Sticky, Spicy Drumsticks

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These are reminiscent of sweet and sour chicken, but with a spicy kick. Use less hot sauce if you’re feeding kids; more if you like to live dangerously. These do the trick when I’m craving a big sticky basketful of chicken wings. Cook them under the broiler or throw them on the grill for a smokier flavour.


8 chicken drumsticks, skinned and trimmed of any fat
1/2 cup (125 mL) ketchup
1/4 cup (60 mL) honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup (60 mL) red wine or balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp (30 mL) brown sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) soy sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) Tabasco or other hot sauce
2-3 garlic cloves, crushed


Combine everything but the drumsticks in a medium bowl. Add the drumsticks and stir to coat.Grill or broil the drumsticks, brushing with marinade, for about 20 minutes or until cooked through. If there is extra marinade, bring it to a boil in a small pot and simmer for a minute, until thoroughly cooked. Serve with the drumsticks for dipping.

Makes 8 drumsticks.


144 calories, 2.2 g total fat (0.6 g saturated fat, 0.7 g monounsaturated fat, 0.6 g polyunsaturated fat), 13.3 g protein, 18.6 g carbohydrate, 47.7 mg cholesterol, 0.3 g fiber. 13% calories from fat.

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