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 drumsticks
Nutrition Facts
Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 drumstick)
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 725mg 30%
Potassium 475mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 14g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 1.9%
Vitamin C 12.6%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 10.6%
* 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 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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  24. Kellyposted April 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm Reply

    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! :)

  25. Michelle's Finance Journalposted April 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm Reply

    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~

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  27. Angelaposted March 8, 2013 at 3:31 am Reply

    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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  29. Jessicaposted January 9, 2013 at 11:31 am Reply

    Yum! These were amazing. Thank you!!

  30. Meganposted November 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm Reply

    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!!!

  31. Kathyposted November 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm Reply

    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.

  32. The Squishy Monsterposted October 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm Reply

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

  33. Joyposted October 25, 2012 at 9:16 am Reply

    The chicken recipe is great.

  34. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted October 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm Reply

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

  35. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted October 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm Reply

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

  36. Allyposted October 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm Reply

    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

  37. carolinaheartstringsposted October 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm Reply

    Delicious. My mouth is watering looking at the picture.

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

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

  39. Delishhhposted October 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm Reply

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

  40. Russell van Kraayenburgposted October 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm Reply

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

  41. Mary @ mary mary quite contraryposted October 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm Reply

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

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

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

  43. vianneyposted October 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm Reply

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

  44. Angieposted October 23, 2012 at 11:55 am Reply

    Yummy! Wings are my favorite!

  45. [email protected]posted October 23, 2012 at 7:04 am Reply

    These sound incredible! Love the sauce!

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

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

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

    I am totally making these for my kids!

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

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

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

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

  50. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted October 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm Reply

    Ooh, sticky, sweet and spicy YUM!

  51. Heidi @foodiecrushposted October 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm Reply

    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.

  52. Juliaposted October 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm Reply

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

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

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

  54. Carolynposted October 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm Reply

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

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

    Love the theme, esp the Halloween kitty!

  56. Elizabeth @Food Ramblingsposted October 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm Reply

    love the alternative names!!

  57. Jeanetteposted October 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm Reply

    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 ;).

  58. Aggieposted October 22, 2012 at 11:29 am Reply

    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!

  59. Cassieposted October 22, 2012 at 11:04 am Reply

    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!

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

    I’m picking up chicken legs stat!

  61. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted October 22, 2012 at 9:55 am Reply

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

  62. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted October 22, 2012 at 9:46 am Reply

    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!

  63. Kristenposted October 22, 2012 at 9:34 am Reply

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

  64. Christine (Cook the Story)posted October 22, 2012 at 8:18 am Reply

    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!

  65. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted October 22, 2012 at 8:11 am Reply

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

    • Sommerposted October 22, 2012 at 9:32 am Reply

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

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

    That sauce! Oh my!

  67. shelly (cookies and cups)posted October 22, 2012 at 6:59 am Reply

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

  68. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted October 22, 2012 at 6:54 am Reply

    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 ;-)