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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Drummies Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Drummies Recipe

We were on a camping trip, and a young bachelor brought these chicken legs for dinner. They were fabulous! I was so impressed, I asked him for the recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 20 chicken drumsticks (about 5 pounds)


  • 1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder and cayenne. Add drumsticks, a few at a time; seal bag and shake to coat.
  • 2. Place chicken in two greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. (A small amount of meat juices will form in the pan.)
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until chicken juices run clear and a thermometer reads 170°-175°. Yield: 10 servings.

Reviews for Sweet & Spicy Chicken Drummies

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s_pants User ID: 174050 246513
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2016

"My kids and I loved these! They were simple to prep the night before and just pop it in the oven an hour before you want to eat the next day. My husband, however, asked me not to make them again. He just didn't care for them."

LynnOhio User ID: 5555909 234278
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015

"We love these. I buy a large package of chicken thighs, take the skin off. Mix the ingredients (I use less salt) in a large plastic bag ; toss in 2 or 3 thighs at a time to coat them. Then package 4 or 5 thighs to a plastic bag with the sauce & freeze. When we want some for dinner, I usually thaw the thighs in the fridge, then cook/steam in a pot, w/lid, on top of the stove. Watch to see if they need more liquid & brown them a little near the end of cooking time. They're done in an hour or less. If I cook them frozen it takes longer.

Of course you could leave the skins on/off & bake them too. My sister says using the oven is quicker."

JennatheBaker User ID: 7534634 230717
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2015

"It is an extremely simple way to prepare a cheaper cut of chicken. The first time I made these, I did not allow time for 8 hours of refrigeration, and I baked them after one hour. They were okay, but they are much better if you prepare ahead of time."

Kathy H User ID: 859463 225145
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015


lmmanda User ID: 1101093 209889
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"This is my family's favorite chicken recipe. We have it at least 3 times a month. I always use a large package of thighs and cut the spice ingredients in half."

bethie1988 User ID: 7504038 159032
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014

"This is an amazingly easy and wonderful recipe!! Everyone always loves them and asks for the recipe!!"

psnewcomer User ID: 4993901 174058
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2013

"Love, love, love this recipe. Very tastety & easy to make. Defenitely a keeper."

psnewcomer User ID: 4993901 105628
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2013

"Love, love, love this recipe. I'm always looking for new recipes with drumsticks. This was easy and very tastety!"

NevadaRose User ID: 4283670 174057
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"Really great recipe. The mixture of sweet and spicy is a nice change and its ease to make just adds to the appeal of the recipe"

janma User ID: 4069782 141569
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"Everyone loved them. Not too messy like barbeque."

Karen.Buske User ID: 6777614 88095
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"I also divide the the 2 cups of sugar with regular sugar and the other half with spenda."

Karen.Buske User ID: 6777614 92699
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"My husband has asked me to make this four time already, he totally loves this recipe. I use chicken legs and thighs. I add a little more cayene pepper to spice it up to my husbands liking. Thanks for the recipe it's a keeper!!!!"

jieastcott User ID: 1507778 173867
Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"Quick, easy, and delicious! Can't wait to make again"

cwbuff User ID: 441425 141568
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Super easy to make, and a great recipe for working moms. My family were all delighted with it. Perfect for parties or potlucks, without a lot of fuss."

Sadie01 User ID: 2581888 173848
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"Our family loves this recipe. I have shared it with friends. I do like to grill this chicken as well as bake it."

iafarmgirl1 User ID: 5558131 174871
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"I've made these several times. I usually divide the recipe in half as we are a family of five with very little kids. That being said, there are never any left. It won't be long and I'll have to make the full recipe and there won't be any left. We all love them!"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 105626
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"I may try these again sometime to see if we like them any better, but we weren't that excited about them the first time. They were all right....just not what I was expecting. Maybe grilling them would make a difference."

debihunt User ID: 842661 101020
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"I love this chicken. I constantly get asked for the recipe and it is so easy to make and tasty to eat."

gayla2010 User ID: 2969453 159031
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"I have made these several times.My whole family LOVES them you gotta try them."

lemsky User ID: 2013986 158977
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2009

"This is by far the BEST chicken recipe we've ever had!"

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