This easy chicken drumstick recipe will become a family favorite

Sticky Apricot wings, photo by Cristine Struble
Sticky Apricot wings, photo by Cristine Struble /

Looking for an easy chicken drumstick recipe?

For many people, the chicken drumstick is one of most flavorful parts of the chicken. This easy chicken drumstick recipe will have everyone asking for an extra serving. Since is a simple to make, it could become you new family dinner favorite.

When it comes to chicken drumsticks or chicken wings, the recipes can often fall into one or two camps. Some people like that sauce to be hot, spicy or otherwise set your mouth on fire. Other people prefer a tangy sauce on their wings.

In the second option, tangy, the flavors stand on their own. The recipe does not need ranch, blue cheese or some other sauce to tame the flames. Instead, you savor each and every bite (and maybe even lick your fingers – don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone).

This easy chicken drumstick recipe might become a family favorite. Created by Katie Lee for Healthy Choice Power Dressing, the recipe is simple and many of the ingredients are already in your pantry.

This recipe creates a great sticky chicken drumstick. When it comes to a sauce consistency, sticky tends to be more satisfying. It seems to cover the chicken better and ensures that every bite is flavored by the sauce.

Here’s how to make Sticky Apricot Chicken


  • 12 chicken drumsticks (about 2 1/4 pounds)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam (or substitute honey, orange marmalade, or BBQ sauce)
  • 1/2 cup Healthy Choice Power Dressings Garden French
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  • Use a paper towel to pat the chicken dry. Generously season on all sides with salt and pepper. In a large dish, whisk together the jam, dressing, vinegar and garlic and toss with the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on a baking sheet; reserve the extra marinade. Bake for 45 minutes, then remove the baking sheet from the oven and increase the temperature to 425 degrees F. Spoon the reserved marinade over the chicken and sprinkle with the brown sugar. Bake until the glaze on the skin is caramelized, about 15 minutes more.
  • Serve the chicken on a platter and pour any additional cooked glaze from the baking sheet over it.

I have made this recipe several times, in several different ways. First, this recipe can be converted to chicken wings. Since chicken wing size varies, it will make at least a dozen, usually more.

This recipe calls for cooking the drumsticks in the oven. Truthfully, grilling or even smoking (like on a Big Green Egg) the chicken is delicious. The grill marks add another depth of flavor.

If you do choose to grill, you might want to omit the brown sugar sprinkle when the wings are on the grill itself. Use the method like the recipe above, but just be a little cautious for flare ups.

Also, if you cannot resist having a little extra heat on your chicken wings, you can play with the marinade and add some spices. But, this recipe isn’t meant to be spicy. The red wine vinegar balances the sweet and the Healthy Choice Power Dressing Garden French boosts the flavor.

Overall, this easy chicken drumstick recipe is a must try for anyone who loves a sticky chicken dish.  It could be that score a win at your next tailgate, too.

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