Sticky Orange Chicken Drumsticks

I made these on Saturday and they were finger lickin’ good. We wanted to have an early dinner because we were going to ride the Staten Island Ferry for fun (bucket list!). We ate this with some fresh corn and it tasted like a great summer meal (pun intended).

drumsticks

 

Ingredients

-8-9 chicken drumsticks. I kept the skins on but that is up to you.

-1 fresh orange and about 1/2 cup of regular orange juice

-honey

-butter

-salt and pepper

 

In a small bowl mix the following together: fresh squeezed juice of half the orange, less than a 1/2 cup of regular orange juice and about a cup of honey. You will need to stir for a minute or two to truly mix this. If possible, soak the drumsticks in this mixture ahead of time. If you don’t have time or didn’t plan ahead of time then just skip the soak (I skipped it).

Salt and pepper your drumsticks. In a large skillet with butter, brown your drumsticks. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a large foiled pan and spray with cooking spray. Slice the remaining orange half. You can either place these slices on your foiled pan or save them to adorn your plates.

Take each browned drumstick and dip/roll it in the honey and orange mixture. Place on the foiled pan (I used an unfoiled pan and let me tell you that was NOT fun cleaning). Pour any remaining mixture over the drumsticks. Bake at least 30 minutes, until a meat thermometer says 165 degrees or when you poke a drumstick with a fork the juices run clear. Turn the drumsticks at about the 15 minute mark. I turned mine at least twice. I probably cooked mine for about 40 minutes before taking them out because I’m deathly afraid of undercooked chicken. I thought it was perfect. Most recipes I saw said 25 to 30 minutes but for whatever reason mine needed longer. Sorry I don’t have more pics but they went pretty fast. I looked at lots of different recipes and some were more complicated (taking the drumsticks out several times and cooking them on the skillet and then returning them to the oven??) or had fancier ingredients. Some recipes called for soy sauce but I decided to stick with honey because I wanted the drumsticks sticky!

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