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Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken Drumsticks

Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken Drumsticks are a simple dinner with the perfect mix of sweet and savory. Not only is the glaze on these drumsticks picture perfect, it is flavor packed!

sticky sesame chicken drumsticks legs on a white serving platter

Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

I love a good set it and forget it dinner. These chicken drumsticks are as simple as stirring together the sauce, seasoning chicken drumsticks and baking on a sheet pan. Once the chicken is fully cooked it gets coated in an irresistible sticky sesame glaze!

This is a great meal prep recipe for a week of lunches. Make a batch of these chicken legs, while they bake cook rice and your favorite vegetables. Package servings or drumsticks, vegetables and rice for an easy grab and go lunch!

Chicken drumsticks are always a hit with kids, this is a classic family dinner the whole family will love!

What is in Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken Drumsticks?

ingredients to make sticky sesame chicken drumsticks legs

Star Ingredient

  • The sesame glaze for these chicken legs is a must try! The main ingredient is soy sauce, I use low sodium soy sauce. When simmering a sauce to thicken it does get saltier so by using a low sodium soy sauce it avoids an overly salty sauce. Garlic and ginger are paired with sesame oil and brown sugar to bring this flavor sauce together!

How to Make Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken Drumsticks

steps to make sticky sesame chicken drumsticks legs

Full Printable Recipe Below

Check out my short video tutorial here

1 Preheat oven to 425F. Combine the seasoning mix and coat all the drums sticks. Place on a baking sheet (lined with foil or parchment paper) with a wire rack on top and place in oven. Cook 25-30 minutes or until the drumsticks are cooked and juices run clear when pierced. Turn drum sticks occasionally to roast and brown all sides.

2 In a small pot combine all the glaze ingredients and cook on low-medium heat until sauce thickens slightly.

3 Reduce oven heat to 325F. Once chicken is cooked, brush one coat of glaze on each side and return to oven for 2 minutes.

4 Remove from oven one more time for a final brush of glaze and return to oven for another 2 minutes.

5 Once cooked, plate, sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.

sticky sesame chicken drumsticks legs on a white serving platter

Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion. Serve and enjoy!

sticky sesame chicken drumsticks legs on a white serving platter

Tips and Tricks

  • Foil paper (or parchment paper) is a MUST when making sticky glazed chicken. I line my pans with 2-3 layers and overlap the layers so none of the glaze ends up on my pan. This speeds up cleaning!
  • Baking on a wire rack allows the heat to circulate evenly around the drumsticks. If you do not have a wire rack you can bake these directly on the foil or parchment paper, just be sure to flip the drumsticks while cooking so they get crispy all around
  • Trick for Cleaning the Wire Rack – after cooking and once the pan has cooled, remove the foil or parchment paper. Flip your wire rack upside down into the pan and add warm water and dish soap. Let soak and then wash by hand or was in the dishwasher. The soaking loosens up any of the sticky glaze or bits of chicken.
sticky sesame chicken drumsticks legs on a white serving platter

Looking for More Easy Chicken Dinners?

I’m a huge fan of chicken dinners when feeding a crowd, you can’t go wrong with a flavor packed chicken dish:

  • One Pan Butter Chicken – my ultimate creamy and lightened up butter chicken. One of my all time favorite meals!
  • Sheet Pan Bacon Wrapped Chicken and Veggies – perfect meal for a dinner party or family dinner. Everything cooks on one sheet pan making clean up a breeze!
  • Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetables – Perfectly seasoned tender chicken served over stir fried vegetables in a sweet and savory teriyaki sauce. This quick dinner has become one of my families most requested meals.

Enjoy!

– Sab

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sticky sesame chicken drumsticks legs on a white serving platter

Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken Drumsticks

This Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken Drumsticks recipe is really very simple and so absolutely delicious! The mix of sweet and savory is so satisfying. The hardest part of this recipe is mixing the sauce ingredients together and that isn’t even difficult at all. This chicken recipe is full of rich flavor. I know it will be a hit with your family thanks to its bold, garlicky sweet sesame flavor in every bite!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6
Calories 391 kcal

Equipment

  • Sheet Pan
  • Wire Rack for Sheet Pan

Ingredients
 
 

  • 12 chicken drumsticks

Seasoning Mix

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes

Garlic Sesame Glaze

Garnish

  • Sesame seeds
  • Sliced green onions

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425F. Combine the seasoning mix and coat all the drums sticks. Place on a baking sheet (lined with foil or parchment paper) with a wire rack on top and place in oven. Cook 25-30 minutes or until the drumsticks are cooked and juices run clear when pierced. Turn drum sticks occasional to roast and brown all sides.
  • In a small pot combine all the glaze ingredients and cook on low-medium heat until sauce thickens slightly.
  • Reduce oven heat to 325F. Once chicken is cooked, brush one coat of glaze on each side and return to oven for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from oven one more time for a final brush of glaze and return to oven for another 2 minutes.
  • Once cooked, plate, sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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NUTRITION

Calories: 391kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 30gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 1814mgPotassium: 508mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 613IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg
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