Sticky chicken drumsticks


Sticky chicken drumsticks from the Hairy Dieters are a fab weekend lunch dish and ridiculously cheap to make at a cost of about 60p per serving! My only slight bone of contention (excuse the pun) is that I don’t believe this meal is particularly ‘fast’ to make, as per the Hairy Dieters’ billing in their ‘Fast Food‘ book that most of the recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less. I’m not exactly lightening quick in the kitchen though so perhaps so you can rustle this up in no time.

If this recipe appeals to you, then check out my previous blog on fusion tandoori chicken drumsticks (also from the Hairy Dieters), which is equally as tasty and less ‘faffy’ to make as once the drumsticks have finished marinating you can simply bang them in the oven.Recipe: Sticky chicken drumsticks

Calories: 223 calories per serving

Serves: 4

Book: Hairy Dieters – Fast Food

Prep time: Approx 20 mins

Cooking time: Approx 30 mins


  • 8 chicken drumsticks (skinned)


  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp apricot jam
  • 1 large garlic clove (crushed)
  • 5g fresh root ginger (grated)
  • 1 red chilli (deseeded and very finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice
  • Flaked sea salt
  • Ground black pepper

Cost per portion: Approx *£0.80 *cost based on Tesco prices – December 2022

Method: Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C / fan 160 degrees C / Gas 4. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.

Using a sharp knife, slash the drumsticks through to the bone at intervals and put them on the baking tray. Bake them in the oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix all the glaze ingredients together and season the mixture with salt and pepper. Remove the chicken drumsticks from the oven and brush them with half the glaze. Turn the oven up to 220 degrees C / Fan 200 degrees C / Gas 7 and bake the chicken for another 5 minutes.

Take the chicken out of the oven again and brush over the rest of the glaze, then cook for another 5 minutes. The chicken should be dark and sticky and completely cooked through.


5 thoughts on “Sticky chicken drumsticks

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s