Sweet and Sticky Chicken Drumsticks


I’ve heard many people say they are sick of making chicken the same way they always make it, but they really like chicken nonetheless. When looking for a new chicken recipe to make myself a couple years back, I found this recipe from Giada De Laurentiis’ cookbook, “Giada’s Kitchen: New Italian Favorites.” The book has many imaginative and ordinary recipes to choose from, but there are a handful that I make again and again, including this one. This dish has become a favorite dinner of my husband’s. Here’s the recipe:

Sweet and Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. light brown sugar, packed
1/4 c. soy sauce
5 fresh rosemary sprigs
5 garlic cloves, halved
10 to 12 chicken drumsticks
2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
1/4 c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

  1. Combine the balsamic vinegar, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, rosemary sprigs, and garlic cloves in a large, resealable plastic bag. Shake and squeeze the contents of the bag to dissolve the honey and the brown sugar. Add the chicken drumsticks to the bag and seal, squeezing out as much air from the bag as possible. Marinate in the refrigerator for two hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Remove the chicken drumsticks from the bag, reserving the marinade, and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the skin is caramelized and very dark in spots, 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, place the marinade in a small saucepan. Bring the marinade to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook over low heat until thick, about 15 minutes.
  5. Use a pastry brush to brush some of the cooked marinade on the cooked chicken. Place the chicken on a serving platter. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and the chopped parsley.

Serves 4 to 6.


I promise the sauce is good enough to eat with a spoon. I’m not afraid to admit that we’ve been known to go as far as licking the plate over here. Enjoy!


About Nina

Nina lives in Buffalo, NY. An adventurous home cook, she loves to eat, cook, bake & enjoy life. She writes/blogs about food, tweets adventures & other passions.

16. October 2010 by Nina
Categories: Recipes, Weeknight Meals | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 comments

3 Responses

  1. Nichole says:

    Nina, Thank you for this awesome recipe! I made it last Sunday for Chris and I, it turned out outstanding! It is definitely going to be a recipe rotated in our “usuals”.

    • Nina says:

      Aw, Nichole! I’m glad you both enjoyed it!! It’s one of our favorites too. I am just getting back in the kitchen following my surgery, so I’m looking forward to making it again soon for Nicholas!

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