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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.

Will Chicken Go Bad in the Freezer?

Frozen chicken (and all frozen foods) are safe to eat indefinitely, but will lose taste and flavor the longer it is stored.

If you don’t seal the food carefully, freezer burn can occur, which dries out the exposed meat — though it’s still safe to eat.

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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.

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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.

Is Marmalade Jam?

No, they are different.

Jam is made from whole or cut up pieces of fruit with sugar.

Marmalade is preserves made with citrus—using the whole fruit, along with the rind.

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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

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Sticky Orange Chicken Drumsticks

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
These Sticky Orange Chicken Drumsticks are savory, yummy, and the best drumsticks you will ever taste!


  • 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
  • Salt
  • 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 Sugar
  • 8 Cups 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 lemon 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.


Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Facts
Sticky Orange Chicken Drumsticks
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 1445 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 176mg8%
Potassium 344mg10%
Carbohydrates 333g111%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 327g363%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 124IU2%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • I am cooking this right now. Not quite enough marmalade but I am using some apricot preserves to make up difference.Hope it turns out okay.

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    • I bet it will be amazing!! Let us know how it goes!

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  • Maybe I’m missing it, but I don’t see an oven temp for the chicken. I guessed 350 and I hope I’m right! Otherwise I’m going to have a very interesting dinner.

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    • Oh! I must have deleted it when I added a line into the recipe. It’s 400 and corrected now. Thank you for the heads up!

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  • My mom made us say ‘piff’. She was a lady to the hilt and insisted that ‘piff’ was a more ladylike word. haha this is great story! And I can’t wait to try this chicken too 🙂

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    • LOL! A piff is quite a lovely word in comparison. 😉

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  • These look delicious, I think I’ll try them next week. And, for what it’s worth, my daughter (4.5) calls them “chicken bones”. 🙂

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    • Chicken bones!! lol!

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      • I accelerated the menu. “Chicken bones” are thawing for marinade tonight, can’t wait to try them. (Am using an orange carrot marmalade, hope it works out!)

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