Sticky Orange Chicken Drumsticks

Sticky orange chicken drumsticks

Drummies? Drumsticks? Drumlets? What do you call these? I grew up calling them drumsticks but I feel like no one says that anymore. That is besides the point though, listen this is one of those recipes that I’m so blasted excited to share with you all and I’m just crossing my fingers that it’s received well. Sometimes, read all the time, anything that isn’t gooey, cheesy or chocolate doesn’t get as much love as the other stuff. It’s sad but it’s true. I’m begging you all to pin the heck out of this one because not only are the sticky orange chicken drumsticks going to be your new favorite but you can actually use any cut of chicken you want.

sticky orange chicken drumsticks

That’s right friends, this would be an awesome glaze on grilled chicken, chicken wings, chicken thighs, chicken breasts or heck, roast up a whole bird and slather this glaze on it the last few minutes.

But who cares about chicken, let’s talk about something I’ve never mentioned on the site before, gas. Someone might even leave me a nasty comment for bringing it up but I don’t care. Last week I ran to the grocery store after running carpool and our 5 year old had to use the bathroom. (Oh gosh, one day she will just die that I blogged about this) I took her and we continued shopping but as we were walking I could see it in her face that she still had to go. We quickly made our way to the checkout where she continued to pass gas.

sticky orange chicken drummies

As a kid we weren’t allowed to say “toot” or “fart” instead, and I’m dying laughing just to think about it, we called it a “woofer”. Yup. Classy. I have no clue where the word came from. Anyway, the kid is ripping them and she’s clearly aware of it and a little embarrassed, but we are stuck in between people and the next to check out. I. Was. Dying. It’s like going to the bathroom with a toddler who has to ask “Are you going poop, Mom?” even if you totally aren’t. I could just feel everyone wondering if I was a tad plugged up.

It’s not me, it’s her!!! I wanted to yell it through the aisles and yet I didn’t want to embarrass her more, so I just kept smiling and bouncing the baby in our Solly Wrap. That shopping trip literally stunk.

sticky orange chicken drumsticks!

You’re welcome. Now back to the food. The sauce uses blood orange marmalade, but feel free to use regular orange marmalade. The key is to marinade, bake until almost done and then begin the glaze process. I wont type your eyeballs off so I’ll stop gabbing now. And yes, I’m sure we were the only ones with a weird name for gas, now you know my secret.

Sticky Orange Chicken Drumsticks


8 Chicken Drumsticks
1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Orange Marmalade (We used Homemade Blood Orange Marmalade, recipe below)
Black Pepper
Sesame seeds for garnish
Green Onions, sliced for garnish

For the Glaze

1 Cup Orange Marmalade
1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Mustard
1 Clove Garlic, minced

For the Orange Marmalade

5 Oranges or Blood Oranges
1 Lemon
8 Cups of Sugar
8 Cups of Water


For the Orange Marmalade

Using a paring knife or large zest tool, remove strips of two orange peels and place in a large stock pot. Repeat for the lemon. Cut each fruit in half and squeeze out the juices, removing any seeds into a mesh strainer over the pot. Add the juiced fruit peels into the pot as well. Add the water and lower the heat to a simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the large orange halves and lemmon halves, leave any strips of the peel in the mixture. Add the sugar and bring back to a boil until the temperature reaches 220 degrees. Allow to cool over night before placing in jars. Marmalade with be thick and stick.

For the marinade

Place the ingredients in a large ziploc and squish the bag to mix well. Allow to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to all day. The longer the better.

To Cook

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with foil and place a cooling rack on top. Place the drumsticks on it, discarding the marinade. Sprinkle with a little pepper and a pinch of salt. Bake for 45 minutes, remove from the oven and baste with half the glaze. Bake an additional 15 minutes and baste again and garnish before serving.

For the Glaze

In a saucepan over medium heat, add the ingredients and bring to a boil then simmer until reduced by 1/3. Remove from heat.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 576 Calories
  • Total Fat: 16.5g
  • Cholesterol: 163.1mg
  • Carbohydrates: 76g
  • Fiber: 3.2g
  • Sugar: 67.3g
  • Protein: 33.5g
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 I'm begging you all to pin the heck out of this one because not only are the sticky orange chicken drumsticks going to be your new favorite but you can actually use any cut of chicken you want.


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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.