Sweet and Spicy Drumsticks

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Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Drumsticks are a great addition to your Halloween table or game-day spread. This easy chicken drumsticks recipe is loaded with zesty Asian flavor and a kick of fiery heat.

I have a sinister side.

Most people never see it, but it’s there.

I have been known to tell my children that the grates in the sidewalk with deep gutters below, are where all the naughty kids end up.

Pausing for judgement…

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Halloween is one of the rare times of year when this hidden mischievous nature surfaces.

You see it in treats, costumes, and decorations all around our house in October. Yet where I really shine is “Spooky Recipe Titles.”

It’s a dark gift, if you will.

Take these sweet and spicy baked chicken drumsticks, for instance.

Awesome baked drumsticks, boring name.

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So let’s consider some bloodcurdling options:

  • Lost Dog Legs
  • Roasted  Roadkill
  • Not-So-Funny Bones
  • Frightfully Fiery Femurs
  • Amputee Appendages
  • Cheeky Child Limbs

What, did I go too far on the last one? Whatever.

Then pick the name your comfortable with for this Halloween chicken drumsticks recipe, but trust me, you’ve got to try it.

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These baked chicken drumsticks are addictively delicious.

Sweet and sticky.

Crispy and tender.

Spicy, savory and popping with ginger and garlic flavor.

It’s a MUST MAKE chicken drumsticks recipe. Perfect for Halloween parties and game-nights because you can prepare a TON of drumsticks at once, and they are so inexpensive to buy.

So whether you go with a creepy name or a plain-jane name, you can’t go wrong with these baked chicken drumsticks!


Yield: 20 drumsticks

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe


  • 20 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/3 cup flour (any variety for GF)
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sriracha chili sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil, spray with non-stick cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. Mix the flour, corn starch, and salt together in a bowl. Using paper towels, dry each drumstick and roll them in the flour mixture for a light dusting. Then lay them out on the baking sheets, evenly spaced.
  3. Bake the drumsticks for 30 minutes, flipping once.
  4. In the meantime, pour the pineapple juice and all remaining ingredients in a sauce pot. (If you are sensitive to heat, add 1/4 cup sriracha; if you really like spicy food, add 1/2 cup.) Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Then pour the sauce over the drumsticks evenly. Roll the drumsticks around in it to coat, and place back in the oven, uncovered.
  6. Back another 20 minutes, until the sauce is thick and sticky and the drumsticks are well coated. Serve warm.

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62 Responses to “Sweet and Spicy Drumsticks”

  1. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — October 22, 2012 @ 6:54 am

    I have few meat cravings, but baked chicken is one of them. What an awesome recipe you have here.

    And I know you have a sinister side… I could tell from the moment I met you ;-)


  2. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — October 22, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    These look great! I love the combination of ingredients in the sauce…


  3. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — October 22, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    That sauce! Oh my!


  4. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — October 22, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    That sauce–I want it on everything! And what the what is that creepy cat thing in your pictures? It’s so cool!


    • Sommer — October 22nd, 2012 @ 9:32 am

      LOL!!! Hayley, I couldn’t resist putting in my black cat decorations. :)


  5. #
    Christine (Cook the Story) — October 22, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    Bwa ha ha! Not to far at all! I think the names are all great. But the look of those shiny sticky chicken legs is even better. Yum!


  6. #
    Kristen — October 22, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    Baked chicken legs is one of our favorite meals – and I love this sauce!


  7. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — October 22, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    I was scrolling through my Google account and I saw the photo of your baked chicken drumsticks! Holy amazing they look delicious!!! I have to make these, but i know they won’t look as pretty as yours!


  8. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 22, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    my mouth is quite literally watering over here – sticky and crispy and yummy. feed me.


  9. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — October 22, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    I’m picking up chicken legs stat!


  10. #
    Cassie — October 22, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    My husband will love these! We had some sweet and spicy wings last night that were so good, he was nudging me the whole time saying “you need to blog these”. Can’t wait to try them!


  11. #
    Aggie — October 22, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    Ahh! That black cat is cracking me up (In a freaked out scary, lol, kind of way) :)

    These chicken drummies look great! Great easy recipe – loving the pineapple juice and sriracha!


  12. #
    Jeanette — October 22, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    I love all the fun names you came up with. These drumsticks would be fantastic for any night, but I’d love to have these on the table for Halloween and tell them I’m feeding them Amputee Appendages and see what their reaction is ;).


  13. #
    Elizabeth @Food Ramblings — October 22, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    love the alternative names!!


  14. #
    Colette @ JFF! — October 22, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    Love the theme, esp the Halloween kitty!


  15. #
    Carolyn — October 22, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Okay, that cat is wigging me out! But the drummies look dee-lish.


  16. #
    marilyn schoneman — October 22, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    Has anybody used this sauce on meatballs ! ?
    thanxs ….. marilyn…!


  17. #
    Julia — October 22, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    These will be a hit! Perfect for my upcoming tailgate! Can’t wait to try it out.


  18. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — October 22, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    I looove adapting chicken wing ideas to chicken leg eats, so much easier to gnaw on! I vote for Lost Dog Legs, the worst of the best names.


  19. #
    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 22, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    Ooh, sticky, sweet and spicy YUM!


  20. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 22, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

    These look so delish, Sommer! Love your name ideas – too funny!


