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When I first saw a  photo of this chicken by The Novice Chef, I was amazed by how appealing it looked. I am not normally a drumstick fan. They are gristly and too hard to eat. Though her photos are way better than mine, I was pleased with the results. I can imagine that most small children and adults with discerning tastes will appreciate this recipe.

Sweet and Sticky Baked Drumsticks (thanks to the Novice Chef!!)

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 6 chicken drumsticks, about 1.25 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • a few pinches chopped fresh parsley

In a medium bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and cracked black pepper. Pour into a large ziplock bag and add chicken drumsticks. Shake to coat chicken and refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight, giving the bag a shake whenever you think about it.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a Cooling Rack on top.

Remove the chicken from the bag, reserving the marinade, and place the drumsticks on the rack. Bake the drumsticks, on the middle oven rack, for 25 minutes.

While the chicken is baking, place the leftover marinade in a small saucepan. Bring the marinade to a boil, then reduce the heat to a slow simmer. Cook over low heat, stirring as needed, for about 15 minutes or until thickened.

Remove drumsticks from oven (after first 25 minutes of cooking) and heavily coat with the thickened marinade, using a silicone pastry brush. Return to the oven and cook for 10 more minutes. Coat the drumsticks again and return to oven to cook for 5 more minutes, or until an internal temperate of 160°F is reached.

Coat the drumsticks one last time, with any remaining sauce, and sprinkle with sesame seeds and parsley. Serve immediately.

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