A super easy recipe for delicious sticky drumsticks that the kids AND grownups will love. I make this recipe often, per my family’s insistence!
I make drumsticks just about every week, so to keep things interesting, I have a growing collection of chicken drumsticks recipes (these spicy drumsticks are excellent). This one is definitely a keeper.
My family really likes these sticky drumsticks. Their combination of sweet and savory is irresistible. Naturally a big hit with kids, grownups love them too!
The ingredients used in this recipe
You will only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty dish (the exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below):
Olive oil: I love using this delicious oil in my recipes. But if you’re unsure about cooking with it, you can use avocado oil instead. It has a higher smoke point. Or you could use melted butter.
Honey: I haven’t tried using a sugar-free sticky sweetener in this recipe so I don’t know if it would work as well as the real thing. But you can use half the amount of honey if you’d like.
Soy sauce: I prefer reduced-sodium soy sauce. The traditional sauce is too salty in my opinion.
Seasonings: Black pepper and garlic powder.
Chicken drumsticks: I like to leave the skin on. You can remove it if you’d like.
How to make sticky drumsticks
It’s so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
1. Start by mixing together the sauce ingredients.
2. Pour the sauce over the chicken drumsticks and toss to coat.
3. Bake for about 45 minutes at 400°F, basting often. Baste one last time with the pan juices and serve.
Using a minimal amount of sweetener
My challenge when making this recipe for the first time (I’ve made them many times since) was to use a natural sweetener instead of brown sugar. I opted for honey.
I also wanted to use the minimal amount that would flavor the dish, without making it overly sweet or going overboard with the carbs. So I settled on two tablespoons.
And I am proud to report that I succeeded. This chicken recipe is easy to make and absolutely delicious. If you wish, you can use just one tablespoon of honey to reduce carbs even more.
How to serve sticky drumsticks
What about leftovers?
Leftovers keep quite well in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Although – as with most chicken recipes – they’re not as good as when served fresh. I reheat them gently, covered, in the microwave on 50% power. They are also good cold.
More chicken drumsticks recipes that you might enjoy
In addition to these sticky drumsticks, there are three more chicken drumsticks recipes that I make often. Teriyaki chicken, Jamaican jerk chicken, and buffalo chicken. All of them are delicious and very easy to make.
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- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce (or use a gluten-free alternative and add salt as needed)
- 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, black 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.