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Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks | Easy Chicken Recipes

I’m always looking for new easy chicken recipes that are easy to cook for 2.  Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks was another recipe that my friend, Carol, tested out first. I got to be her guinea pig while I was in Atlanta. I loved it and decided to make this for my April recipe in my 13 in 2013.

Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks | Easy Chicken Recipes.Pin
Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks | Easy Chicken Recipes.Pin
Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks | Easy Chicken Recipes (adapted from everyday italian)


  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary or 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 3 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley or 1/8 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Combine the balsamic vinegar, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, rosemary, and garlic cloves in a large, re-sealable plastic bag.
  2. Shake the contents of the bag until the honey and brown sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the chicken drumsticks to the bag, and seal with as little air as possible. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  5. Place the chicken drumsticks on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake until the skin is caramelized and very dark in spots. About 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, place the marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a boil to kill bacteria.
  8. Reduce the heat and simmer until marinade thickens.
  9. When the chicken is fully cooked, brush some of the cooked marinade on the chicken with a pastry brush.
  10. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and the chopped parsley. Serve!


  • Apparently 1 teaspoon of dried equals 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs, but since I like my food extra flavorful, I just halved the measurements from fresh herbs to dried herbs.
  • I mixed the marinade in a large bowl and kept mixing the sauce into the chicken.  I don’t particularly like shaking and baking, so sometimes I can be stubborn about doing things the hard way.

What’s your favorite chicken recipe?  If you have any easy chicken recipes, please share! :)

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