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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Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

5 from 1 vote
Baked sticky chicken drumsticks are very easy to prepare, just make a simple flavorful marinade with honey, ginger, soy sauce, and chili paste and bake. Amazing.
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 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


  • Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C).
  • Score the surface of the drumsticks with a sharp knife in 3 or 4 places, to help the flavor penetrate, and set aside.
  • In a small bowl mix together  honey, ginger, soy sauce, chili paste and vinegar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove, sprinkle chopped spring onion or chives on top and serve alongside a fresh salad.


Serving: 1gCalories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 6.5gProtein: 13.2gFat: 3.3gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 42mgSugar: 5.4g
Calories: 110kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken, chicken marinade, chicken recipes, honey chicken, sticky chicken, sticky chicken drumsticks

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  1. dina Author says:

    they look like delicious chicken legs!

  2. Rosa Author says:

    That looks ever so scrumptious! A great marinade.



  3. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking Author says:

    This sauce looks fantastic! I love this recipe! Pinned

  4. Your chicken looks irresistible! I love the tip to score before baking.

  5. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen Author says:

    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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  7. Dedy@Dentist Chef Author says:

    wow, finger licking good sticky snd spicy chicken leg!

  8. Nami | Just One Cookbook Author says:

    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!

  9. Maureen Author says:

    I don’t have any children around but I would be happy as Larry eating these. 🙂

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