This recipe is adapted from a Giada de Laurentiis recipe and your kids are going to love this meal. Just tell them it's called Sticky Chicken and you will already have them interested. As a bonus for you, there is very little prep needed.
This chicken with a quick marinade is so easy to throw together in the morning, then when you get home from work, just bake 30 minutes, and dinner is ready.
The combination of just a few simple ingredients once again proves that making dinner at home can be so easy and it tastes even better than the food you get from the Chinese take-out place down the street. These chicken legs are moist and flavorful as the marinade becomes a sweet glaze as it cooks. If you have time, before you place the chicken in the marinade, score the chicken legs by making 3 or 4 slices into the meat all the way thru to the bone. This will allow the maximum flavor to be absorbed by the drumsticks.
1/2 cup Honey
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Dark Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 cup Soy Sauce
5 cloves Garlic, minced
10 - 12 Chicken Drumsticks
Pour marinade ingredients into a large Ziploc bag. Add drumsticks, zip bag closed and turn bag over several times to coat the chicken. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2-4 hours or all day for the best flavor.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil (I use Reynolds Non-Stick for easy clean-up) and place the drumsticks on the pan so they are not touching. Reserve the marinade.
Bake until drumsticks are dark brown in spots and slightly caramelized, about 30 - 35 minutes.
Pour the marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook 15 minutes. Brush the chicken with the marinade, return to oven for 3 - 5 minutes and serve with Veggie Stir-Fried Rice.