticks look so flavorful and yummy!! I have drumettes in freezer - maybe I'll use them instead!
On September 14, 2014 at 08:27 am, Maureen said...
I don't have any children around but I would be happy as Larry eating these. :)

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