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Honey balsamic chicken drumsticks

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Source: Adapted and modified from You Can Cook (for kids) by Annabel Karmel

Ingredients:balsamic vinegar, honey balsamic chicken drumsticks, food for toddlers, drumnettes
6 chicken drumsticks (about 70g each) – note 1
Dash of freshly ground black pepper

For the marinade:
2 tsp balsamic vinegar – refer to photo
4 tbsp light soy sauce – note 2
4 tbsp honey – note 3
1 tsp garlic (crushed)
1 tsp grated ginger


  1. Put the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and honey in a bowl.
  2. Remove the papery skin from a clove of garlic and put it in a garlic crusher. Squeeze the garlic into the bowl. (note 4)
  3. Peel a piece of root ginger and grate it on a fine grater. It’s easier if you freeze the ginger first. Take care not to scrape your fingers on the blade.
  4. Combine all the ingredients and set aside.
  5. Slash the drumsticks with a sharp knife and season with freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Put the drumsticks in an ovenproof dish, then pour over the marinade in step 4 so it coats the chicken.
  7. Cover the dish with cling wrap and put the marinated chicken in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven for 200°C. Bake the drumsticks in the marinade for 40-45 minutes or until cooked through, turning (with a pair of tongs) and basting (note 6) the drumsticks every 10 minutes or so.


  1. You can use up to 8 chicken drumsticks for this recipe.
  2. I used Lee Kum Kee premium soya sauce which is less salty. If you find that your soya sauce is salty, cut down to 3-3½ tbsp.
  3. I use no water added honey.
  4. I do not have a garlic crusher. My cheater’s method is to use a knife/ chopper to smash garlic until flatten and mince it.
  5. If you are short of bowls, try marinating the chicken in a small plastic food bag.
  6. Basting is a technique of brushing, spooning or pouring liquids over food, usually meat and poultry, as it cooks. It will keep the food moist, add colour and flavour of the food you are cooking. You can do basting with any tool you may have in your kitchen ranging from a simple spoon to a baster. (Source: TLC and Wikibook)
  7. To save the thicken marinade,  add a bit of water into the ovenproof dish to dilute the sauce. Simmer the sauce slightly to thicken it again. Then drain and pour over a bowl. You can drizzle it over the chicken drumsticks or serve with other side dish/pasta dish.
  8. The cooking time varies depending on the size of your drumsticks.

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  1. Aw, the drumsticks look so moist and delish! Wish I could have one. 🙂
    Merry Christmas

  2. gertrude says:

    The chicken drumstick looks great. Balsamic vinegar is great for marinate and I used it often to marinate meat too. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  3. Joanne says:

    Mmm I think honey and balsamic make a stellar flavor combination. A little sweet…a little tangy…they hit every taste bud!

  4. ladyhomechef says:

    This drumstick looks yummy! I am thinking of roasting a whole chicken for Xmas, seeing this, I think its a good idea to add another dish on the table.

    Merry Christmas to you too!

  5. tigerfish says:

    Sounds very do-able! Super delicious! Kids’and adults’ favorite!

  6. Ching @ LCOM says:

    Yummy! Looks so good. Merry X’mas!!

  7. peachkins says:

    That is so mouthwatering! Merry Christmas!

  8. KY says:

    Wow, the chicken drumsticks look so juicy

  9. iamthewitch says:

    Wow how did you make them to look so shiny and appetizing?? They’re gorgeous and I would like a piece please! 🙂

  10. mycookinghut says:

    Looks very good as I really like the glossy look of it. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  11. Little Inbox says:

    The drumsticks look very juicy. I will try this method next time.

  12. Pei-Lin says:

    I bet these drumsticks are addictive by reading up your description and by their looks! Hmmm … The X’mas mood in me is still OK la … LOL! I don’t quite celebrate X’mas … Just joining for fun but not religiously.

    Merry X’mas to you!

  13. love these easy yet delicious recipes! what a great idea 😀

    Happy Holidays!

  14. This looks VERY good I’m totally drooling! My husband will love this. Bookmarked!

  15. Very juicy drumstick!!! It shinny skin makes me drooling. Very tempting to have it now.
    Happy Christmas to you!

  16. noobcook says:

    love the beautiful glaze, so yummy looking. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! ♥

  17. the chicken wings looks delicious. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  18. Fingerlicking! Balsamic and honey make one fantastic roasting sauce.
    Merry Christmas!

  19. Alice says:

    Wow! I am drooling even by looking at the juicy sauce and chicken! I am going to make this for New Year! Yours look great! 🙂

  20. MaryMoh says:

    Mmmm…this looks finger-licking good! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  21. sweetlife says:

    honey and balsamic are the perfect combo for chicken, yummy!

  22. this is totally perfect for holiday dinners! thanks a lot for sharing :]

    happy 2011! all the best in the coming year!! god bless xx

  23. Mei Ling says:

    Hi, can I use Manuka Honey as I only have this?

  24. michelle says:

    hi, love to read your blog very much.

    i have a problem of finding balsamic vinegar in kuching, sarawak. can i use normal type of vinegar? tq!

  25. Mei Ling says:

    Hi, I tried this last night. My hubby liked it very much. I have also tried your steamed chicken with wolfberries and red dates with success the last time. Thank you so much for sharing such easy and delicious recipes. I am one who doesn’t know how to cook. The beautiful pictures and easy recipes on your blog really motivates me to pick up cooking. I enjoy reading your blog and trying out the recipes.

  26. Adele says:

    Oh my.. This looks so delicious! Gotta try this out.
    But what other usage of balsamic vinegar since i intend to get a bottle of it.
    PS: I know nuts abt cooking but trying to pick it up now for my children. 🙂

  27. evelyn says:

    I baked it for dinner today and served it with white rice. My son loves it so much that he had two drumstickz. I didn’t know he has such a huge appetite. I’m training him to feed himself and this dish is perfect. Thanks! On personal note, balsamic vinegar really don’t taste like the normal tangy vinegar. Rather, it is more akin to an aged red wine (less alcohol).

    • food-4tots says:

      Evelyn: Wow! Such a great appetite! That’s great! Thanks for your kind feedback. It’s really a good move to training him for self-feeding. Well done, Evelyn! 😉

  28. SL says:

    Another big thumbs up!

  29. Jenn says:

    Does using ground ginger instead of fresh greatly change the taste? Have you done this with chicken breasts instead of the legs?

  30. Eugenia says:

    Can I use chicken wings to replace the drumsticks? Will have to reduce the baking time?

  31. Ong Hui Kee says:

    Where can I buy balsamic vinegar in Singapore as I have been searching from ntuc & cold storage.
    Thank you for ur generous recipes , im one of your supporter whom visit yr blog frequently.

    • food-4tots says:

      Ong Hui Kee: Thanks for your kind supports!! I bought my balsamic vinegar from NTUC. Cold Storage should have this item too. Sometimes you can find them at the organic section. Maybe you can check with the shop assistant. 😉

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  34. Ashley Renner says:

    Do you leave the cling wrap on while you cook? Or remove covering?

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