  21. #
    Lady Jennie — October 23, 2012 @ 5:11 am

    I’ve been looking for a recipe like this. I’m going to pin it. :-)


  22. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — October 23, 2012 @ 5:49 am

    I am totally making these for my kids!


  23. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — October 23, 2012 @ 6:27 am

    You are hilarious with all these Halloween recipes–I love it!


  24. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — October 23, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    These sound incredible! Love the sauce!


  25. #
    Angie — October 23, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    Yummy! Wings are my favorite!


  26. #
    vianney — October 23, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    loved baked chickena nd the sauce, super addicting!! love the spooky kitty~~


  27. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 23, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    I love “lost dog legs”! It is weird that that title makes these even more scrumptious? :)


  28. #
    Mary @ mary mary quite contrary — October 23, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    What’s not to love here ??!!? Love how the sauce is separate, gives an option to tweak heat before final baking ! Bring on Halloween !


  29. #
    Delishhh — October 23, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    Just delicious!! That cat looks so creepy in the back!


  30. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — October 23, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    I just drooled all over my keyboard — they look delicious!


  31. #
    Ally — October 23, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    Wow! I just found you through Mary Mary Quite Contrary on FB…love your style and work! Great to meet you, and these are some bad bones!! xo Ally


  32. #
    Russell van Kraayenburg — October 23, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

    Ooh these drumsticks look fantastic! I just ate dinner and I’m suddenly hungry again!


  33. #
    carolinaheartstrings — October 23, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    Delicious. My mouth is watering looking at the picture.


  34. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — October 24, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    I can’t wait to try these. Your photos make me want to grab an amputee appendage. I mean, er, drumstick.


  35. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — October 24, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    These looks too good for a baked version! Must try soon!!


  36. #
    Joy — October 25, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    The chicken recipe is great.


  37. #
    The Squishy Monster — October 28, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    How wonderful to see my favorite condiment, Sriracha be featured. These most definitely look addictive and I love your ferocious cat! =)


  38. #
    Kathy — November 2, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    I was a hero in my house tonight. These were delicious and will be going on my crowd pleaser short list! I followed the recipe exactly and they were perfect.


  39. #
    Megan — November 6, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    These were really good! I’d suggest seasoning the chicken before coating them. I made with fried rice and I wish we had leftovers because I want some today!!!


  40. #
    Jessica — January 9, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Yum! These were amazing. Thank you!!


  41. #
    Angela — March 8, 2013 @ 3:31 am

    Made these tonight, they were a big hit with my roommates! Lots of “omg you should open a restaurant already”, LOL. I like using potato starch over corn starch in flour coatings because the texture is airier and lighter, and I didn’t have any rice vinegar on hand so I used balsamic vinegar instead. This is my new favorite recipe for drumsticks, thank you for sharing!


  42. #
    Michelle's Finance Journal — April 1, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

    I just tried this and it’s really good~ I didn’t have pineapple juice so just used orange juice and added a little balsamic vinegar. Thanks~


  43. #
    Kelly — April 7, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    Have made these twice now — they are THAT GOOD!

    Made two modifications due to missing ingredients in the house: substituted OJ for pineapple juice the first time around and 2c pineapple juice, 1 1/2c OJ the 2nd time around. Also, reduced the hot chili sauce by 1/2 (used about 2-3T) and added 1/4 cup of sweet chili sauce instead to the mixture (because of little children who can’t handle really spicy hot dishes). This gave it enough zing for the adults but ensured the kids ate it, too.

    Served with jasmine rice, broccoli and a salad — it was AWESOME! :)


  44. #
    Nancy Long — October 22, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    Oh wow this look good! Only a few drumsticks in the freezer, but think I’ll also add some thighs. Great for dinner or party food.


  45. #
    Ellen — November 20, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

    I made these for dinner tonight to the letter. They were a HUGE hit! Thank you! This was my first attempt at making chicken legs at all and this recipe will definitely be a staple in our kitchen in the future!


    • Sommer — November 21st, 2013 @ 7:50 am

      So glad you liked it Ellen! :)


  46. #
    Laura Y — December 22, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

    I tried this recipe once and it was amazing! So I tried it again… this time with more Siracha sauce. OMG. So good! Then I made it again… and my husband and I love this recipe. Thanks!


  47. #
    mary — April 15, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

    I was wondering if you might of messed up , by telling us to put the corn starch with the flour and not in the sauce … my sauce was all runny and did not stick to the chicken ????


    • Sommer — April 16th, 2014 @ 5:57 am

      Hey Mary, I’ve made these many times and this is how I always make them. I wonder, did you cover your chicken with foil? I’ve noticed people tend to do that and it steams the chicken making it hard for the glaze to stick. This is a no-cover recipe.


  48. #
    Woody — July 23, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

    Loved this recipe I did not have pineapple juice or soy sauce so I used orange juice and worcestershire sauce instead. Did not cover my pan with foil I just sprayed it with pan spray and once they were brown I transfered them and covered with the sauce and letvit reduce until sticky.


  49. #
    Athena — November 4, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

    Just tried this recipe and it was AMAZING!!! The flour/cornflour/salt coating really is the trick to making this chicken delicious to the bone. Pro-tip: I brined my chicken for two hours in salty water and I think it just added to the juiciness. Anyways, this one has definitely made to my recipe box. Thanks!!!



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