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Sweet and Sticky Grilled Chicken

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Sweet and Sticky Grilled Chicken
  • Prep Time 4 hr 0 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 40 min
  • Servings 12
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Sweet and Sticky Grilled Chicken

Oven-roasted and grilled drumsticks with a tangy, sweet and savory homemade barbecue sauce.

Ingredients

12
chicken drumsticks, skin on
2
tablespoons paprika
1
tablespoon dried thyme
2
teaspoons dried rosemary
2
teaspoons salt
1
teaspoon onion powder
1
clove garlic, minced
1
teaspoon chili powder
1/2
teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3
tablespoons brown sugar
2/3
cup ketchup
1/3
cup brown sugar
2
tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1
teaspoon hot sauce
Sliced green onions, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • 1 With a sharp knife, make a couple of slashes in each drumstick to the bone. Set aside.
  • 2 In a large bowl or plastic bag, whisk together paprika, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt, onion powder, minced garlic, chili powder, pepper and brown sugar. Add chicken and rub mixture into skin. Place chicken in bowl or sealed bag in refrigerator and let rest at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • 3 Preheat oven to 350°F. Place chicken in a large roasting pan and bake, turning over once, until cooked through, about 30 minutes. While chicken bakes, make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Set aside.
  • 4 Remove chicken from oven and place on a hot charcoal or gas grill (or 425°F oven) and grill, turning once, until hot and charred, about 10 minutes.
  • 5 Place grilled chicken on a serving plate and spoon sauce on top. Sprinkle on green onions if desired and serve warm.
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Sweet & Sticky Grilled Chicken

As prepared by Girl Versus Dough,

My summertime diet can be broken down into four categories: Ice Cream, S’mores, Salad and/or Berries and Grilled Chicken.


Sometimes it teeters more on the Ice Cream/S’mores Side, so when that happens, I like to balance things out with a nice dinner of grilled chicken. With salad or berries on the side. And more ice cream/s’mores for dessert (they are just TOO GOOD, OK?).

This Sweet & Sticky Grilled Chicken has been on the regular for quite some time now. It’s the best of all the things: Sweet, savory, tangy, even a little spicy. Plus, it’s ridonkulously easy to make and you only spend, like, one beer’s worth of time in front of the sizzling hot grill that’s parked in this overly hot weather we’re having. Sounds like a winner, winner, chicken dinner to me.

Chicken with dry rub

The first step to finger-lickin’ goodness is to slash the chicken a few times (I prefer using drumsticks for this recipe, but any piece of chicken will do), then rub in all that dry rub goodness. That’ll be some thyme, rosemary, paprika, garlic, chili powder and brown sugah. Leave the chicken to sit and make merry with the dry rub for a few hours in the fridge.

Chicken in roasting pan

Take the chicken out of the fridge and place it in a roasting pan. I like to prebake the chicken before grilling it so the end result is a more flavorful, more tender, mo’ juicier (and fully cooked) drumstick. Commence the drooling.

Chicken drumsticks on grill

Once the drumsticks are baked and cooked through, we grill…

Charred drumsticks on the grill

Until they’re nice and charred and OHMYGOSHCANIJUSTEATONERIGHTNOW.

Spooning on sauce

Ahem. As I was saying, once the drumsticks are done and grilled, spoon on that sweet, savory, tangy and spicy homemade barbecue sauce.

Sweet & Sticky Grilled Chicken, ready to eat

And now, enjoy. Try not to eat too many, though – we need to save room for ice cream and s’mores!



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