Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks
These sticky drumsticks have oriental inspired flavours and can be served as a main meal or a snack.
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These Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks are so simple to make, and really pack a Chinese inspired punch.
The honey in this recipe gives the drumsticks a lovely sticky glaze, something usually reserved for high calorie versions of this recipe, which you can now have guilt free at home. The Sticky Sesame marinade is really quick and versatile, and it only takes 10 minutes to whip together. Why not try it with other proteins?
This dish makes 12 delicious drumsticks, so this recipe is perfect for feeding the family when you’re pressed for time. You can even freeze the leftovers!
What diets are these Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks suitable for?
These Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks are suitable for dairy free diets.
They can also be made suitable for gluten free diets as long as you use gluten free versions of the following ingredients;
- Dark soy sauce
Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks?
Nope! This recipe is super simple to make and you can find all of the ingredients in your local supermarket.
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You’ll need a shallow ovenproof dish for these Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks, which you can pick up on Amazon.
A small, sharp knife like this one is really handy for recipes that involve cutting chicken.
How many calories are in these Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks?
There are 92 calories per drumstick in these Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks, which means they fall into our Everyday Light category.
This Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
Preheat oven to 190º.
In a small bowl, mix together the honey, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, tomato puree, garlic, ginger and 4 of the spring onions, reserving one chopped spring onion for garnish.
Using a small sharp knife, cut 3 diagonal slits into each drumstick and place in a shallow ovenproof dish.
Pour the marinade over and place into a preheated oven, uncovered, for 35-45 minutes, turning once halfway through. Cook until the marinade has reduced and the chicken is thoroughly cooked through
Sprinkle the remaining spring onion and sesame seeds over the drumsticks to serve.
What could I serve with these Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks?
We like serving these Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks with lots of fluffy rice or a side salad. They would also work really well when served with any of the following:
How do you know when these Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks are cooked?
You should bake this dish for around 35-45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the marinade is reduced.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze these Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat these Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks?
From chilled: Cover and reheat in the oven at 190º for 35 – 45 minutes or until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost in the fridge, and then cover and reheat in the oven at 190º for 35 – 45 minutes or until piping hot.
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Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks
These sticky drumsticks are full of oriental inspired flavours and can be served as a main meal or a snack.
- KCals 92
- Carbs 4.3G
- Preheat oven to 190º.
- In a small bowl mix together the honey, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, tomato puree, garlic, ginger and 4 of the spring onions, reserving one chopped spring onion for garnish.
- Using a small sharp knife, cut 3 diagonal slits into each drumstick and place in a shallow ovenproof dish.
- Pour the marinade over and place into a preheated oven, uncovered, for 35-45 minutes, turning once halfway through. Cook until the marinade has reduced and the chicken is thoroughly cooked through.
- Sprinkle the remaining spring onion and sesame seeds over the drumsticks and serve.
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Delia JefferiesFriday 10th February 2023
What can I serve the drumsticks with?
SharonMonday 13th February 2023
Hi Delia, we would suggest serving Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks with basmati rice or any of these suggestions: Yeung Chow Fried Rice, Fakeaway Fried Rice or Salt and Pepper Chips. If you wanted to serve them alongside other Chinese-style dishes we have an article here that may help: Our Favourite Recipes for a Chinese-inspired Fakeaway Night
SharonThursday 6th October 2022
Can you do these I the air fryer
HollyTuesday 11th October 2022
Hey Sharon, we haven’t tested this recipe in an air-fryer but it should work fine! We have a handy conversion guide HERE which gives temperature and timing conversions to help
TraceyMonday 7th June 2021
If you were using two chicken breasts would you use the same amount of the marinade in the recipie
HollyMonday 7th June 2021
Hey Tracey, yes that should be plenty of marinade for 2 chicken breasts. Ensure the chicken breast is cooked through and no pinkness remains and adjust the calories accordingly hope that helps!
LindsaySunday 6th June 2021
Can these be cooked on the BBQ.
HollyMonday 7th June 2021
Hi Lindsay, we haven’t tested this recipe on a BBQ but it will work fine just ensure the chicken drumsticks are cooked through and no pinkness remains. Hope that helps!
Mo ReeneFriday 9th April 2021
Hi I do not like meat on the bone, can I use chicken breast?
HollyFriday 9th April 2021
Hey Mo, yes you could use this marinade on chicken breasts and alter the calories accordingly. Just be sure to check they are cooked through and no pinkness remains. Hope that helps!
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