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Honey Chipotle Chicken Drumsticks

Sweet honey lends just the right amount of sweetness to smoky and spicy chipotle peppers in this recipe for honey chipotle chicken drumsticks.

Sweet honey lends just the right amount of sweetness to smoky and spicy chipotle peppers in this recipe for honey chipotle chicken drumsticks.

Sweet honey lends just the right amount of sweetness to smoky and spicy chipotle peppers in this recipe for honey chipotle chicken drumsticks.

The first time I ever tried chipotle peppers in adobo (I think it was in this pimento cheese recipe), I knew I had to find a way to use it in a barbecue sauce. Enter these honey chipotle chicken drumsticks.

These drumsticks have just a hint of sweetness from the honey, but the flavor is mostly spicy and smoky. You can totally adjust the heat on these. If you like a little more flame, add more peppers. If you are a complete spicy food wimp like me, I would stay close to the one tablespoon or less mark. One tablespoon provides just enough heat without feeling compelled to grab a glass of milk every ten seconds.

Sweet honey lends just the right amount of sweetness to smoky and spicy chipotle peppers in this recipe for honey chipotle chicken drumsticks.

I have used this recipe in a variety of ways – chicken thighs, chicken quarters, slathered on chunks of chicken breast meat skewered and cooked over a grill. It would even adapt well to pork. It’s completely versatile and easy enough to throw together quickly on a busy weeknight.

Keep a stack of napkins handy. In true barbecued chicken form, it’s sloppy. But In my opinion, that’s a good sign.

Sweet honey lends just the right amount of sweetness to smoky and spicy chipotle peppers in this recipe for honey chipotle chicken drumsticks.

Sweet honey lends just the right amount of sweetness to smoky and spicy chipotle peppers in this recipe for honey chipotle chicken drumsticks.
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Honey Chipotle Chicken Drumsticks

Sweet honey lends just the right amount of sweetness to smoky and spicy chipotle peppers in this recipe for honey chipotle chicken drumsticks.
Servings 4
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 pound chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1-3 whole chipotle peppers in adobo pureed
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine oil, coriander, cumin, and paprika. Stir until combined.
  • Place drumsticks in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour spice mixture over the chicken. Toss until evenly coated.
  • In a separate bowl, combine honey, chipotle peppers, mustard, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste. Reserve half the sauce for basting.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Arrange drumsticks on a prepared rack over a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Baste chicken with the reserved honey chipotle sauce, flip, and baste the other side. Cook for an additional 20-30 minutes or until juices run clear.
  • Alternately, prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Place chicken on the heated grill and cook for 10-15 minutes. Bast with honey chipotle sauce, flip drumsticks, and baste the other side with sauce. Grill for an additional 10-15 minutes or until juices run clear.
  • Before serving, coat with additional honey chipotle sauce or arrange drumsticks on a platter with sauce on the side.

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