Finger Licking Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

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Finger Licking Sticky Chicken Drumsticks coated with a rich and dark glaze heavy with chili, perfect from the oven but would work equally well on a BBQ!

Sticky chicken drumsticks and not just any old sticky chicken drumsticks. Finger licking ones too!  I did consider trimming up these drummers so the were all neat and elegant and beautiful to photograph, but thought who on earth really does stuff like that and lets face it there is something wonderful about needing wet wipes after eating dinner!

For me there is just something about drumsticks, sure the thigh has a little more flavour but mother nature never made the thigh with a perfect little handle to hold on to as you munch off the juicy flavoursome meat.  Sorry to the Vegetarians out there, I am certainly showing my meat loving side here. Fear not there will be plenty more veggie recipes to come 😉

I have returned to a time honoured favourite for todays recipe as I have had a nightmare in the kitchen this week, I have been working on developing a bread recipe over the last few days after the success of my first baking run out on Krumpli with my Cherry Bakewell Tart. Unfortunately that has proved to be nothing short of a disaster.  However I will continue and you can rest assured by the time, or if ever the recipe is published it will be checked and checked again, but for the moment I am taking a walk from baking and will be back.

But this is food for comfort a sweet, salty, spicy & sticky glaze on some simple chicken drumsticks.  I often find that simple food is the most comforting and whilst marinading and reducing the sauce takes a little time, it is all really easy cooking and the result is noise inducing good.

Finger Licking Sticky Chicken Drumsticks coated with a rich and dark glaze heavy with chili, perfect from the oven but would work equally well on a BBQ!

You could use this glaze on pretty much any meat you can stick on a BBQ, particularly pork and whilst it would be a little ‘pokey’ with salmon you good give it a try. As I explained in my BBQ Rib recipe I am still scarred from the best part of a year cooking on an open flame, so once again these are baked.  Just like my ribs I have once again opted for a dry rib prior to the sticky glaze to build layers of flavour, however this recipe is certainly a lot quicker with a far less time spent in the marinade.

Most sticky glazes I have read rely on honey and whilst our local honey is good, nay great, I love a bit of dark treacle or molasses in my sticky glazes and these sticky chicken drumsticks are no different. That slight bitter edge you get for me is heavenly.  I also used a generous amount of our own sweet chili sauce which I will post a recipe for when chili season rolls around as our harvest is looking like a bit of a corker this year.  As for the cherry jam, well it just gives it the fruity mellow sweetness that I like from my glazes!

Those of you who visit regularly will also notice I have been playing around this evening with a new photography style as I thought it would go well with this dish.  Experimenting is fine but I really should ensure I have charged batteries in my camera, both of my batteries were dead which meant really limited time to take this shot and not enough playing around with angles and variations.  I would love to say I have learned my lesson but as per the bread story earlier you know I will be back for more!

Do you have a favourite sticky chicken drumsticks recipe?  Post them up in the comments, whilst this is my favourite at the moment, it does continue to evolve and develop and would love to hear what goes in to your favourites.

Finger Licking Sticky Chicken Drumsticks
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Finger Licking Sticky Chicken Drumsticks coated with a rich and dark glaze heavy with chili, perfect from the oven but would work equally well on a BBQ!

Course: Main Course
Servings: 2
Author: Brian Jones
  • 6 Chicken Drumsticks.
For the Dry Rub
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder.
  • 1 Tsp Sweet Paprika.
  • 1/2 Tsp Hot Paprika.
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt.
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper. Freshly Ground
  • 1/8 Tsp Ground Cloves.
For the Glaze
  • 2 Tbsp Honey.
  • 1 Tbsp Black Treacle: Use molasses in the US.
  • 2 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce: Choose your favourite brand, I personally make my own
  • 2 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce.
  • 1 Tsp Rice Wine Vinegar.
  • 1/2 Tsp Fish Sauce.
  • 1 Tbsp Cherry Jam.
  1. Mix together the garlic, paprika, salt, black pepper and garlic cloves in a bag or 'tupperware' box and add the chicken drumsticks, shake well and allow to infuse for 1-2 hours
  2. Then prepare your glaze by adding all of the ingredients into a pan and bringing to a simmer and then reducing until unctuous and sticky
  3. Preheat your oven to 200°c
  4. Roll the chicken around in the warmed glaze until well coated and place on a 'cooling grid' on a baking tray and cook for 30 minutes basting every 10 minutes with more of the glaze
Recipe Notes

Do not leave the initial dry rub on for longer than a couple of hours as the salt will 'cure' the meat, you can do this over night of you wish but omit the salt and add before you add the wet glaze
When baking the chicken place some baking parchment or tin foil underneath the 'cooling grid' to aid with washing up afterwards

Finger Licking Sticky Chicken Drumsticks coated with a rich and dark glaze heavy with chili, perfect from the oven but would work equally well on a BBQ!



  1. Jo June 18, 2015 at 5:30 am - Reply

    These really do look fantastic Brian. Do you leave the skin on or take it off before running etc?

