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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


  1. Place chia seeds in mini-food processor (or blender) and process until fine – a few un-ground seeds are fine.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.