A super easy recipe for delicious sticky drumsticks that are healthy and paleo. I make this recipe often, per my family’s insistence!
My family really likes these sticky drumsticks. Their combination of sweet and savory is irresistible. Naturally a big hit with kids, grownups love sticky drumsticks too!
I make drumsticks just about every week, so I have a growing collection of chicken drumsticks recipes (these spicy drumsticks are excellent).
My challenge when making sticky drumsticks for the first time was to use a natural sweetener – I opted for honey – and to use the minimal amount that would flavor the dish, without making it overly sweet or going overboard with the carbs.
I am proud to report that I succeeded. These sticky drumsticks are easy to make, healthy, and delicious. If you use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, they are also paleo.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt (only if using coconut aminos)
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 8 medium skin on chicken drumsticks
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, soy sauce or coconut aminos, kosher salt if using, pepper and garlic powder.
- Place the chicken drumsticks in a 9 X 13-inch baking dish. Pour the sauce on top and use your hands to massage the sauce into the chicken pieces.
- Bake 45 minutes, using a pastry brush to baste the drumsticks with the pan juices every 15 minutes, and washing the brush with warm soapy water after each basting.
- When done, brush the sticky drumsticks one last time with the now thickened pan juices, and serve.
You can reduce the carbs to 5 grams per serving by using just 1 tablespoon of honey.