Sesame Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

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I am just going to put it out there that I know it is completely unfair of me to post a recipe that I made on the grill, when many of you guys are freezing your hineys off in other parts of the country (I am looking at YOU, Buffalo, NY!). So, yea… sorry about that.

Buuuuuut, I include TWO cooking methods below: on the grill and in the oven oven. So don’t click away just yet!

Sesame-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks - Healthy & Delicious -

The first time I made these Sesame Glazed Chicken Drumsticks, Travis and I devoured every single one. The sesame glaze is SO stinking good. What I love most about this recipe is that I had all of the ingredients in my pantry already — I just had to buy the drumsticks and green onions.

I significantly cut down on the fat in this recipe by removing all of the skin from the drumsticks. Don’t worry – they’ll still taste delicious because the sesame glaze gives these babies so. much. flavor.

Make sure to reserve some of the sauce for dipping!

Sesame-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks - Healthy & Delicious -

I serve these chicken drumsticks with a healthy green vegetable like broccoli or green beans, but that’s totally up to you!

Sesame-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks - Healthy & Delicious -


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Sesame Glazed Chicken Drumsticks
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Serves: 4
  • 8 skinless chicken drumsticks
  • Salt and pepper
Sesame Glaze
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons scallions (green parts only), finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1.5 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
Make the Sesame Glaze
  1. Combine all the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
On a Charcoal Grill (Recommended)
  1. Heat a grill to high heat. Pat the chicken legs dry. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the drumsticks for 12 minutes on direct heat. After 12 minutes, brush with half of the sesame glaze. Continue cooking the drumsticks on indirect heat for 5-6 additional minutes, until the thickest part registers 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.
  3. Serve with remaining sesame glaze.
In the Oven
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Pat the chicken legs dry. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the chicken drumsticks in the baking dish, making sure that none of the drumsticks are touching each other.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove dish from oven and brush each drumstick with half of the sesame glaze. Continue baking for another 15 minutes, until the thickest part of the drumstick registers 160 degrees on a meat thermometer. For browner drumsticks, broil on high for the last 3 minutes.
  5. Serve with remaining sesame glaze.

Sesame-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks Recipe - Healthy & Delicious -


  • January 14, 2016 - 9:58 pm | Permalink

    You’re forgiven for giving a grill recipe although yes it’s not exactly grilling weather here at the moment. But hey my grill indoors will work fine here too! Looks great and love that sesame glaze!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 15, 2016 - 8:15 am | Permalink

      Haha, thanks Simone!

  • Chelsea LeBlanc
    January 16, 2016 - 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Wow! These sound amazing! That sesame glaze sounds too good! 🙂

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 16, 2016 - 8:16 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Chelsea! The glaze is DEEEEELISH!

  • January 17, 2016 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    OMG these are gorgeous. I love the flavor of sesame and when its put into a glaze… YASSS

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 18, 2016 - 4:07 pm | Permalink

      Me too!!! Thanks girl!

  • January 17, 2016 - 9:44 am | Permalink

    These look like the perfect game day food!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 18, 2016 - 1:54 pm | Permalink

      They are! But healthier than most drumsticks or wings 😉

  • January 19, 2016 - 5:01 am | Permalink

    Looks so good. Will have to try making this soon. Thanks for sharing!

  • Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple
    January 19, 2016 - 11:37 am | Permalink

    I’ll forgive you for the grill recipe… I still use mine even in the winter.. And going out in the snow would be worth it for these chicken drumsticks!! Yum!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 19, 2016 - 6:46 pm | Permalink

      haha! I’m so glad Liz!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz
    January 21, 2016 - 8:35 am | Permalink

    YUM! i want these for dinner tonight!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 21, 2016 - 5:29 pm | Permalink

      Make ’em! Make’em!

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