Sticky Chicken Drumsticks


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This Sticky Chicken Drumsticks recipe bridges that gap between budget-friendly and family-pleasing. It’s SO easy to prepare with just a handful of ingredients that smother chicken drumsticks in a bbq glaze.

These drumsticks are then baked until golden brown with a zesty sticky-crisp outer crust and a moist and juicy interior perfect alongside Baked Mac and Cheese.

Sticky Chicken Drumsticks on a tray garnished with chives.

How to Make Chicken Drumsticks

Big family packs of drumsticks are perfect for sticky chicken drumsticks, Cuban mojo chicken, or delicious breaded oven-fried chicken, forks are always optional! Just dig in!

Best of all, the sauce ingredients for this recipe are so simple; honey, barbecue sauce, garlic, and mustard. You probably already have most of them in your pantry. The glaze in this recipe is equally appropriate for baked wings or drumettes too.

Left image shows ingredients for glaze in a glass bowl, right image shows glaze being spread on each drumstick with a brush.

To Make Chicken Drumsticks:

  1. Mix the sauce ingredients (per recipe below).
  2. Brush or coat the drumsticks with the sticky sauce.
  3. Bake until golden brown, reapplying the sauce halfway through. Broil if desired.

These sticky chicken drumsticks are so versatile, they can be served with almost anything! We love pairing with an easy tossed salad and a side of brown rice.

Substitutions

  • BBQ Sauce: Use any kind or any brand. If you don’t have any, it’s pretty easy to make homemade bbq sauce.
  • Honey: If you don’t have honey, you can substitute 1/4 cup brown sugar.
  • Garlic: No fresh garlic at hand? Use garlic powder instead. Approximately 1/2 teaspoon of powder will serve the purpose since 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder is equivalent to one medium minced garlic clove.

Overhead shot of raw chicken drumsticks on a tray with glaze on each drumstick.

How Long to Bake Chicken Drumsticks

Allow for approximately 45 minutes of cooking time in the oven. You may need a bit more or less. When it comes to cooking poultry, a meat thermometer is always your best friend. The poultry safe temperature is 165°F at the center, be careful not to touch a bone when taking the temperature.

Don’t have a meat thermometer? Test for doneness by cutting into the flesh with a fork and look for three things to tell if your drumsticks are ready:

  1. If the juices run clear
  2. If the meat easily separates from the bone with a fork
  3. If there is no pink anywhere.

Crispy Sticky Chicken Drumsticks in a bowl garnished with chives.

What to Serve with Chicken Drumsticks

A drumstick dinner is a casual family fare where simple hearty side dishes will complement the robust flavors of sticky baked drumsticks.

Try serving with creamy coleslaw, baked beans with bacon, or creamy garlic mashed potatoes. Pull apart garlic bread or cheesy biscuits will taste fabulous with chicken drumsticks.

Now that’s good eatin’!

Finger-Lickin’ Chicken Recipes

Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Chicken drumsticks baked with a sticky glaze until golden brown.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs chicken drumsticks
Sauce
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey or brow sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Mix all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Brush chicken with sauce and place on a parchment-lined pan. Bake 20 minutes.

  4. Brush with more sauce, turning chicken to coat well and bake an additional 20-25 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F and sauce is sticky.

Recipe Notes

Optional, transfer to a foil lined pan and broil on low 2-3 minutes to brown skin.
Garnish with green onions if desired.
You can substitute bone in chicken thighs in this recipe.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 371, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 140mg, Sodium: 677mg, Potassium: 463mg, Carbohydrates: 32g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 28g, Protein: 27g, Vitamin A: 197%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 34%, Iron: 1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Sticky Chicken Drumsticks on a tray garnished with chives.
Sticky Chicken Drumsticks on a tray garnished with chives.
Top photo - Sticky Chicken Drumsticks on a tray garnished with chives. Bottom photo - Overhead shot of raw chicken drumsticks on a tray with glaze on each drumstick.

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