Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks

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Today I bring you a savoury, dinner recipe. I figured that I can’t be serving you dessert every day, so I better sneak something healthy and acceptable to eat for dinner into the blog. Not that you can’t eat pumpkin pancakes for dinner, because I definitely did!

IMG_0783This recipe has been in my rotation for the past year or so, and it is really good. Giada has never steered me wrong! Are you obsessed with The Food Network? I am. I probably wouldn’t even realize if that was the only channel that we got. Sometimes we go the whole day without changing the channel. It’s educational..right? It’s just like school!

Usually we stick to chicken breasts, but once in a while I like to switch it up and buy some chicken drumsticks. They are super cheap, and I can usually get a big pack of 10 for around $5.00, and compared to the price of chicken breasts, this is a welcome change of pace! IMG_0788

I served this with steamed broccoli and rice, and it was a very fulfilling Sunday night dinner. For an after dinner treat we had something special which will be showing up on the blog very soon (hint: it will continue the pumpkin lovefest).

Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks

Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chopped garlic (or 2-3 cloves, chopped)
  • 5-6 chicken drumsticks

Combine balsamic vinegar, honey, brown sugar, garlic, and soy sauce in a small bowl or large ziploc bag. Mix until brown sugar is dissolved. Add chicken drumsticks and coat with sauce. Place in fridge for 2 hours (I have reduced the marinating time to 20-30mins when I’m in a hurry, and they’re still delicious!)

When ready to prepare, preheat oven to 400degrees. Place drumsticks on a rack on a foil lined baking sheet (if you don’t have a rack, just place them directly on the foil).  Reserve leftover marinade in a small saucepan.

IMG_0796Bake drumsticks in preheated oven for 30-35 mins. Turn drumsticks once halfway through, and brush with reserved sauce. Turn oven to broil for last 5 minutes to brown skin.

While drumsticks are cooking, bring reserved marinade to a boil in saucepan. Once boiling, turn heat down to low and simmer for 15-20 mins. (This will kill all bacteria from the raw chicken).

Brush drumsticks with reserved marinade before serving.

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