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Sticky Honey Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks

Sticky Honey Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks

So yesterday I posted about sticky coffee cinnamon rolls, so why not expand on the theme with this scandalously sticky drumsticks? Believe it or not, sometimes it’s hard for me to be inspired to make dinner. Usually I’ll log onto Pinterest and just choose something that looks good. This often results in Asian dishes – perhaps I was born on the wrong continent! It also may have something to do with the fact that Asian dishes don’t usually require a rack of lamb or some other specialized meat of which I can’t find a kosher version.


Sticky Honey Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks


My other method of figuring out what to make involves just seeing what’s available at the store. Whenever I go to the grocery store I usually have a pretty comprehensive list of all the things I need for the things I’ll make, and I rarely deviate; however, I will stop by the kosher meat section and see what’s available. If there’s something I haven’t seen before or never worked with, I’ll always pick it up and keep it in the freezer until I find a recipe. On one such occasion it was a gigantic bag of frozen kosher chicken drumsticks. Odd, for sure, but I picked it up anyway.


Sticky Honey Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks


If I have one click-bait weakness, it’s reduced balsamic vinegar. It just sounds delicious. It’s so sweet and tangy and adult-ish in a way. Mix it with the words “honey” and “sticky” and you’ve got me!


Sticky Honey Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks


This recipe came together quickly and easily. The end result looks amazing, and the clean-up isn’t that bad as long as you prep your pan correctly. We gobbled these down super fast and would be the perfect appetizer or snack for some Sunday Football!


Remember to make these for game day – pin this pic!


Sticky Honey Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks


Recipe adapted from Alaska from Scratch.


Sticky Honey Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks

Sticky Honey Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks


  1. 6 chicken drumsticks
  2. ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  3. ¼ cup honey
  4. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  5. ¼ cup brown sugar
  6. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, soy, brown sugar, garlic and red pepper flakes.
  2. Marinade the drumsticks in the mixture in a shallow covered dish in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  4. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (you can also put a silpat on top for extra coverage).
  5. Set a cooling rack on top of the baking sheet.
  6. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place the drumsticks onto the cooking rack. Roast the drumsticks in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, Transfer the marinade to a small saucepan. Simmer the marinade on the stove over medium-low heat until reduced and thickened, about 15 minutes.
  8. Remove chicken from the oven, brush generously with the reduced marinade, and return the chicken to the oven for another 10 minutes.


  1. Rachel Catherine says

    Those look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I will have to try these.

  2. Jenna Fletcher says

    The sticky honey balsamic sounds so scrumptious. Do you think it would work with chicken breasts?

    • mirinadler says

      Perhaps! You might have to adjust the cooking time though.

  3. Christina J says

    Trying this tomorrow night to feed my family plus two hungry missionaries from the Pacific Islands. Can’t wait to see how they turn out!

    • Christina J says

      Update: So delicious!! We all picked the bones clean. Will be adding to my regular recipes. Thank you!

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  5. Tawana says

    I’m definitely going to make this for dinner tonight. I’m also going to make some coconut rice to go with it, and string beans will be the vegetable to make it complete.

  6. Mrs B says

    Chicken was good but the sauce is AMAZING! I’ll be dipping lots of different foods in it. That’s if I don’t just drink it by the glass. Addicting!

  7. LauraJane says

    I followed the recipe but the sauce burned on the chicken 🙁 Any suggestions to fix it?

    • Sorry to hear that. I may depend the oven and on how close to the broilers the drumsticks were. I’d watch it and baste another time earlier in the cooking.

  8. Rita says

    Having this for dinner in about 30 min. Can’t wait to try it.

  9. These looks like drummettes in the photos, but I have full drumsticks. Is the sauce recipe only enough for 6 small drumettes or for full size? If this recipe is for the small ones, any suggestions on adjusting the cooking time? Planning to make for a late lunch tomorrow! Looking forward to it 🙂

  10. Sara Hull says

    I would LOVE to make this but my oven kicked the bucket on me 😭 any suggestions for cooking it on the stovetop?

  11. Julina J. says

    This recipe is DELICIOUS 👌with the use of these simple ingredients and following the instructions you’ll have perfect sticky wings in less than an hour. I’m very pleased.

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