Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Honey-Balsamic Marinade

June 24, 2015
2 Ratings
Photo by D'Artagnan
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

These delightfully sticky grilled chicken drumsticks have just the right balance of sweet honey and tart balsamic flavors, making them a hit with both kids and adults alike. Marinate them the night before for a quick and easy meal. —D'Artagnan

What You'll Need
  • 10-12 Organic Air Chilled Chicken Drumsticks (
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 4 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • Sesame seeds, to garnish (optional)
  • Flat leaf parsley, chopped, to garnish (optional)
  1. In a non-reactive dish large enough to fit all of the chicken drumsticks, whisk together vinegar, honey, soy sauce, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Remove about 4 tablespoons of the marinade and reserve in a separate small container, covered in the refrigerator. Add the chicken to the large container, turning to coat evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, up to overnight. Turn the chicken a few times during the marinating process.
  2. • When ready to cook, preheat a grill to medium. Remove the chicken from the marinade, letting the excess drip off. Discard marinade. Grill until chicken is just cooked through, turning often to avoid over-charring. Toward the end of cooking, brush drumsticks with reserved “clean” marinade, creating a glaze. When done, the thickest part of the drumstick should register 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Remove to a platter to rest. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped parsley.

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