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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!

Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Yield: 20 drumsticks

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes


  • 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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64 Responses to “Sweet and Spicy Drumsticks”

  1. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted October 22, 2012 at 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)posted October 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

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


  3. Robyn | Add a Pinchposted October 22, 2012 at 7:32 am

    That sauce! Oh my!


  4. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted October 22, 2012 at 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)posted October 22, 2012 at 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. Kristenposted October 22, 2012 at 9:34 am

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


  7. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted October 22, 2012 at 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)posted October 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

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


  9. Paula - bell'alimentoposted October 22, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I’m picking up chicken legs stat!


  10. Cassieposted October 22, 2012 at 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. Aggieposted October 22, 2012 at 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. Jeanetteposted October 22, 2012 at 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 Ramblingsposted October 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    love the alternative names!!


  14. Colette @ JFF!posted October 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Love the theme, esp the Halloween kitty!


  15. Carolynposted October 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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


  16. marilyn schonemanposted October 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm

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


  17. Juliaposted October 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm

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


  18. Heidi @foodiecrushposted October 22, 2012 at 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 Kitchenposted October 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Ooh, sticky, sweet and spicy YUM!


  20. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted October 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

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


  21. Lady Jennieposted October 23, 2012 at 5:11 am

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


  22. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted October 23, 2012 at 5:49 am

    I am totally making these for my kids!


  23. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted October 23, 2012 at 6:27 am

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


  24. Jessica@AKitchenAddictionposted October 23, 2012 at 7:04 am

    These sound incredible! Love the sauce!


  25. Angieposted October 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Yummy! Wings are my favorite!


  26. vianneyposted October 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm

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


  27. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted October 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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


  28. Mary @ mary mary quite contraryposted October 23, 2012 at 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. Delishhhposted October 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm

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


  30. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted October 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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


  31. Allyposted October 23, 2012 at 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 Kraayenburgposted October 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

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


  33. carolinaheartstringsposted October 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Delicious. My mouth is watering looking at the picture.


  34. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted October 24, 2012 at 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.composted October 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm

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


  36. Joyposted October 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

    The chicken recipe is great.


  37. The Squishy Monsterposted October 28, 2012 at 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. Kathyposted November 2, 2012 at 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. Meganposted November 6, 2012 at 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. Jessicaposted January 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Yum! These were amazing. Thank you!!


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  42. Angelaposted March 8, 2013 at 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!


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  44. Michelle's Finance Journalposted April 1, 2013 at 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~


  45. Kellyposted April 7, 2013 at 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! :)


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  53. Nancy Longposted October 22, 2013 at 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.


  54. Ellenposted November 20, 2013 at 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! :)


  55. Laura Yposted December 22, 2013 at 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!


  56. maryposted April 15, 2014 at 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.


  57. Woodyposted July 23, 2014 at 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.


  58. Athenaposted November 4, 2014 at 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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  61. plasterers bristolposted October 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Looks and sounds delicious. Love spicy chicken. Thanks for sharing.



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