Sweet and Sticky Chicken Drumsticks Recipe that You will Love

Sweet and Sticky Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Sweet and Sticky Chicken Drumsticks Recipe 1Sweet and Sticky Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Chicken drumsticks are something that we have been on a kick with lately. My kids love them so we are constantly searching for chicken recipes that I just know everyone will enjoy. We have chicken at least 3-4 days per week so finding new recipes or different ways to prepare the chicken is important to me as I love trying new flavors. Even better, chicken drumsticks are cheap! I can typically find them at the grocery store for less than a dollar a pound, which is always a win in my book.

These sweet and sticky chicken legs are the perfect family meal, afternoon snack, middle of the night cold snack or as a topping for your favorite salad the next day. Combining the flavors of brown sugar, ginger, soy, and garlic, these chicken drumsticks are absurdly good. Just make sure you break out the napkins…or lick your fingers!

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  • 1/3 c sugar, brown
  • 1/3 c soy sauce
  • ¼ c apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 T water
  • salt & pepper
  • 12 chicken legs

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  1. Preheat oven to 375,
  2. Lay out chicken on a parchment lined baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. Roast for 15 minutes.
  4. While the chicken is roasting, in a saucepan, add the rest of the ingredients except the starch and water.
  5. Mix well and bring to a boil.
  6. When the mixture boils, add the slurry and bring to a boil again. Remove from heat when it thickens
  7. After the 15 minutes of roasting, begin basting the chicken every 10 – 15 minutes.
  8. Roast the chicken for 40 – 45 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked through.

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25 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. The chicken has a very strong color, I believe that the taste must be magnificent, I can already see my children delighting in this dish they love chicken and then love.

  2. It is a new recipe for me. I have never tried sweet with chicken. It looks amazing.

  3. Sweet and sticky is exactly how I like my chicken – or ribs, for that matter. I can’t wait to try this! Om nom nom.

  4. I can feel my teeth sticking together just looking at these! I want them now!!! I can’t wait to try this!

  5. I could definitely go for a delicious chicken meal like this. Those flavors are sounding super good!

  6. Dana Rodriguez

    These look so delicious. I am going to try these soon!

  7. Tamra Phelps

    I make chicken pretty regularly, so I’ll give this recipe a try. It does look really tasty.

  8. Oh I bet these sweet and sticky chicken legs are delicious. What a fun recipe idea to try. I am going to see if the family loves these as much as I think I will 🙂

  9. Catherine Sargent

    These sweet and sticky chicken legs look so yummy! I am going to make this recipe for the family this weekend.

  10. These sound so good and easy! I pinned them to try soon.

  11. I am always looking for different ways to cook chicken! I love this recipe, looks delicious and sticky!

  12. Pam

    These look great! The key to good chicken is always in the sauce in my opinion.

  13. ellen beck

    I like your sauce recipe. It sounds good. I think legs in particular are good with a sweeter sauce. I know our family would enjoy them- with lots of napkins handy of course!

  14. I could eat chicken every single day! We eat a lot of Asian flavored food, so this recipe would be great for my family!

  15. I can almost taste it now! Sweet and sticky sounds like my kind of flavor combination!

  16. You had me at sweet and sticky. I love a bit of sweetness when it comes to my meats that are cooked like this. Sounds delicious!

  17. That looks amazing! I love discovering new chicken recipes as well since the kids really love having chicken as often as they can. I love that you can have this one with rice.

  18. I will definitely try this! I love sweet flavored chicken! This looks absolutely tasty!

  19. I would love to try this recipe for dinner. I think it’s something that my husband will definitely enjoy. It’s packed with flavor as well, which I love! Chicken is truly versatile.

  20. I don’t cook chicken legs very  often, but this looks and sounds delicious! I would love to try this recipe sometime!

  21. rochelle haynes

    This is looking good and tasty

  22. Cynthia R

    These look amazing, perfect for football game season.

  23. Rosie

    These sweet sticky chicken legs look so good, I’d love to try this. I better make a double batch as I can tell these will disappear fast!

  24. Hello, Stacie.

    This SWEET AND STICKY CHICKEN LEGS of yours is a great alternative from the usual recipes we have. I can’t believe how easy it is to make this very tasty dish. I will definitely try this.

  25. Kiwi

    My mouth is watering. This looks so delicious I would definitely recreate this!

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