Cure your craving for sticky, drippy, kickin’ barbecue sauced chicken! This thick sauce is yummy on pork, fish, beef, tofu, even grilled veggies…and of course chicken.
It’s all about the sauce, baby!
I was craving sweet, sticky sauce dripping off of a hand-held barbecued hunk of meat >> And this is it.
Because it’s got good contrasts: Sweet yet tart. Spicy yet mellow. Smokey yet fruity.
Plus it was totally a winner with my kids.
Not only did they like the sauce, but chicken drumsticks – or drummies – are perfect kid-pleasers. They are: 1) Fun to eat 2) A snap to prep – even for kids – because the skin is much easier to remove than that on chicken breasts or thighs.
Now about that sticky, sweet, flavor-bomb sauce…of course, it has to be healthy:
- Lower in sugar
- Lower in sodium
And you should be about to just throw it together with basic ingredients from your pantry – or if you’re missing one or two things, you could absolutely mix it up a bit. Except, don’t skip the chia seeds; they:
- Add crispy texture to the outside of the chicken – Since you remove the skin to cut away most of the saturated fat, you also remove the crispy texture from the skin. The chia is a healthy replacement.
- Thicken the sauce – It would be very sad if all the yummy sauce slid right off the meat; the chia helps keep the sauce in place.
- Add good nutrition – Chia seeds are packed with the plant form of healthy omega-3 fats.
I’m happy to admit, this sauce is rather a revelation. You won’t be able to stop ‘tasting it’ as you stir it up! Cure your craving for kickin' barbecue sauced chicken: Sweet and Sticky Chicken Drumsticks via @TspCurry Click To Tweet
So brush on the sauce – and cure your craving for sticky, drippy, kickin’ barbecue sauced chicken. I did.Print
Sweet and Sticky Chicken Drumsticks
- Yield: 1 1/4 cups 1x
Cure your craving for sticky, drippy, kickin’ barbecue sauced chicken! This thick sauce would be yummy on pork, fish, beef, tofu, even grilled veggies…and of course chicken.
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice from 1/2 orange
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup homemade ketchup (Honey Cinnamon flavor – or regular ketchup)
- 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chilies (optional)
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 8 chicken drumsticks – about 2 pounds
- Place chia seeds in mini-food processor (or blender) and process until fine – a few un-ground seeds are fine.
- Place chia seeds and all other ingredients except chicken in medium pan and combine. Heat over medium-high heat until boiling. Turn heat down to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes. Divide sauce in half into two small bowls.
- Coat broiler pan with cooking spray. Brush chicken with sauce from bowl #1 and place on broiler pan. (Keep other #2 bowl of sauce reserved for serving.) Broil chicken on one side for 5 minutes. Turn chicken, brush with additional sauce. Broil for 5 minutes more. Turn oven on to 400-degrees and cook chicken for about 5-8 minutes more until cooked through.
These drumsticks would also be delicious grilled.
Do you ever cook chicken drumsticks? What’s a recipe you’ve created to cure a craving?
Anne|Craving Something Healthy
Wednesday 16th of August 2017
I just realized I haven't made BBQ chicken in 100 years! This looks delicious!
Wednesday 16th of August 2017
Oh thanks Anne. You must try these. They had me licking my fingers and adding more sauce!
Monday 11th of July 2016
Okay, now I'm totally craving a huge pile of these delicious wings. These look finger' lickin' good, and I really mean that. I must try these soon!
Tuesday 12th of July 2016
Thanks for taking the time to comment Karly! The twist of orange is a surprising way to add the sparkle of acid and a bit more natural sweetness too. LMK how if you end up making them!
Sara @ sarahaasrdn.com
Friday 8th of July 2016
Totally craving these right now! Cool recipe Serena!
Saturday 9th of July 2016
Thanks Sara! They were soooo good.