Baked Chicken Drumstick Recipe

This Baked Chicken Drumstick Recipe is a sweet and spicy one! Sticky and addictive, these baked drumsticks are perfect for parties and mid-week meals!

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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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Chicken Drumsticks

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 Recipe, 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 Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe, but trust me, you’ve got to try it.

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Drumstick Recipes

These Sweet and Spicy 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!

This Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe is loaded with zesty Asian flavor and a kick of fiery heat.

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Other chicken recipes you might like:

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See the recipe card below for how to make sweet and spicy Baked Chicken Drumsticks. Enjoy!

Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe
5 from 9 votes

Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr

This Baked Chicken Drumstick Recipe is a sweet and spicy one! Sticky and addictive, these baked drumsticks are perfect for parties and mid-week meals!

Servings: 20 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 673mg 28%
Potassium 254mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 14g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 7.9%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 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 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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71 comments on “Baked Chicken Drumstick Recipe

  1. Kathleen Seitzposted November 1, 2018 at 1:58 pm Reply

    Anxious to try this as it sounds awesome. We have chicken drumsticks at least once or twice a week and other chicken meals besides. I fix them in the pressure oven and OMG to die for. Like you say they are such a cheap meal and we found the ones at Sams Club are so huge and try to buy them there. Usually pick up 3-4 packs and skin and divide up and vacuum seal and freeze them so always have on hand. Sometimes it is good to get a new idea and this sounds like a real keeper, thanks and to all the great comments

  2. Juliaposted October 31, 2017 at 5:18 am Reply

    I used to cook with drumsticks a lot but never ever my baked drumsticks looked so mouth-watering! Saving this recipe! :)

  3. gerri s cookposted October 29, 2017 at 10:57 am Reply

    FYI The femur is in the thigh so how about Tantalizing Tibias or fiery fibulas ? I have the same dark side love the names if not the anatomy

  4. Judi Fotherbyposted October 29, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply

    Looks delicious! the only thing is, my husband cannot handle anything hot, so is it alright if I leave out the heat in this recipe?

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  7. IGU Meerpurposted October 17, 2016 at 2:08 am Reply

    Ok those look amazing!

  8. plasterers bristolposted October 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm Reply

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


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  11. Athenaposted November 4, 2014 at 5:18 pm Reply

    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!!!

  12. Woodyposted July 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm Reply

    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.

  13. maryposted April 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm Reply

    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 ????

    • Sommerposted April 16, 2014 at 5:57 am Reply

      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.

  14. Laura Yposted December 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm Reply

    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!

  15. Ellenposted November 20, 2013 at 10:25 pm Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted November 21, 2013 at 7:50 am Reply

      So glad you liked it Ellen! :)

  16. Nancy Longposted October 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm Reply

    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.

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