How to Make the Best Sweet and Spicy Chicken Drumsticks

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks

  • 400 grams of chicken drumsticks
  • 4 tablespoons of ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Step 1. Heat olive oil in a pan and add the chicken drumsticks

Take olive oil, drumsticks in a pan and sprinkle salt to make sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks
Cook the chicken drumsticks in a pan till golden brown
  • Take out your cooking pan, heat it up, pour in olive oil, and then add chicken drumsticks. Season the drumsticks with a light sprinkling of salt.

Step 2. Sear the drumsticks on one side till they turn brown and then cook the other side as well

Sear the chicken on both sides to make sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks
Turn over to cook the other side as well
  • Leave the drumsticks on one side for a couple of minutes so they are browned, then turn over them to cook on the other side.
  • Then occasionally stir them so that they do not burn and after 20 minutes, the meat should be cooked.

Step 3. Assemble the sweet and spicy sauce

Combine ketchup, soy, chili and honey to make sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks
Combine the ingredients for sauce
  • While the chicken drumsticks are cooking in the pan, prepare the sweet and spicy sauce by combining 1 tablespoon of soy sauce with 4 tablespoons of ketchup in a mixing bowl.
  • Next, add a pinch of chili powder, followed by 2 tablespoons of honey.
  • Mix well to get a uniform sauce.

Step 4. Add the sweet and spicy sauce to the chicken

Once the drumsticks are cooked, add in the sauce to make sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks
Pour the sauce over chicken and cook on low for a few minutes

When the chicken drumsticks are cooked, pour the sweet and spicy sauce over them and cook on low heat for a couple minutes so it thickens and coats the drumsticks

Serve hot with your favorite salad and side dish or cold as a snack during a party or event.

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  • The sauce thickens when it gets cold.
  • Taste your chili powder before cooking so you know how much to add as per your preference. However, keep in mind that the hot sauce will be a bit spicier than the cold one.
  • If you are not sure, when the meat is cooked, take one drumstick and cut it alongside the bone. If the meat comes off the bone easily, it is done.

FabHow Tips

  • While this recipe is highly useful for preparing instant sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks, you can also marinate the drumsticks in advance to get more flavor in the meat itself.
  • For marinating 400 grams of chicken drumsticks; take the drumsticks in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle some salt and black pepper powder for basic seasoning. Then squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and add ½ a cup of buttermilk as well. Mix thoroughly; use your hands to ensure that the drumsticks are evenly coated. For best results, marinate them overnight.
  • If you really like spicy food, you can also add a few drops of Worcestershire sauce to the sweet and spicy sauce for added heat.
  • Instead of pan-searing, you can also roast your chicken drumsticks; just marinate the drumsticks overnight and then dip them in a mixture of rice and corn flour. Preheat the oven to 450°F and roast the chicken, turning it frequently till the skin becomes brown and crisp. Then remove the drumsticks from the oven and let them cool down a bit. In fact, you can also do this 1 day before the party and then refrigerate the drumsticks. For the final cook before serving, just coat the drumsticks with a thick layer of the sweet and spicy sauce and roast them in the oven for 8 to 9 minutes or till the drumsticks turn crisp. Keep turning them over for uniform cooking. Your crisp sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks are ready to be served.
  • You can also adapt this recipe for cooking sweet and spicy ribs or chicken wings; just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
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  • Or you can find out how to make your own barbecue sauce or mustard sauce at home.