Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

Sticky chicken on a plate ready sprinkle with scallions and serve.
Prep Time: 
45 min prep time
Number of Servings: 
serves 4
Recipe Source: 
$10 Dinners by Julie Grimes ($21.99, Oxmoor House, 2018)


  • 1 large lime
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1 Tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek (ground fresh chili paste)
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 12 lb)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 12 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Grate 14 teaspoon zest from lime into a small bowl. Squeeze 3 tablespoons juice from lime into a small saucepan. Add brown sugar and next 5 ingredients to saucepan with juice; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring just until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 2 minutes or just until mixture thickens to a syrupy consistency. Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil. Remove 3 tablespoons glaze to a small bowl. Stir zest into reserved glaze; keep warm and set aside.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil; coat foil with cooking spray. Place chicken in a single layer on prepared pan and season with salt and pepper. Toss chicken with reserved 3 tablespoons glaze.
  4. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Turn chicken over; brush with remaining glaze and bake for 10 to 12 more minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 165°. Place chicken on a platter. Sprinkle with green onions.


Drumsticks are not only affordable, they’re fun. Kids, big and little, love to eat with their hands. With this glaze, things will get a little messy, but the flavor is well worth the extra napkins

Nutrition Info: 
516 Calories, 49 g Protein, 20 g Carbohydrates, 1 g Fiber, 26 g Total fat (7 g sat), 584 mg Sodium, ★★★★★ Vitamin B3 (niacin), B6, B12, Phosphorus, ★★★★ Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Zinc, ★★ Vitamin B1 (thiamine), K, Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium