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Sticky Honey-Garlic Chicken Drumsticks


Chicken drumsticks are my son’s favourite – and if I’m honest, I secretly love them too. They’re inexpensive, perfect for eating with your fingers, and are like a meatier version of chicken wings – more meat, less skin, but still wonderfully, finger-lickin’ sticky. I recently tried a version with honey and garlic – my favourite style of chicken wing – and they were a dinnertime hit.

If you want to get them started ahead of time, freeze the drumsticks in their marinade until you’re ready to thaw them for dinner.

  1. 8 chicken drumsticks
  2. 1/4 cup honey
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  5. 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  6. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  1. In a bowl or large ziplock bag, combine the drumsticks, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and garlic. Refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight.
  2. When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 425F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Remove the drumsticks from the marinade and put them on the sheet. Put them into the oven to bake and the marinade into a small saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Cook the marinade for 5 minutes, until the mixture thickens and reduces slightly. Bake the drumsticks for about half an hour, basting with the thickened sauce, until the drumsticks are cooked through. Serves 4.
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  • Zoie says:

    I made the marinade and cooked it for 10 minutes and it still didn’t thicken, I followed this recipe exactly.

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      Hi Zoie, its unfortunate that the sauce did not thicken for you. With this amount of sugar and the very little additonal liquid in the marinade, this should normally thicken nicely. Here’s a solution you could try, mix equal parts water and cornstarch (about 1 to 2 tsp of each), then stir into the sauce, bring it to a boil for about 1 minute. This should do the trick!

  • Cassandra says:

    Any suggestions on what to serve as a side to this?

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      Hi Cassandra, there are many options that would taste great with this tasty chicken. Options you might want to try are: rice and sautéed or steamed Asian greens, pasta salad and veggie sticks, quinoa and corn on the cob, rice noodles and edamame beans, coconut rice and green beans, sweet potatoes and broccoli….Enjoy!

  • Bonnita says:

    I will be making this recipe with 30 drumsticks. I’ll triple the recipe. Seems like a lot of sugar. Will the quantity of drumsticks affect the cooking time? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks. Looks delicious.

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