    • Brian Jones June 18, 2015 at 6:11 am - Reply

      Skin on for me Jo, but I love chicken skin, it has so much flavour… I have even been known to remove it grill it off until crispy, let it cool & blitz, then add it to the breadcrumb mix for Kievs 🙂

      • Kristen @ The Endless Meal June 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm - Reply

        Ground up chicken skin breadcrumbs might be the best idea I’ve ever heard of!

        • Brian Jones June 18, 2015 at 4:32 pm - Reply

          Be prepared to have you mind blown… I do it with pork crackling too and make ‘pulled pork’ deep fried balls with crackling mixed in with the bread crumbs 😮

  2. Kristen @ The Endless Meal June 18, 2015 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    This chicken looks amazing! Totally agree with you that the messiness of chicken drumsticks is half the fun. 🙂

    • Brian Jones June 18, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      There are just some foods that are not done right if you don’t need a wash after eating them 😉

  3. Whitney June 21, 2015 at 6:22 am - Reply

    What is black treacle??

    • Brian Jones June 21, 2015 at 6:33 am - Reply

      Black treacle is a dark, thick, sugar syrup… For a substitute you could use Molasses, there is a technical difference in terms of how they are produced, however the flavours are very similar.

  4. Farha - faskitchen June 24, 2015 at 6:05 am - Reply

    With the dead batteries, the shots are beautiful..Looks like a perfect fit for the summer evening.. Loving the presentation..

    • Brian Jones June 24, 2015 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Thank you very much… Not a major issue, just meant I could not check and be as precise as I like to be 🙂

  5. Brian this sounds scrumptious, I’ve never used sweet and hot paprika at the same time, I assume they’re complimentary?

    • Brian Jones June 26, 2015 at 5:28 am - Reply

      Sweet and hot paprika are definitely complimentary, they are essentially just ground up dried peppers of different varieties… They are there to do two different jobs, the warm sweet mellowness of the sweet paprika is like a foundation underpinning everything and the heat zing of of the spicy comes in much later 🙂

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  7. Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook August 1, 2015 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    The photo alone made me so hungry!! Its like I could almost smell this dish from here. Look so good! 🙂

    • Brian Jones August 2, 2015 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Thanks Jhuls, it is a very satisfying sticky savoury treat 🙂

  8. swayam August 2, 2015 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Brian you cant keep doing this to me buddy! Chicken drumsticks never looked this good! It makes me wish I had some chicken in my fridge right now .. Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays

    • Brian Jones August 4, 2015 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      Hahhhahhhaaa, I am so sorry I will try harder next time 😉

  9. Dini @ The Flavor Bender August 3, 2015 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    These look incredible Brian! 🙂 I absolutely love how beautifully sticky and flavourful they look! Some foods just need a big pile of napkins! 😀 Thank you for sharing this with us at #SaucySaturdays!

    • Brian Jones August 4, 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      Cheers Dini, the napkins are not required just lick your fingers 😉

  10. Christine August 3, 2015 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    OMG you mixed the paprikas! You mad man! And I also have homework cuz I ‘ve no idea what black treacle is. But it’s worth it because I can do this in oven and that makes me so happy. Thanks for linking at #SaucySaturdays, Brian. Also, I’m glad you didn’t “neaten them up.” Love them just like this in all their sticky glory.

    • Brian Jones August 4, 2015 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      I guess the mixed Paprika is a Hungarian thing, they play levels of paprika like an orchestra plays instruments… These definitely needed the finger licking bits at the end to keep ’em real 😉

  11. Jennifer Stewart August 7, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Sweet and Spicy God in heaven! These look like I died and went to heaven! Thanks for sharing this at #SaucySaturdays!

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  15. skd August 10, 2015 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Wow! I am drooling at the pic. Cherry jam in the glaze sounds super innovative. Must ,should,will try asap?

    • Brian Jones August 10, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Thank you, hope you enjoy… The jam is very subtle but helps with the glaze and gives a richness to the flavour.

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    I love anything sticky and chicken is so perfect. I have never used black treacle for my sticky sauce and it sounds delicious! 🙂

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  20. Simon (BBQ Bastard) July 24, 2016 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Hey Brian,

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I made these today with a little twist! They were stunning but sweet as hell haha 🙂 I link back to your site as soon as I’ve published the recipe!

    Cheers and thank you very much for inspiring me!

    • Brian Jones July 29, 2016 at 5:55 am - Reply

      Superb, they are a little on the sweet side but I kinda like that, glad you enjoyed them look forward to seeing your version 🙂

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  22. Colleen August 3, 2017 at 3:57 am - Reply

    Hi Brian these drumsticks look so yummy! Do you think I could make them ahead, say in a Friday night and store them then preheat them the following day and serve?

    • Brian Jones August 3, 2017 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Hi Colleen, I see no reason why not, they will no be quite as good as fresh from the oven, I always find reheated chicken looses a little, although you could try dropping a bowl of water in the oven whilst you are preheatng it to generate some steam that will hopefully add a little moisture when you reheat the chicken. Enjoy 🙂

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