Sweet and Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 10
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 159.1
  • Total Fat: 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 28.5 mg
  • Sodium: 762.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 28.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 8.7 g

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Number of Servings: 10


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


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 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

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.

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.

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.

Number of Servings: 10

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user EARAMIREZ.

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was great! I wrapped the chicken in foil to cook so the drumsticks steamed, then opened it at the end so they got brown. I loved the sauce! It went excellent over peas and rice. I will make again and am going to put this in a blog entry :) Thank you. - 2/26/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Loved it - 2/9/14

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  • This was a big hit in my house!! - 10/15/17

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  • thanks - 8/12/17

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  • Omg......Absolutely loved them.....like every one else normally do not but drumsticks too often but because of this recipe...I'll be more inclined to buy more often..... - 6/13/13

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  • Mmmm, this was scrumptious and all the family loved it!! - 1/23/13

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  • yum! - 1/22/12

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  • I liked this recipe a lot. I struggle with what to do with drumsticks sometimes, so I'm glad I came across this recipe.Will Definitely make again! - 1/9/12

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  • I love it! I can't put my finger on it, but the "sauce" reminds me of something...I had mine over jasmine rice! - 9/26/11

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  • this recipe was great and we were able to use leftover sauce for other things, like salmon and wontons - 8/18/11

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  • These were delicious. I would marinade them as long as possible. We only cooked half of the dish on Sunday and then cooked the remaining on Monday for the leftovers. - 2/11/11

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  • I took the skin off and added some fresh orange juice to the marinade and let it sit for 8 hours before baking. The meat was moist and delicious! - 1/28/10

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  • Fabulous - everyone loved it, husband, child, toddler all! (and I'm sure the cats would have enjoyed it if they'd had a chance). It was great for leftovers the next night too. - 1/4/10

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  • tried this tonight, and we thought it was a little too sweet :) but we enjoyed it and will probably make it again. oh and i didn't have rosemary, so i used basil instead. seemed to be an ok alternative. - 10/21/09

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  • Yum. Kids loved it. I loved it. DD helped prep, DS helped clean up. A great family dinner. - 9/29/09

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  • Amazing! I served the chicken with whole wheat pasta w/ the reduced marinade on top. It was great the first night, and superb as leftovers two nights later! No more Chinese take-out for me! This is DELICIOUS! - 3/2/09

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  • This was a very delicious recipe. The sauce would be excellent on chicken breasts as well. I did remove the chicken skin before marinating- I think it would be even better marinated for longer. I had 2 drumsticks and vegetables for my meal. DH had 5 drumsticks- he doesn't have to watch his weight! - 1/21/09

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